March 21, 2016

Czech Prague Mission

Here are free resources about the Czech Prague Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Czech/Slovak Mission.

Czech Prague Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Czech Prague Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the mission address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

This mission does not currently exist.

Phone Number: N/A
Mission President: N/A

Czech Prague Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Czech Prague Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Czech Prague Mission

*Mission does not currently exist. (Browse LDS.org mission maps)

Videos with Czech Prague RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Czech Prague Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.

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Videos about the Czech Republic

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about the Czech Republic. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about the Czech Republic, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

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Czech Prague Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Czech Prague Mission. This blog list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their mission blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

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Czech Prague Mission Groups

Here are Czech Prague Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the mission.

  1. Czech Prague Mission Group (541 members)
  2. Czech Prague LDS Mission 1997-1999 Group (1 member)

Czech Prague Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Czech Prague Mission!

Shirt designs include Czech Prague Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Czech Prague missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Czech Prague Mission gifts

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Czech Prague Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Czech Prague LDS Mission.

  1. 2013, Mission renamed Czech/Slovak Mission.
  2. 2010-2013, David R. Irwin
  3. 2007-2010, Marvin Joseph Slovacek
  4. 2004-2007, G. Fred Yost
  5. 2001-2004, C. Richard Chidester
  6. 1998-2001, W. Mack Watkins
  7. 1996-1998, Edwin B. Morrell
  8. 1993-1996, Phillip J. Bryson
  9. 1993, Mission renamed Czech Prague Mission from Czechoslovakia Prague Mission.

Czech Republic LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 2,503
  • Missions: 1
  • Temples:
  • Congregations: 13
  • Family History Centers: 2

Helpful Articles about the Czech Republic

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Czech Prague Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Czech Prague RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

*Click here to take a survey about your mission.

When did you serve?

  • 1996-1998 (Jennifer)
  • 1996-1998 (Willie)
  • 1993-1994 (Christine)
  • 2006-2008 (Kasey)
  • 2009-2011 (Heather)
  • 1995-1997 (Kim)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Prague, Ostrava, Kolin, Kladno, Pribram. (Jennifer)
  • Brno, Uherske Hradiste, Prague, back to Brno. (Willie)
  • Pardibice, Prague, Nova Paka, Ceske Budejovice. (Christine)
  • Prague, Prostějov, Plzeň, Ostrava, Jičín, Mladá Boleslav, Liberec. (Kasey)
  • Brno, Prague, Uherske Hradiste. (Heather)
  • Prague, Uherske Hradiste, Brno, Liberec, Ceske Budeovice, Tabor. (Kim)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Smazeny cyr, Halusky, Studenska cokolada. (Jennifer)
  • Svickova na smetane Smazeny sir. (Willie)
  • Svíčková na smetaně, vepřové řizek, smažení sýr a květák, rohlíky, brambory, knedlíky. (Christine)
  • Svíčková, Vepřové knedlo zelo, Langoše, KOFOLA. (Kasey)
  • Dumplings with meat and fruit dumplings, fried cheese, pastries. (Heather)
  • Ovoce knedlik, vepreve knedlik and zeli, hruski, Czech yogurt. (Kim)

What was a funny experience?

