Monday, July 28, 2014

July 28, 2014 - In which the mission travels to Karlštejn

Dear family,

We had a really great week! The most exciting thing was our trip to Karlštejn. On the 24th of July all of the Czech missionaries celebrated the 85th anniversary of the dedication of (what was then) Czechoslovakia for the preaching of the restored gospel. It was dedicated on a Priest Hill next to Karlštejn, which is a castle about 30 km from Prague. It was a bit of an all-day affair, but very spiritual and a definite boost for us.

The main program of the day was held at the site of the dedication (I attached a group photo at the spot). To remember the dedication we had a service a lot like the one that was held 85 years ago. We sang some of the same songs, had a musical number, heard some testimonies, and then one of the assistants to the President offered a (re)dedication prayer for us at the end. It was wonderful. It helped me to remember how much the Czech people need the message that we have. Truly our message is what will bring these people the most joy that it's possible to find. (If only they already knew that!)

This week we also were able to visit the T again. Their phone suddenly stopped working, so we had been out of contact for a couple of weeks. We had to go out to Chlumec nad Cidlinou to visit. On the way from the train station in Chlumec I had a heart-stopping moment. In the Czech Republic it's quite common for obituaries to be posted on windows of businesses, and on the way there I saw an obituary that read the name of one of the T. I jumped about a foot in the air and gasped really loudly and panicked quite a lot until I saw that it wasn't our T. They're actually doing fine. We're visiting again Wednesday :)

I don't have too much more time, but we met again with P. He's doing alright. He's having some difficulties with a couple of commitments but he's not really letting us help, which is frustrating. We're hoping that he does well.

We're already in the eighth week of our transfer! It's unbelievable. We're really hoping that we all stay together during the next one :) We'll see.

Anyway I better get off before I start rambling too much!

Elder Boyce

Karlštejn Castle

The Czech missionaries at Karlštejn. Daniel is on the back row, 4th from the left.

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