Thailand Bangkok Mission

A Brief History of the LDS Church in Thailand

First Missionary to serve in Thailand (April 1854)
Elam Luddington arrived in Thailand in 1854. This was roughly the same time that Anna Leonowens arrived in Bangkok to teach the children of King Mongkut. Three other missionaries were called at the same time, however, none of them were able to make their way to Bangkok. Elder Luddington was the first missionary to ever serve in Thailand (Siam at that time). He stayed a few months and then finding the culture and language too difficult, he returned home. It would be more than 100 years before the next missionaries arrived.

Dedication (November 1966)
Elder Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated Thailand for the preaching of the Gospel on November 2, 1966 in Lumpini park in Bangkok. This event occurred at the height of the war in nearby Vietnam. It was the war in Vietnam that brought thousands of LDS servicemen to Southeast Asia and with them the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Beginnings (1968)
Six missionaries were transferred to Thailand from Taiwan (5) and Hong Kong (1) in 1968. From left to right Alan H. Hess, Robert W. Winegar, L. Carl Hanson, Peter W. Basker, Larry R. White and Craig G. Christensen. President Keith E. Garner of the Hong Kong Mission took these six Elders to Bangkok on February 2, 1968. They established a home on Soi 49 (Soi Klang) which was the mission headquarters in Thailand until the Asoke Chapel was completed in May 1972.

For the next 5 years Thailand would be a zone of the Southern Far East mission (February 1968 - November 1969) and then the Southeast Asia (Singapore) mission (November 1969 - August 1973).

Thailand Bangkok Mission Established (1973)
The Thailand Bangkok Mission was formed from the Southeast Asia Singapore Mission on August 1, 1973; with Paul D. Morris as the first mission president. President Morris and his family had been living in Bangkok for several years. He was the district president in Thailand prior to his call as mission president.

Book of Mormon Published (1976)
The Thai Book of Mormon was published in 1976. Amazingly Thai was the 24th language in which the complete Book of Mormon was published (excluding languages for which there is no version still in print). Srilaksana Suntarahut and her daughters were baptized on July 4, 1968. She became the primary translator of the Book of Mormon into the Thai language, assisted by missionaries. She was also the principal translator for the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. These books of scripture were published in 1979.

The Thai Book of Mormon was published in 1976. Amazingly Thai was the 24th language in which the complete Book of Mormon was published (excluding languages for which there is no version still in print). Srilaksana Suntarahut and her daughters were baptized on July 4, 1968. She became the primary translator of the Book of Mormon into the Thai language, assisted by missionaries. She was also the principal translator for the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. These books of scripture were published in 1979.

Sister Srilaksana had great command of the Thai and English languages because she was raised for 14 years (starting at age 6) by the queen Indrasakdi Sachi (wife of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) who was the son of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V)). Sister Srilaksana developed a close relationship with the Queen. The complete story of this translation of the Book of Mormon can be found in a book "Translating Scripture: The Thai Book of Mormon."

The Thai Book of Mormon was published in 1976. Amazingly Thai was the 24th language in which the complete Book of Mormon was published (excluding languages for which there is no version still in print). Srilaksana Suntarahut and her daughters were baptized on July 4, 1968. She became the primary translator of the Book of Mormon into the Thai language, assisted by missionaries. She was also the principal translator for the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. These books of scripture were published in 1979.

Sister Srilaksana had great command of the Thai and English languages because she was raised for 14 years (starting at age 6) by the queen Indrasakdi Sachi (wife of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) who was the son of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V)). Sister Srilaksana developed a close relationship with the Queen. The complete story of this translation of the Book of Mormon can be found in a book "Translating Scripture: The Thai Book of Mormon."

Bangkok Thailand Stake Organized (1995)
The first stake in Thailand was organized on June 18, 1995, by Elder Neal Ash Maxwell. Thipparad Kitsaward was called as the first stake president. His counselors were Suchat Chaichanaa and Seksan Siriphan. A blind man Ponchai Junthrapit was called as Stake Patriarch.

President Hinkley Visits (2000)
Gordon B. Hinkley visited Thailand on June 13-14, 2000. This was the first visit to Thailand by the president of the Church. While in Thailand an "early birthday celebration" was held on June 13, President Hinckley spoke to about 2,000 members and investigators on June 14, and also paid a visit to the prime minister.

Temple Announced for Thailand (2015)
On April 5, 2015, at the Sunday morning session of general conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced that a temple would be built in Bangkok Thailand. From groundbreaking to dedication it usually takes 3 years to complete construction. Thus should ground be broken in 2017, the probable completion date is 2020. The probable location of the new temple is ground the church purchased in 2008 on New Petchaburi road not far from Soi Asoke and closeby to the Bangkok City Airline terminal at Makasan.