  • Hearing an old lady in a nursing home use one of the worst Czech swear words in her normal conversation. (Jennifer)
  • Finding a stuffed animal (camel) on hump day. Accidentally leaving a brand new missionary outside of a tram, then it left…seeing the look on him- the scared face was priceless! (Willie)
  • I was just new to the country and I couldn’t speak much, so my companion did most of the talking. At one appointment our hosts brought out a plate of banana cake and I helped myself to a few slices as everyone else talked. Pretty soon the plate was empty. The hosts brought out a new plate full of cake. I kept eating because I didn’t no what else to do. (AND my companion said it was rude to not eat what you are offered.) I gained fifteen pounds in a few months because I could eat. Speaking Czech, on the other hand, wasn’t easy at all. (Christine)
  • Teaching a homeless man who lived in a cave. We called him “batman”. He was our only investigator. (Funny and sad?…) I kicked a soccer ball straight into Sister Holubová’s face during sports night. (Also sad…) (Kasey)
  • A couple funny experiences were when a drunk man almost fell into my soup, and when my companion played a prank and switched her name tag with an Elder’s. When his companion went to introduce him he started saying, “This is my companion,” and then he exclaimed, “Sister _____!” (Heather)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Having a hair dryer almost explode in my hands, seeing a body bag being brought up out of the metro, being barked at by a crazy man on Vaclavske Namesti, all on the same day! (Jennifer)
  • Gun pulled out on us (this happened twice)- one ended up being fake. (Willie)
  • We were riding a train home from an outlying city to be home before curfew and a drunk man was the only other inhabitant in our car. He started saying funny things like he was flirting. We hoped he wouldn’t get off the train when we did, but he did! We decided not to lead him to our home and walk a confusing pattern up and down some streets instead. Sure enough he gave up (probably because we made him dizzy). (Christine)
  • Man pushed me and threw my stuff off a bridge during the Slovak registration in ’06. Dude spit in my face. Old lady answered a door naked waist down. I was playing with the elastic exercise band from the MTC and it snapped back and hit me in the face. (Kasey)
  • I felt safe on the mission. Although my companion’s and a member’s bag were stolen by gypsies. (Heather)
  • One day while tracting, a very strange man opened the door. We proceeded with our door approach. He asked us to wait at the door for a moment. While waiting we hear a lot of metal clanking together. Upon his return he was holding a rifle pointed at us a demanded we leave the building. He shut his door and we decided to move one floor down. On our next door approach he swung open his door and we hear the sound of his gun loading. We swiftly jumped in the elevator, which happened to be on our floor, and as soon as the door shut we heard a gunshot. Tracting the next few days was slightly nerve racking. (Kim)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Teaching a very humble man who felt the Spirit right off the bat and having him be baptized – finding his home through specific prayer. (Jennifer)
  • Tracting into a long lost family member of one of our investigators. The Spirit lead us to his family! (Willie)
  • I remember questioning the validity of a 14 year old boy who saw God. The people we taught would say how fantastic that was–how impossible. I started to believe them. I knew the church was where I found happiness throughout my life. I believed in a Savior. Then one day I pleaded with Heavenly Father to help me know that Joseph Smith was real and the restorer of His gospel. We were in an appointment and I was relating the first vision and quoting Joseph’s words about seeing a pillar of light. Although the investigators looked at me with smirks on their faces almost mocking me, I received a beautiful witness as I spoke those words that what I was saying was true! I have never again questioned it. (Christine)
  • Watching the restoration film with investigators. Watching the finding faith in Christ film with investigators. Singing at street displays. (Kasey)
  • I loved visibly seeing happiness increase for people who kept their commitments and came closer to Christ. Also, their countenances would shine! (Heather)
  • Feeling the guiding direction of the Spirit each day we prayed where to work . Bearing our testimony at every single encounter. (Kim)

What are some interesting facts about the Czech Prague Mission?

  • The Czech Republic is one of the most secular countries in the world. It has a very rich an interesting history. Because Adolf Hitler planned to use Prague as one of his government seats after he took over the world, there was little damage done to it in World War 2. (Jennifer)
  • The area has lots of cool historic sites, remember you are probably only there once, make time to visit them and get to know the culture! (Willie)
  • It has hit the list of the most godless countries in the world (people are not religious). They love ice hockey and soccer. Beer is cheaper than bottled water. They celebrate major Christian holidays even though most don’t practice religion. Czechs will even admit that Czech grammar is crazy hard. Public transportation is 90% of the way people travel. (Christine)
  • Had Communism for 41 years, so it’s affected many Czechs’ view on religion. Members kept The Church going in secret during Communism. The inventor of soft contact lenses is from the Czech Republic. Czechs have thrived in tennis, winning Wimbledon and other major events. (Heather)

What was the weather like?

