2010 News
December 7, 2010 - The new Thai Triple Combination is available now. [See the entry for November 8, 2010 for ordering from within the United States].
Congratulations to the Translation Team in Bangkok for making the Thai Triple Combination a reality. The first edition of the Thai Book of Mormon was printed in 1976. The first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants was printed in 1979. Both of these pre-date the revised 1979 LDS Edition of the Bible in English and the 1981 Edition of the Triple Combination in English. While some will grumble and moan about the changes in this 2nd Edition of the Latter-day scriptures in Thai, that follow present mandated translation guidelines from church headquarters, there is no doubt that having some of the content from the LDS Bible, and the expanded cross references and index (from 1981) will be a blessing to the Thai Saints and will strengthen the church in Thailand.

Thai Pearl of Great Price Title Page
The "Large Print" English Edition (left), Thai (2010) Edition (right).
Spine of the Thai Triple Combination
3 Nephi 11 Heading
From the photo above you can see that the Thai triple combination is somewhat smaller than the large print edition in English. What you cannot see from the photograph is that is it somewhat thicker than the English version.

While no conclusions can be drawn from the page counts of the first and second editions due to format and font differences, content differences etc. (not to mention footnote differences) that detail is provided here.

Volume English
Thai 1st
Edition (1976)
Thai 2nd
Edition (2010)
Book of Mormon
Pearl of Great Price
Book of Mormon Index
D&C Index
Triple Index

The Thai Triple Combination also has the Bible Maps and Photographs and selections from the Joseph Smith translation of the Bible as found in the LDS English Bible (1979).

November 8, 2010 - New Thai Scriptures are in the Warehouse in Salt Lake City.
A call to the LDS Church distribution center in Salt Lake City revealed that the Thai Triple combination is in the distribution center warehouse, but no purchases are allowed until a certain number have been shipped to Thailand. There are two formats. The ordering information for the central distribution center in Salt Lake City Utah is:

Format Item # Cost USD
Economy (Paperback) 34744425 $ 5.00
Leather bound (Not Indexed) 34404425 $ 18.50
November 3, 2010 - New Triple Combination now available in the Thai Language - Name of the Church in the Thai language has now officially changed.
The new translation - 2nd edition of the LDS scriptures in the Thai language are now available on-line at this address:http://scriptures.lds.org/tha/
It also means that the official name of the church has now changed to this:
In the standard name plate format it looks like this:

The sacrament prayers in Thailand will change Sunday November 14, 2010 to follow the new translation. The printed version should be available in coming weeks in Thailand and from the distribution center in Salt Lake. The new Thai scriptures were printed in Salt Lake City, Utah.
October 23, 2010 - Northeast Thailand (Isan) hit by remnants of Typhoon Megi, Church provides relief to displaced families

A typhoon (hurricanes in the western pacific are known as typhoons) named Megi inflicted damage along with pain and suffering to the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand during the past week. After hitting the northern island of Luzon in the Philippines, the storm regained strength as it crossed the South China sea and hit Vietnam. As it weakened over Laos and Thailand it dropped copious amounts of rainfall. Ten people died in the Philippines from the storm. Flooding in Vietnam and Thailand caused thousands to leave their homes. In central Vietnam over 100,000 people were homeless. The hardest hit area in Thailand was the province of Nakorn Ratchasima (gateway city to the country's northeast (Isan)). In Thailand thousands are homeless including nine LDS families.

On Saturday October 23, many members from the Bangkok Thailand Stake and the Pakkret district gathered at the New Petchaburi building to organize, pack and ship supplies to those in Isan suffering from the large scale flooding of the past week.
Sister Missionaries in the Thailand Bangkok mission distribute supplies near Nakorn Ratchasima (Korat)
Member of the Korat Branch distribute supplies to victims of the flood
Bangkok Stake and Pakkret District Members pick arrange and pack supplies to be sent to Nakorn Ratchasima (Korat) Thailand
Working at the New Petchaburi building Members form lines to load a truck bound to help those displaced by the flooding in Northeast Thailand
Read the article in the Church News
Wisan Wisanbannawit produced a video of those who helped at the New Petchaburi building on October 23rd. Facebook: video:
To get some idea of the flooding in Korat see this YouTube video

September 26, 2010 - New Petchaburi Property Adjacent to the new City Airline Terminal - Makasan

The church property on New Petchaburi Road (not far from Soi Asoke) became more valuable in August 2010 when the new "City Airline Terminal" at Makasan was completed. The terminal is located literally over the back fence from the church property. In the photo below you can see the west end of the existing building on this property (where the Din Daeng branch currently meets). In back of the building you can see a small part of the new Makasan terminal on the Airport Rail Line. From that terminal you can travel to Suwanaphumi Airport in just 15 minutes on the "express train" (nonstop). The terminal is just a 10 minute walk from the New Petchaburi property. Patterned after the "City Airline Terminal" in Tokyo, the new facility will allow passengers to check their bags at the Makasan station and "check-in" for their flights prior to boarding the train to the airport. This new train is the fastest and smoothest in Thailand. It was a great ride.

