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Hungarian gift 'is particularly sweet'

Fiaid mind az Ur tanitvanyai lesznek, es nagy lesz fiaid bekessege.

These words may not seem more than a foreign language to most people, but to Hungarian members of the Church, they represent their commitment to Primary children.The sentence, translates into the Primary theme: "And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children." (3 Ne. 22:13.) The theme was embroidered by Relief Society sisters from the Budapest 1st Branch, Budapest Hungary District, for the Primary general presidency and board.

"One of the touching things about this to me is the fact that the Primary theme is fitting and poignant, particularly when it is handcrafted by members in Hungary because the peace of the Lord is all, really, that you know when you have not been free. That is particularly sweet," said Michaelene P. Grassli, Primary general president, in reflecting on the gift. The embroidered piece will be on display at the Primary offices in the Relief Society building.

The Hungarian sisters embroidered the theme, set off by a heart made of blue forget-me-nots, and red, purple and pink flowers on linen cloth bordered with handmade lace.

"Although all the women are not Primary leaders, they are Relief Society sisters and mothers who are teaching their children to know about the Lord. All the Hungarian saints are very pleased to have the Church there," said Mary Jane Flandro in presenting the handwork to the Primary general presidency and board.

She and her husband, Royce P. Flandro, recently returned from serving in the Hungary Budapest Mission and were asked by the Hungarian sisters to present the gift.

"This is very typical Hungarian work," Sister Flandro said. "The handwork is a special technique they use in Hungary, and the blue heart of forget-me-nots is typical of Hungary. You will always find red and [theseT bright colors in their work."

Two sisters were responsible for the project, Sister Flandro said. Horvath Erzsebet, branch Relief Society president, spearheaded the project, and Foki Helen designed the work. Both have Primary-age children in the branch.

The Relief Society sisters in the branch decided to make the embroidered piece while making cloths for the sacrament table in their branch, Sister Flandro said.

She continued: "Sister Horvath presented the finished work to the Relief Society sisters and they were so delighted that they could have a part of this and that Hungary would be represented here with the Primary in the Relief Society building."

Each sister of the branch put at least one stitch in the work. The Flandros said the branch, although with only 12 Primary children, is growing at a quick rate.

When asked what the Primary general presidency and board could do to help the work in Hungary, Sister Flandro said, "As much as anything, give them encouragement and let them know that they are recognized. The members are anxious to learn more, and Hungarians in general are longing to know about the gospel."

The Primary general presidency previously received a piece of work from members of the Osaka Japan North Stake on Oct. 4. (See Church News, Oct. 26, 1991.)

More than 150 children from that stake helped stitch the embroidered work. The Primary general presidency at the time hoped to continue the collection in other languages for display in the Relief Society building. - Sheridan R. Sheffield

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