  • Like Idaho or Utah – 4 seasons but more humidity in winter and summer. (Jennifer)
  • Moderate. (Willie)
  • The climate is a lot like New York State weather: humid and warm/hot in the summer, dry and cold in the winter. Snowfall varies depending on the elevation. It rains a fair amount, but not like the Northwest USA. (Christine)
  • Like Utah, but with more humidity- Bring hand warmers (that you shake) for the winter. They truly help! (Heather)
  • Four wonderful and beautiful seasons. (Kim)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • The people lived at that time in still very humble circumstances – not everyone had a telephone, apartments are small. This taught me that it is possible to have less and still be just as happy. It is a beautiful place from a landscape point of view as well. (Jennifer)
  • They are mean, stubborn and rude, but if you get past that exterior, they are the best people you will ever meet! (Willie)
  • Even though the people may seem reserved and almost grumpy in public, they are some of the most loving and caring people I’ve met. A lot of them don’t have wealthy lifestyles, but they would give everything to you. At the time it was untainted by the western world, so the country was easy going and safe. (Christine)
  • They are very hospitable by offering you something to eat or drink while you’re at their home. (Heather)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes for summer and good boots for winter. Bring suitcases that can roll! (Jennifer)
  • Take a normal coat. Take good walking shoes that are waterproof. Take a good backpack (you need one that can last 2 years of daily use). (Willie)
  • Shoes that stay dry in rain and slush. Wool coat or other warm coat that can be layered. Your shoes must go on and off easily because you take them off at every visit. (Christine)
  • Ecco shoes are very comfortable and endure. You want comfort since you’re walking all the time and on cobblestone. (Heather)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • It helped me to be a better judge of character and also helped me to make a decision about my career that I probably couldn’t have made otherwise. It was the best thing I have ever done up to now. (Jennifer)
  • A foundation of faith that has effected me then, now and will in the future! (Willie)
  • Greater knowledge and testimony of the gospel. A love for other cultures. Gratitude for the situation I live in and the functionality of The Church in the US. (A good husband, he served there too, but we didn’t meet up until after.) (Christine)
  • Learned to persevere through hard times. Learned to deal with difficult companions. Felt the Spirit. Learned to forget myself. Learned service. Learned to use time wisely. (Kasey)
  • Increased testimony and confidence in myself. (Heather)
  • Learned how to study, work, and recognize how I felt and recognize the prompting of the Spirit. (Kim)

What are some skills you gained?

  • People skills, more compassion, open-mindedness. (Jennifer)
  • Understanding that hard work and keeping the rules pay physical and spiritual dividends. (Willie)
  • Speaking with strangers, being likable. Teaching. English grammar. (Kasey)
  • Speak Czech, interact with people of different beliefs. (Heather)
  • Learned how to communicate to diverse cultures, people and education levels. Learned how to set daily goals. (Kim)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • Brought a suitcase with rollers! (Jennifer)
  • I wish I would’ve spent more time visiting the historic sites. I used Preparation Day to study and catch up on stuff. I wish I would had visited every historic site in my Preparation Day… Studying and washing clothes can be done at home at night… (Willie)
  • The language was hard and I wish I had exercised my faith for my language skills more. I wish I would have pushed through and been more diligent at practicing, even though I didn’t know it “well enough”! (Christine)
  • Recognize and follow the Spirit. (Kim)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Czech Prague?

  • Learn to really love the people and not think of them as being less than Americans. Remember people in another country don’t just speak another language but they also have a different mindset. This doesn’t mean that this mindset is not as good as the American mindset, it is just different and you can learn from it and be enriched by it. They are children of God just as anyone else. (Jennifer)
  • Keep every rule you can, but make time for fun things on preparation day. Also do as many things as you can with the members. It is people and relationships you will remember, not how many discussion you memorized or how fast you learn the discussions. The language will come when you speak with people… So do it! (Willie)
  • Read The Book of Mormon and become familiar with its teachings, bear your testimony in church and with your friends, pray and attend your meetings, if you have the chance, go with the missionaries. (Christine)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Just never say the English word peach out loud in public – it sounds just like a really bad Czech swear word! (Jennifer)
  • If you say, “I am hot” jsem Tepla, it means you are warm, which translates to “I am Gay”. It was always fun to watch young/new missionaries make this mistake! (Willie)
  • The words for vision and prison are very similar! (Heather)