This week has been pretty crazy! Lot's of thing happened and we saw lot's of miracles. The biggest event of the week though was our trip to Priest Hill/Karlštejn!
This is a summary sent to us by President and Sister McConkie : "July 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the formal return of missionaries to the Czech Slovak Mission. After forty years of communism, the Velvet Revolution of 1989 prepared the way for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be recognized again in February 1990. The first missionaries entered the country a few months later and the mission was formally reorganized in July of 1990 when my (President McConkie's) mission president and his wife, Richard and Barbara Winder, arrived in Prague. Last weekend, missionaries and members gathered to celebrate these things at the site where Elder John A. Widstoe of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles offered the July 24, 1929 dedicatory prayer of what was then Czechoslovakia. The dedication site is on Priest Hill, near the Karlstejn Castle. It is a small, beautiful, hidden spot where members and missionaries have gathered for many, many years. Elder Widstoe described the spot as a natural temple. For all those who attended this weekend's festivities, being at the monument site very much felt like being in the temple. During the original dedicatory services in 1929, it was noted that for the missionaries serving in this mission, "working in harmonie and in unison would bring success." Notes of Dedicatory Service of 1929, p. 1. Indeed, Elder Widstoe urged the missionaries to "conduct themselves in such a way that the Lord may be able to help them." Id. Thus, it has always been for the missionaries of this mission to access the Lord's blessings by choosing unity and obedience over disagreement and disobedience."
Friday was a super special day! Sestra Holland and I got up at 5:30am, and the elders drove us in their car almost 3 hours to Prague where all the missionaries in the whole Czech Republic met at the train station. It was so cool, we all got on one train and basically took it over! We went up to Karlštejn and had a picnic lunch, did some announcements, and then hiked up the hill to the spot where the mission was dedicated. And there was a surprise, a camera crew had come to film our celebration because they want to use it in a mormon message! I don't really know any more details than that, but we're excited to see what happens!
At the top of the hill we had a really awesome, spiritual program. Musical numbers, testimonies, talks, and then a moment of silence at the end. I always get so re-energized by trainings, but this was a training like I had never had before, it was amazing!
And then as everyone was walking back down, no one was really paying attention to what time it was, and then all of a sudden we only had 5 minutes to make it to our train back! There was just a giant hurd of missionaries running down the streets back to the train station, and we were all carrying packages and boxes from mail and our orders. The people we were passing were pretty confused, we all just thought it was funny. In the end we all made it to the train and safely back to Prague. Then Ses. Holland and I and the elders took roadtrip number 2 back to Brno. We got back just in time for dinner and planning and bedtime. It was such a great experience, I really hope my email can do it justice. :)
The gospel is true everyone. This is the Lord's work and he is behind it every step of the way. The Czech Republic has been preparing to have the gospel for such a long time, and I am so blessed to be a part of it now. It is amazing to see and hear the progress being made. I love this work, I love the gospel, and I love the people of the Czech Republic.
I hope you all have a great week. Thanks for your love, support, and prayers, I can definitely feel them! Love you all!!
PS - I'll send some pictures :)
Ses. Donaldson (visiting), Ses. Bailey and me with castle Karlštejn in the background. And a train full of missionaries on the way back to Prague! (right after we all just sprinted to catch the train!)