About Thailand

Missionary Blogs

Elder Nathan Duncan
www.mymission.com/eldernathanduncan
2016
Elder Karsten Hinckley
www.mymission.com/elderkarstenhinckley
2016
Elder Nolan and Sister Michele Larson
www.mymission.com/eldernolanandsistermichelelarson
2016
Elder Kade Nielsen
www.mymission.com/elderkadenielsen
2016
Sister Heidi Parker
www.mymission.com/sisterheidiparker
2016
Elder Ethan Powers
www.mymission.com/elderethanpowers
2016
Sister Carolyn Hammon
sistercarolynhammon.blogspot.com
2016
Sister Hannah Jo Smith
www.mymission.com/sisterhannahjosmith
2016
Sister Lauren Woon
www.mymission.com/sisterlaurenwoon
2016
Elder & Sister Meeker
meekersinthailand.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Aaron Proctor
elderaaronproctor.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Benjamin Black
elderbenblack.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Christopher Osborn
elderchristopherosborn.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Conor Mitchell
eldermitchell.weebly.com
2015
Elder Davis Ridings
elderridings.wordpress.com
2015
Elder Elliot Mayo
elliotmayo.com
2015
Elder Joseph Chanthakhoun
chanthakhounonamission.weebly.com
2015
Elder Josh Keller
elderjoshkeller.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Kendall Vance
missionsite.net/ElderKendallVance
2015
Elder Keyen Neal
elderkeyenneal.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Mark Wager
eldermarkwager.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Reed Haslam
lds-thailand.org
2015
Elder Samuel Chamberlin
eldersamchamberlin.blogspot.com
2015
Mission Alumni
mission.net/thailand/bangkok
2015
Sister Brecklyn Nethercott
thaidupfor18months.blogspot.com
2015
Sister Katie Burbank
sisterkatieburbank.blogspot.com
2015
Sister Maisie Carrillo
sistermaisiecarrillo.blogspot.com
2015
Sister Sarah Morgan
sistersarahmorgan.blogspot.com
2015
Sister Terri Zoller
terriinthailand.blogspot.com
2015
Sister Tessa Herrmann
tessainthailand.blogspot.com
2015
Elder & Sister Soward
thesowardsinthailand.blogspot.com
2014
Elder Brandon Savage
missionsite.net/elderbrandonsavage
2014
Elder Braxton Johnson
facebook.com/ElderBraxtonJohnson
2014
Elder Jackson Harley
jacksoninthailand.wordpress.com
2014
Elder John Slaughter
elderslaughter.tumblr.com
2014
Sister Abbie Slaugh
smilingsisterslaugh.blogspot.com
2014
Sister Brooke Embley
missionsite.net/sisterbrookeembley
2014
Sister Elizabeth Stevenson
sisterlizstevenson.blogspot.com
2014
Sister Emily Steele
sisteremilysteele.blogspot.com
2014
Sister Mckenna Barber
sisterbarberinthailand.weebly.com
2014
Sister Monica Painter
sistermonicapainter.blogspot.com
2014
Sister Morgan Carter
sistermorgancarter.blogspot.com
2014
Sister Sydney Hughes
sistersydneyhughes.blogspot.com
2014
Elder Bryan Todd
budtodd.blogspot.com
2013
Elder Cameron Segura
missionsite.net/eldercameronsegura
2013
Elder Dillon Haughton
tigersinthailand.wordpress.com
2013
Elder Ethan Bennett
missionsite.net/elderethanbennett
2013
Elder Garrett Harris
missionsite.net/eldergarrettharris
2013
Elder Joshua Zitting
elderzitting.blogspot.com
2013
Elder Landon Simonsen
elderlandonsimonsen.blogspot.com
2013
Elder Robert Buss
lettersfromr.blogspot.com
2013
Sister Summer Crockett
missionsite.net/sistersummercrockett
2013
Sister Traci Yeo
sistertraciyeo.blogspot.com
2013
Elder & Sister Seangsuwan
elderandsisterseangsuwan.blogspot.com
2012
Elder Andrew Jensen
dcjensen.org/elder-andrew-jensen
2012
Elder David Stott
missionsite.net/davidhyrumstott
2012
Elder Narongrit Williams
missionsite.net/eldernarongritwilamas
2012
President & Sister Smith
smithhere.com
2012
Sister Breanne Roper
smilinginthelandofsmiles.blogspot.com
2012
Sister Jennifer Knutson
jennknutson.blogspot.com
2012
Elder Brandon Holt
elderholtinthailand.blogspot.com
2011
Elder Daniel Brown
elderdanielbrown.blogspot.com
2011
Elder Jacob Newman
eldernewmanthailand.blogspot.com
2011
Elder Tyrel Parkinson
tyrelparkinson.blogspot.com
2011
Sister Emily Henderson
emilysmission.blogspot.com
2011
Sister Katrina Amero
katrinaamerosmission.blogspot.com
2011
Sister Sara Webb
sistersarawebb.blogspot.com
2011
Sister Stacie Chambers
missionsite.net/sisterstaciechambers
2011
Sister Stacie Chambers
heart2heartspirit2spirit.blogspot.com
2011
Elder William Schulte
wcschultemissionspot.blogspot.com
2010
Elder Nathan Rosenvall
www.mymission.com/eldernathanrosenvall
2001

Address

1645/6 New Phetchburi Road
Makkasan, Ratchathewi
Bangkok 10400
Thailand

Mission President

Kelly R. Johnson

Region

Asia

Church Statistics

Thailand

Members: 19665
Congregations: 38
Missions: 1
Family History Centers: 7

Languages

Thai

Population

66.79 Million (in Thailand)

Operating

43
Years
4
Months
3
Days
Organized on 01-Aug-1973