Church History
Slovakia: Church Chronology

Slovakia: Church Chronology

July 24, 1929 • Prague, Czechoslovakia

Elder John A. Widtsoe of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated Czechoslovakia for the preaching of the gospel.

August 24, 1939 • Czechoslovakia

Missionaries were evacuated prior to World War II. Josef Roubíček was called as acting mission president.

1946–50 • Czechoslovakia

The Czechoslovak Mission briefly reopened. On April 6, 1950, government officials banned the Church from all public activity and expelled all foreign missionaries.

1950–89 • Czechoslovakia

No foreign missionaries were allowed in Czechoslovakia. Church members had only occasional contact with members and leaders outside the country. Beginning in 1975, members used yoga classes to teach the gospel.

November 17–December 29, 1989 • Czechoslovakia

The nonviolent Velvet Revolution ended Communist rule and began the transition to a parliamentary republic.

May 2, 1990 • Czechoslovakia

Missionaries returned to Czechoslovakia.

July 1, 1990 • Prague

The Czechoslovakia Prague Mission was created with Richard Winder as president.

Fall 1991 • Bratislava, Czechoslovakia

Missionaries began laboring in the capital of Slovakia.

October 1991 • Trenčín, Czechoslovakia

Peter and Hana Václav, the first Slovak members, began holding Church meetings in their home.

January 1, 1993 • Slovakia

Czechoslovakia was divided into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. With the division, the Church did not maintain official recognition in Slovakia.

January 24, 1993 • Trenčín

The Trenčín Branch, the first branch in Slovakia, was created with Peter Václav as president.

May 1993 • Salt Lake City, Utah

CzechTV made a documentary about the Church, which was broadcast in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

July 1999 • Bratislava

Rudolf Schuster, president of Slovakia, and his wife attended a Church open house and accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon.

May 2005 • Bratislava

The Church formed a committee to seek legal recognition in Slovakia.

April 2006 • Slovakia

The Prague Czech Mission sent humanitarian missionaries to Slovakia to provide assistance to the poor.

May 12, 2006 • Trenčín

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated Slovakia for the preaching of the gospel.

September 2006 • Slovakia

The Church organized a signature drive to gather the 20,000 signatures required to qualify for legal recognition.

Slovakia: Elder David A. Bednar

October 18, 2006 • Bratislava

The Church received legal recognition in Slovakia.

February 2013 • Salt Lake City

The Book of Mormon was published in Slovak.

July–August 2013 • Slovakia

The Czech/Slovak Mission hosted a multination YSA conference at a historic mountain resort in Slovakia.

March 29, 2015 • Bratislava

The Bratislava Slovakia District was organized with Samuel Seidl as president.