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

January 26, 2019 - Groundbreaking for the Thailand Bangkok Temple
The temple site was purchased in 2008 as an investment in the future. The U.S. economic crisis had reduced property values everywhere. The site met the requirement to be on a major street. New Petchaburi qualified as that street. Thailand's first chapel is not far from the site, just off Soi Asoke.

The Thailand Bangkok Temple was announced on April 5, 2018 by President Thomas S. Monson, during the 185th Annual General Conference. Breaking with the tradition of not displaying the artistic rendering of a temple prior to groundbreaking, the artwork was released on March 19, 2018. The design fearure a multi-story temple with 9 spires, four in front and four in back, with the center spire holding the statue of Moroni.

While not a requirement to build a temple, it is customary to hold a groundbreaking ceremony. For that saints in Thailand today was their day for that event. The program of the day. This was the program of the day.

Conducting ..............................Elder Wisit Khanakham, Native Thai and Area Authority Seventy
Presiding ..............................................................Elder Robert G. Gay, Presidency of the Seventy

Invocation ...................................................Suchat Chaichana President Bangkok Thailand Stake
Speaker .................................................Sister Wipharat Uanphoklang - Korat Ward - Ubon Stake
Speaker ................................................................Elder Robert G. Gay, Presidency of the Seventy
Speaker and Site Dedication..............Elder David F. Evans, GA Seventy and Asia Area President
Benediction..............................................................................................Sister Pramong Jongkhao

..............................................Ceremonial Breaking of the ground...................................................
The site preparation was exceptional with construction walls on three sides, tents for those attending to provide shade from the hot Bangkok sun. The flowers at the podium were also very nice. Estimate of those attending at the site 250-300. The event was also carried on "Facebook Live" where over 600 people were viewing the event.

Among the mission presidents attending were Presidents Hammond (current), Eldredge, White, Slater, Hansen, Smith and Senior.

One issue that needs to be settled before the temple opens is the selection of a way to translate the letters in Thai names into English and then back into Thai. Family Search stores all names using Roman characters. Hopefully that can get solved sooner rather than later by the responsible parties.