January 1, 2019 - Reed B. Haslam, web master of LDS-Thailand.org, retires as the defacto historian for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Thailand.

I was fortunate to have served a mission to Thailand under President Paul D. Morris and his wife Betty J. Morris (1973-1975). Doing so I came to love Thailand and its people. I've reached the age at which American citizens normally retire. I've found it more difficult to keep up with events in Thailand than it was previously. I hope someone younger than myself with a similar passion for tracking the development of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Thailand, will step up and take over my former role. I pledge to keep this website on-line until January 1, 2021. Over the next few years I hope to complete the transition of the site to HTML5, but I don't plan to add any future history except for the most significant events. If anyone has events of a historical nature that took place before 2019, I'd be happy to add those to this site.

Since the beginnings in the 1960s, the church has grown slowly but surely, progressing to the point where ground is about to be broken for the Bangkok Thailand Temple, with an expected completion date of 2023 (my opinion - you are free to speculate on your own). A great achievement in a country that is solidly Buddhist and where it is widely believed that to be a good Thai, one must be a good Buddhist.

I have authored two books on the church in Thailand and surrounding countries. The first Translating Scripture: The Thai Book of Mormon © 2006 and second, The Light Breaks on Southeast Asia ©2012. Copies of the latter book are still available for sale at HTown Publishing. These efforts took hundreds of hours and what I learned was simply fascinating and testimony building. Copies of these books are already being preserved at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints History Library in Salt Lake City. I feel I did my best to present an accurate history detailing both things that went well and things that went not so well. That is the role of a proper historian.

Sincerely - Reed B. Haslam - Web-master, Author, Computer and Atmospheric Scientist, Sandy, Utah, United States of America