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

Friday, June 6, 2008

May 27, 2008

Being a member of the Branch Presidency, Elder Seangsuwan spends more time at Church on Sundays to serve the Branch. In Udonthani, there are two branches. Udon One runs the meeting from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. However as Senior Missionaries, we have to be at Church from 8:45 AM. For the Udon Two Branch, too.

We do have investigators for both branches, so we have to be at church for both branch meetings. We also help the Udon Two branch with visiting 3 less active families and the Udon One with 5 families from as well.

The new Branch President has been doing very well in terms of running the Branch. Elder Seangsuwan only helps him around as needs. Doing missionary work and helping in the Branch keep us busy.

We went to Ching-Mai for a week for our Senior Missionary Conference. We have learned so much how to be an affective missionary. We also learned from two couples from Mynma and another two couples who are working in Laos. Those four couple could not use the Elder and Sister title in those two countries. They are banned to do the missionary work there and can only serve as Humanitarian services. There is a small branch with few members in Mynma. However, there are over hundred members in Laos.

Our plan for our investigators to be baptized in a couple weeks. Brother Fiat, 20 years old as well as Sister Un Su Maly. Sister Bun-Thita is also plans to be baptized.

Sister Somchit is about sixty-five years old and her nieces, Sister Benchamath is 15 are also planned to be baptized in a month. We enjoy serving the Lord in this calling.

Brother Fiat told us that his mother would like him to be a Buddhist monk for 3 months. He told his mother that he could not do that since he has faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. His mother then told him that he needs to be an active Christian and to please help his younger brother.

Today, 5/27/2008, we were teaching a young man named brother Kieng, also 20 years old. Culturally, a young man, 20 years old in Thailand, should be invited by their parents to have their sons be a monk for at least 30 days. After the plan of Salvation was given to him, he asked if he could still become a monk first due to his mother request. We told him that he would be the one to make that decision. He said he would let us know in a week.

The work is great!

From Elder and Sister SeangsuwanThailand Bangkok Mission

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.