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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a long history in the Czech Republic (soon to be known as “Czechia“), with missionaries first having arrived in 1929. Sadly, though, a second World War and subsequent Warsaw Pact curtailed missionary efforts in the area throughout the Cold War, though existing members remained faithful and a number of individuals were baptized even during this period of isolation from the international Church.
Nevertheless, with the fall of communism and official recognition of the Church in 1990, the work resumed officially, if at a pace typical of what’s found in many European states (i.e. not Brazil).
On Sunday May 15, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, born to German parents in Ostrava, then-Czechoslovakia, organized the Prague Czech Republic Stake out of the Prague and Brno districts. The stake contains six ward, seven branches, and one group, with boundaries coterminous with the Czech Republic itself.
There are approximately 2,500 members of the LDS Church in the Czech Republic. The new stake is the fourth in Central or Eastern Europe, following the Kyiv Ukraine Stake in 2004, the Budapest Hungary Stake in 2006, and the Tirana Albania Stake in 2014. We’re not counting Russia in this list for geopolitical reasons.
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