Experiences in Thailand on Our Mission

After the Flooding, Huge Humanitarian Effort

After the Flooding, Huge Humanitarian Effort
In Front of The New Chapel in Bangkok

In the Chapel putting Relief Bags together

In the Chapel putting Relief Bags together

Saturday, May 3, 2008

New Calling

To be working closely with the branch in Udonthani, Elder Seangsuwan was called to serve to new branch presidency as the 2nd counselor.

Searching new families to teach the gospel, helping new and less active members are great. Keeping us busy in the Lord work is our blessing.

Sister Nonglak was baptized yesterday was wonderful.

From Elder and Sister Seangsuwan

Two Weeks in Bangkok

We had to travel to Bangkok for our documentation to be updated this past month. Our IDs needed to be renewed to get our new Identification Cards for Thailand. I also obtained my Thai Driver License. When we were in Bangkok, we also invited Sister Missionaries to visit and to teach our relatives, Sister Seangsuwan's sister. We stayed in Bangkok for two weeks. While we were there we also met many other family's members. We were able to share with them our experiences of our mission. We visited my aunt who is 102 years old and my uncle is 96 years old. We asked them more for my family history information and so we can work on our genealogy and temple work. One other reason that our stay in Bangkok was prolonged was due to Thai Holidays from April 12 to 16 which caused the government offices to be closed. We got things done on April 17.

One of my nephews passed away in Bangkok on April, 11 and his wife and two children were told about the eternal family by Sister Seangsuwan. We referred this family to the young missionaries in Bangkok to continue to teach them the true gospel and the Plan of Salvation.

During two weeks in Bangkok, the young missionaries visited our investigators in Udonthani for us. We still plan for sister Un-Sumali to be baptized in a month.

On April 19, we returned back to our district. We continue to look for new family to teach every day. We have already found 7 people (3 families) and will continue to visit them. One family, which we met today, Vichai and Pitsamai, mentioned that they would like to see the Salt Lake Temple. They said they have heard about the Mormons for many years and that they were interested in learning more about the gospel. We gave them the Plan of Salvation pamphlet and scheduled an appointment to learn more.

This week, we have Missionary Zone Conference on April 24 in Khon-Kan, and Senior Missionary Conference in Chieng-Mai will be on May 19.

We also watched the General Conference from big screen in the chapel in Udon and sustained our new Prophet, President Monson. It was great to listen to their talks in Thai. I recognized the voices as I use to translate with them.

Yes, we enjoy the work of the Lord.

Thailand Mission Photos

Preston and Tanner Saying Hello to Grandma and Grandpa

It was a great time at Ching Mai that all Seniors there, and would like to post their names as follows; Elder and Sister Oldham, Elder and Sister Cook, Elder and Sister Facer, Elder and Sister Gonzales, Elder and Sister Greenwood, Elder and Sister Hatch, Elder and Sister Jones, Elder and Sister Laing, Elder and Sister McPhie, Elder and Sister Sitivong, Elder and Sister Snow, Elder and Sister Wasson, Elder and Sister Jones, Elder and Sister Meakley

January 27, 2008 to Present

We have been assigned to work in the Udonthani District. We have been given assignments to teach new and less active members by using book "Preach my Gospel." We work with less active members and we take part in humanitarian service. We have also been teaching teens on drug and alcohol prevention and keeping the law of chastity and the word of wisdom.

Sister Seangsuwan and I have also been asked to help with the training of the church leaders in this area. We have been in Udon since Jan 27. and do not know how long we will be in this district, it is up to the Mission President. We love the people here and love working with the other missionaries.

We have contacted about 44 families which 7 families are being taught the discussions. Our Mission President asked me to preside and train the leaders in Udon district on March 8. He and his wife are very happy to have us working with the people in this area. We are really happy and enjoy our assignment. For the most part the Thai people in this area open the doors and let us in to teach there family members. They are humble and happy to see Senior Missionaries come to their homes.

Our testimony has grown due to our assignment of teaching the truth of the gospel of the Lord to His children. Our most memorable moment so far is when we introduced ourselves to them that we are from Utah and come to serve the Lord in Thailand, eventhough, we miss our children and grandkids. Serving and leaving family is such a small sacrifice for such a great purpose. It helps us understand more of the great work that we are doing. We work each day and love to serve. Sister Seangsuwan loves to study scripture more and more and is doing her best to learn how to teach the gospel. She still loves to talk alot and share her testimony. We should teach only 30 minutes, but she still goes on and on and the converstation ends up over one and half hour each family.

I told her not to worry about the family at home. When we work hard we know that the Lord will take care of them. So far, we love to serve the Lord in Thailand as well as eat the Thai food. Wednesday is our Preparation day. Sister Seangsuwan does alot of window shopping but does not buy anything. She just likes to look around and I love to follow her. In the evenings, we return back to Church to help young missionaries teaching ESL and we also are able to meet new people to teach. In class, the last 10 minutes, I was introduced as Guest Speaker to teach something that I have learn in the US and answer their questions.

We have had a great experience on our mission and love all of you! Thank you so much for your support! More comments and pictures to come.