Not shown in this photo is a new condominium complex being constructed next door to the west. That new building is about 15 stories tall. New at the intersection of Asoke and New Petchaburi roads is an overpass for traffic on New Petchaburi Road that allows through traffic to cross Asoke without stopping. The new overpass does obscure the existing building from westbound traffic on New Petchaburi Road.
Makasan Terminal sits just behind the New Petchaburi property
Statue of Christ - Lobby New Petchaburi Building
Chapel on the first floor.
Grounds in front are well kept. The New Petchaburi road overpass can be seen in the background. This photo was taken from the building looking south.
The long term plan for this property is to tear down the existing building and construct a new multi-use building on the site. One day, at sometime in the future, this site will become the new "center of the church" in Thailand.
September 19, 2010 - Asoke Chapel following remodeling.
The Asoke chapel was remodeled in 2009. Most of the changes were to the interior. New lighting in the chapel has eliminated the darkness that existed before. All new carpet and doors were installed throughout the interior. The floor in the cultural hall is now tile. The main entry in front was extended forward almost to the end of the existing roof. The entry commonly used now is the side entry near the front of the building which also features a ramp to the new side door. Note that the name of the church in Thai is no longer on the front of the building. This is probably due to the fact that when being remodeled it was well known that the name of the church in the Thai language was going to change. . The international ward moved back to the building in November 2009. The Asoke ward recently returned to meeting at Thailand's first chapel.
Asoke Chapel - Exterior
Chapel Interior - Featuring the new lighting.
September 17, 2010 - Progress on the Chaengwattana Meetinghouse
In just 6 months the roof for the new (largest in Thailand) meeting house in Pakkret is on the classroom wing. The design is similar to other chapels in Thailand (like Srinakarin) in that there is a chapel wing connected to a classroom wing. This building however is much larger than Srinakarin (or any other chapel in Thailand). The construction is reinforced cider blocks that are plastered over. The roof is steel joist covered with ceramic tiles. The spire is placed at the near end of the chapel wing (still incomplete). This building is not inside the boundary of the Thailand Bangkok stake. Here are some photographs from the site taken on September 17, 2010.
To the left is the chapel wing. Centered is the classroom wing.
Similar in layout to other chapels in Thailand, but much larger. Construction is reinforced cinder block walls which are plastered over (left)
The chapel and cultural hall looking toward the stand
The classroom wing
August 22, 2010 - New Meeting house Dedicated.
President Sarawut dedicated the new meeting house for the SaphanSung branch in the Bangkok Thailand Stake.
June 18, 2010 - Peter W. Basker passes
Peter W. Basker who was one of the first six missionaries to serve in Thailand passed away in St. George Utah on June 18, 2010. During his mission Peter also served in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Taiwan where he was serving when assigned to be one of the first six to serve in Thailand. That group arrived on February 2, 1968. Following his mission he was asked to set up the first language training for missionaries called to serve in Thailand. At this time language training for the South Pacific and Asian languages was at the Church College of Hawaii (BYU-Hawaii today).
Alan Hess another member of that group wrote the following:
I was his companion for the first 4 months we were in Thailand and shared many remarkable times with him. He was a goodhearted man and a good friend. I think that we exchanged Christmas cards for each of the 42 or so years since our missions and we stayed in touch to some degree in other ways. I will truly miss the thought that he is not with us on this earth.
Gene Platt who succeeded Peter as the leader of Thai Language training in Hawaii wrote:
Peter was the language training leader for my group of six in June, 1969. When I returned from my mission, I worked with Elder Basker for a few months before I took over the program. Then, my new bride and I moved into the Baskers' apartment on Laie Point as our "honeymoon" pad. He was a good man and well used by the Lord!
Hathaikiat Sukbaan (one of the very early members of the church in Thailand) wrote:
I was very sad to learn that Peter is no longer with us. I knew Peter Basker well because he and Alan Hess often met with me to teach me the discussions. He was very sincere. I thought of him as a good friend. Even though 42 years have passed, I can still remember his smile. I went and found a photograph of Peter and there was his smile that always impressed me. I shall never forget it. I pray that I might meet him again in God's kingdom.
Dale Patterson wrote:
I truly appreciated both Elder Basker and Elder Winegar as language teachers. They encouraged us despite some of us seeming to be tone deaf. I still laugh at the first memorized testimony Elder Basker taught us. It sounded so "sing-songy" with a pause after each few words. I'm sure my "romanization" is not accurate, but this was our first memorized testimony "Phom saab waa, sing thi phuan, khong phom phuud, ben kwaam jing. Phom glow sing low nii, nay phra nam, khong phra Yesu Krit, Amen." Still, it was the beginning and once we got in country - we realized how little we understood, but so grateful for the 5 weeks we had with them to help get us started.
May 22, 2010 - Elders Oaks, Hallstrom and Bishop Burton visit Bangkok and Pakkret. "We are the White Shirts"
On Saturday evening a special leadership meeting was held in Bangkok. The meeting was transmitted to Malaysia, Mongolia and other countries in Asia. Elder Oaks pronounced an Apostolic blessing on Thailand, similar to what Elder Maxwell had done in 1992 during a period of political strife in Thailand.
On Sunday May 22, Elder Donald Hallstrom of the presidency of the Seventy and Bishop H. David Burton Presiding Bishop visited Bangkok and Pakkret for a special stake and district meeting. Elder Oaks visited Cambodia on that day.

