I was in the Caribbean on a senior mission and visited Haiti twice in 2000 and
2001. A temple was mentioned as a future possibility, but not this soon. It is
due to the dedication of the missionaries and the people of Haiti are very
I too served in the early 80's and am wondering who that new mission pres
is and if I know him. The growth was slow back then, but it is flourishing now!
Three well-deserved places for temples. We are especially happy to hear of the
Bangkok Temple, and know of the lives it will bless there. We have
fond memories of the people of Thailand, and how we accidentally traded our
daughter, then nearly four, for an old elephant. It took a lot of translations
to convince the Mahout that even though the elephant was obviously much more
valuable, we wanted our daughter back. It didn't help that she was kicking
and screaming to stay and swim in the river with the baby elephant she was
riding, but things were eventually straightened out once my husband let go of
the leash he had been handed to the large elephant. It's one of our
favorite family stories which our daughter still remembers well. There are no more humble and spiritual people than in Thailand, and I know the
gospel will flourish and grow there.
I am so excited for the people in and near Bangkok. This is certainly going to
be a blessing and a boost in missionary effort for not only Thailand but all of
southeast Asia. The other temples are great too, I just have a special place in
my heart for the Thais.
This is awesome! I loved the story about the young couple (at the beginning)!
I was half way expecting that this would be another conference were no temples
would be announced. I was so thrilled to have been wrong.I have a
cousin, a year younger than myself, who served his mission in Thailand in the
early 80's. He was just called to be the new Mission President in
Thailand. I haven't talked to him yet, but I'll bet he is thrilled
beyond words.Sometimes I've wondered if the earthquake in Haiti
literally helped clear the way for a temple there. I know it was such a
devastating thing and would never wish such upon anyone, but sometimes, greater
things come after the old things are broken down.These temples will
be such a blessing - like TA1 said - they become a focal point and it will be
wonderful in years to come to see what grows up around these edifices as they
become the focal point of the communities they will serve.
I've seen many posts that say that the money the Church uses for Temples
should be used for things like Hospitals especially in countries like Haiti.
While it is true that hospitals are important, I think what those who are
critical of Temple building gloss over is that a Temple (or other edifice for a
members of an other faiths) serves an an anchor for the members and that
personally enriches they lives of the members because they have some thing to
look to - something that sets them apart and uplifts them. Just a simple thought
- not pushing and agenda.
You are right IDSpud!! Just opened my bank sub-account to save my
"baht" for the temple dedication!! My eyes were really "moist"
all day yesterday...and at some times really, really moist!! Starting off today
the same way!! Maybe we need to have a missionary reunion for all missionaries
who have served in Thailand at the next Conference in October!! Thailand has
truly been blessed!!
I was thrilled and suprised to find out that there are 18,000 members in
Thailand! What growth since I was there in 1975 as a serviceman in the north
country. We, two of us, on a small base attended a small "twig" in
Lampong. (2 Elders, 2 US service men, 5 members, 3 contacts = twig in my book!)
But what a joy to attend each week and receive the emblems of the Sacrament from
the Elders. They translated to us the two meetings, then we went for lunch. It
was the highlight of the week for me.It was a refreshing respite
each week that I looked forward to. Now they are blessed with a Temple to the
Most High God. Great! Just wonderful! I hope Wanna Suwannasut(sp) is still
active so she can enjoy this event. God bless the wonderful faithful Thai Saints
as they plan now to attend a Temple in their own county!!
I'm going to guess that rford28213 is Elder Ford whom I vaguely recall. I
served in Thailand from '78 to '80. I was part of the music group that
was eventually disbanded some 3 months after I became a member of the group. I
was known as Elder Lep San (short nail). What a joyous time for the
members in Thailand!! I am so overjoyed for them. I too never thought such would
happen in my lifetime. There wasn't even a ward in all of Thailand back in
the late 70's. When I served, the work was so slow, I never expected that
even a Stake would be possible during my lifetime. Oh ye (me) of little faith!
What a blessing for all of Thailand!
As an early missionary (1976-1978) in Thailand I truly never thought I would
live to hear the day that one of the Lord's Holy Temples would be built in
that wonderful land!! The work was so challenging and the people were so
beautiful!! Those early converts worked so hard for the only LDS church
building in Thailand, the chapel on Soi Asoke!! Virtually every other meeting
was held out of the missionary's homes. I was first assigned to the
outskirts of Bangkok in a little town of Bangkapi which now has its own ward
house!! I remember getting up before 6 AM so we could go "bus stop"
proselyting just to get 5 minutes of a father's time so we could meet them
in their homes to talk about Family Home Evening and the gospel. When I first
got to Thailand, the only printed Book of Mormon was on mimeographed 8 1/2 by 14
inch paper!! In the Thai language, "Thailand" literally means "Land
of the Free", and today they truly are!! Thailand is also known as the
"Land of Smiles"...and today the members are literally smiling from ear
to ear!! Thank you Heavenly Father!!
The temple is everything President Monson said it is. It is The Lord's
house on earth--a place of peace, of learning, of order, of making eternal
covenants...I'm so happy for the Saints in Ivory Coast, Haiti, and Bangkok,
Thailand! A lot of prayer has brought this announcement today.
In 1994 I deployed to Haiti as we helped Aristide return to power. Due to the
ruthlessness of Duvalier’s regime, LDS missionaries had been removed and
the church buildings closed. I was shortly thereafter called to be the
Servicemen’s Group Leader in what was then the only functioning LDS church
in the country.We met outdoors, and witnessing our activities, a
number of Haitians asked if they could join with us. We were not permitted to
baptize them, but did enjoy their fellowship with us. One saw us setting apart
one of our brethren, and requested that we lay our hands on him as well –
so we provided a blessing to him, too.In 2010, I returned, this time
from the Pentagon, leading a planning group following the devastating
earthquake. Despair seemed to prevail – though many Haitians were still
quite happy as is their nature.What a joy it was to hear today of
the plans to build a Holy Temple in Port-au-Prince – such a change to what
existed 2 decades ago. Thank you Elder Andersen for your constant work there!