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Book of Mormon available in Estonian
Erki Koiv 23Jan00 D1

TALLINN, ESTONIA -- The long waited volume of Scripture in Estonian (language belonging into Finno-Ugric group, related to Finnish and Hungarian, spoken by about 1,000,000 people) is published. The Saints in Estonia have been waiting for that day many years. Every year Christmas were approaching people started to discuss about the Book of Mormon in their native language. It has been a great achievement to read the scriptures every day in a foreign language. For most Estonian members the Finnish Book of Mormon was the source of their testimony. But there were many who couldn't really read the foreign languages. It is hard to imagine their joy!

Today at the Sacrament meeting Tarmo Lepp, Tallinn Estonia District President, read the letter from First Presidency announcing the Book of Mormon in Estonian. Following that he placed the first copy at the pulpit for use by the following speakers. That was a day waited for so long. People were thrilled with joy. At the special meeting held after Sunday School, members were encouraged to read it and share with their friends together with their testimony of it. Special testimony meeting was held, were many being involved in the translation process testified.

It surely shows that the work will move on in this part of the Lord's vineyard. The Estonian Saints are all thankful for our Heavenly Father. This was a special gift introducing the new year - year 2000!


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