It is amazing how much progress has been made by the Church in Thailand. I had
the privilege of baptizing Jim McElwee in 1965 in Bangkok. We both were in the
U.S. military. He was the first convert baptism in Thailand. Our little branch
met in the living room of an U.S. AID family until we graduated to a Chinese
restaurant. If our fast and testimony meeting went over time, the restaurant
staff would come in and begin taking plates from the cabinets. Beside the open
door to the restaurant (no air conditioning) was an outdoor faucet. Women would
come to the faucet to wash their hair while we were having meetings. Eventually,
the U.S. AID family baptized their maid. Our branch was small, but we had a lot
3rd try....the 44k space includes not just the temple, but a chapel, apartments,
offices and other space, much like the Hong Kong & Tokyo temples. The
temple is maybe 1/4 of the total space.but wouldn't it be
awesome to serve there and to be able to think to yourself....I live in the
House of the Lord.
Only 'odd and awkward' thing I can see is people who don't like
the LDS Church keep reading articles about it-- and making disparaging
comments.Thanks for the articles and pictures of President
Although I did not serve a mission for the Lord Jesus Christ in His church, I do
have a love for the culture and dignity of our Asian Brothers and Sisters. On
July 26, 1971, while serving in the US Army in Chu Lai, Vietnam, I was baptized
in the South China Sea. My testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is
always strengthened when I am blessed to realize just how much our Heavenly
Father loves all of His children and He truly does know all of us individually.
It was exciting for me to see that President Nelson visited the Saints in
Thailand. We love the Thai people. They are so warm and loving. Our grandson is
engaged to a beautiful, sweet Thai young woman who will arrive here next month
on a fiancÉ visa. We have been to Thailand twice and have spent a lot of
time with her and her family. Wonderful people with loving hearts. I believe the
Church will grow more rapidly in Thailand once the temple is completed as
Buddhists commonly attend their temples and it is important to them. Nothing
like ours of course but I believe it will create a desire for many to know more
about Jesus Christ and His True Church.
Neither "odd" nor "awkward". This trip furthers the calling of
non-U.S. apostles to leadership in the L.D.S. church to what has become not a
"Utah Church", nor a U.S. Church--but a "World-wide church",
whose membership outside the U.S. is larger than those within!As a
young missionary for the Church in Uruguay in its early beginnings there, I
share the pride of hundreds of thousands of such young men and women who have
been instrumental in this--the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
becoming a World Church!
@mightyI am sure that someone on this thread would be happy to
translate.Not odd or awkward at all.🤗
I enjoyed the pictures and article, looking forward to visiting the Thailand
temple. I have to admit a special fondness for Asian people as I served a
mission in Hong Kong.In my traveling experience people are the same
everywhere, they care about family, friends and their country and what better
way to enhance that than to bring it all together with Heavenly Father and his
I can't read these articles without tears in my eyes. I served in the
British South Mission in the mid 1960s and know what a visit from a prophet
means to these people. Thank you for the photos. What a wonderful celebration of
A 44K sf temple. Make no small plans.The small temples are around
16K. Boise is 36K.But expanding up later is a difficult task. I
suppose it makes sense.
Thank you for the articles chronicling President Nelson's travels. Those
who have not been to the Far East won't really understand what is happening
there. My wife and I served as senior missionaries in Cambodia and visited in
Thailand (over 15 years ago). The temple in Bangkok will bless many thousands
of people from all over Southeast Asia. We also served in Hong Kong and
Mongolia, so the people there will be blessed by his visits also. Thank you
Thank you for the pictures and article. The pictures of the saints in Thailand
are especially beautiful.
"so odd... this is an awkward tour by Mormon church leadership."Not a very generous critique of this event. By secular criteria it may
be difficult for some to understand, but Pres. Nelson's visit has touched
the heart of many people.
This has been so fun to read about President Nelson's travels. Thank you DN
for the great articles.
Couple of weeks ago they showed some pictures of the temple to be constructed.
It is very tall and beautiful and it looks like it is sitting on a very small
piece of land.
so odd... this is an awkward tour by Mormon church leadership. Even the articles
are hard to read and conprehend...