Read the article from the church news.

May 15, 2010 - Brother Chin Ngam-Aksorn a long time faithful member of the Asoke ward passed away.
He was an older brother in the ward and his death had nothing to do with the current political strife in Bangkok.
April 25, 2010 - New Presidency - Bangkok Thailand Stake
Left to Right - President Kittiphon Tovakanon -1st Counselor, President Sarawut Kanyaphan - Stake President , President Pattara Chaithip -2nd Counselor

A new Stake Presidency was called by Elder Carl B. Platt, second counselor in the Asia area presidency.
The new Stake President is Sarawut Kanyaphan. President Sarawut was serving as bishop of the Asoke Ward. His counselors are Kitiphon Tovakanon, first counselor and Pattara Chaitip second counselor.

Many thanks go to the previous presidency, President Wisit Khanakham (stake president) and President Wisan Wisanbannawit (1st counselor). They served just 2 months short of 9 years. During that period there were at least 3 different men who served with them as second counselor.

President Sarawut is the third president of the Bangkok Thailand Stake. The stake was created on June 18, 1995.

Thanks to Wisan Wisanbannawit provided the information and the photograph.

March 24, 2010 - A new book "Monk to Missionary" was published by HTown Publishing.
The book is the true life story of Mani Seangsuwan. He was born and raised in the south of Thailand. He later spent three years as a Buddhist Monk. He found the Bible and started to investigate it while still in the monastery. After he left he started school to become a teacher. That was his mother's dream for him. Later he became the fifth native Thai to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. See Monk to Missionary for more information.
March 15, 2010 - President Samart Kaivalvatana and his family were involved in a serious automobile accident on the way to Bangkok for brother Samart's mother's funeral.
The accident took place just south of Nakhorn Ratchasema (Korat) Thailand. The family is one of few three generation families in the church in Thailand. Samart's mother was a member of the Pakkret branch. She passed away on March 14, 2010. Samart and his daughter later died from injuries suffered in the accident. Samart and his family lived in Khon Kaen, Thailand, President Samart had been a counselor in the Thailand Bangkok mission presidency under presidents Hanson, Dodge and Smith. Brother Samart's wife and two children survived the accident.

A memorial service was later held in Murray Utah on March 27, 2010. Speakers at the service included Suchart Chaichana (former country director of Church Education in Thailand), and former mission presidents Larry White, Michael Goodman, Scott Hansen and Karl Dodge. See the memorial service program.

At the Utah memorial service, some speakers compared this tragic accident to the one in 1971 when Elders Huntington and Willis were killed on the highway just south of Khon Kaen Thailand. Samart's brother Sathid was injured in an auto accident several years ago. He has used a wheelchair since that accident.

January 23, 2010 - Ground was broken today in Pakkret (north of Bangkok
The location is outside the Bangkok Thailand stake). This chapel will serve as the district center for the area north of Bangkok Thailand. Read the Church News article.