The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued an official statement with regards to charges against Elder Anan Eldredge, president of the church's Thailand Bangkok Mission. The charges related to a talk published in an international church magazine last spring.
"The charges against President Anan Eldredge, a native Thai, have just been received in Thailand. They are being studied, but few details are known at this moment," Bruce L. Olsen, managing director of public communications and special affairs for the church, said in a written statement."Since President Eldredge's talk to a church audience urging them to live their religion was published in the magazine in the spring of 1990 and was known to government officials at that time, his arrest in December seems to be related to recent changes in government personnel rather than to the alleged insults to Buddhist monks," Olsen said.
"Our church leaders in Asia are cooperating with Thai officials in an effort to resolve the matter."
The magazine article allegedly said Thai monks chanted prayers without knowing their meaning and that this was foolish.