We all gasped! There in President's hands was a Slovak Book of Mormon. He handed Elder Meridith the copy and had him finish reading Mormon's promise in Slovak. Elder Meridith struggled to keep from crying. The room was so hushed, the Spirit was so strong and the peace was so tangible. I can't put into words the exact feeling. But it was incredible.
After he finished reading President bore the sweetest testimony through his tears. I've never seen him get so choked up about something. He said in all his years of church service he had never seen the adversary work so hard against something as he did against the publication of the Slovak Book of Mormon. He then proceeded to relate to us how everything that could have possible gone wrong had gone wrong. I could hardly believe how much opposition there was. But President wouldn't give up. He did all in his power to get at least 20 copies of the Book of Mormon to Brno - one for each missionary in the Slovak mission- and he did!
As we stood to sing the mission song, there was hardly a dry eye. As we sang:
"The seeds are sown, the field is white
in Czech and Slovak tongue
come join the harvest of mens souls
until God's work is done.
We are called of God to a land once cold.
Bringing forth His wondrous light
And with us the Lord labors here!"
The tears just rolled down my cheeks. The seeds are sown in Czech and truly now in Slovak tongue. How grateful I am that finally we have the Book of Mormon in Slovak. How grateful I am to be a part of this magnificent work. After the closing prayer the Slovak missionaries lined up and President handed each of us our own copy of the Book of Mormon. We then took pictures.
|Mission President handing out the Book of Mormon.|
|Sestra Pyšňáková with President and Sister Irwin|
I love you all! This is truly the Lords work! In this "secret" conference there had been several milestones made - a new mission president announced approval by the area presidency to open up a new area in Slovakia, Nitra, to missionary work and establish a unit there, and the Slovak Book of Mormon. President says it's significant and I agree!
S laskou, Sestra Mel Pysnakova