Sunday, March 30, 2014


Provo Utah MTC

Sister and Elder Moleff at the Provo MTC 22 March 2014

Senior Couples at the MTC for 24 March 2014 PMG Training
More Senior Couples at the MTC for 24 March 2014 PMG Training

L-T-R: Greers, Moleffs, Br. Carver, Elder Nehring, Emetts

L-T-R:  Greers, Moleffs, Sister Bateman, Emetts, Elder Nehring

This is the Provo Utah Missionary Training Center (MTC) where Elder and Sister Moleff went for their missionary training before going to Bangkok Thailand. New missionaries assigned to the Provo MTC arrive Monday–Wednesday (couple missionaries on Monday, international arrivals on Tuesday, U.S. and Canada on Wednesday.)  There are a total of 15 MTCs in nations throughout the world, in locations in addition to Provo, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
We entered the Provo MTC on Saturday 22 March 2014, 2-days earlier than our mission start date on Monday 24 March 2014.  For Seniors, things have changed. Because of the number of missionaries, we can not all stay at the MTC.   Instead of having residence within the MTC campus, we stayed at the BYU Student Housing, Wyview Complex. After processing-in, our typical day was Preach My Gospel (PMG) classes from 9am thru 4:30 pm with breakfast, lunch and dinner with plenty of good food.  We also planned for and taught PMG lessons to 2-investigators and 1-less active (all staged).  The classes were more dynamic for this mission than for our Siberia mission.  It just gets better!

The 2-photos on the left are the 37 Senior Couples and 11-Single Sisters that came for the week of 24 Mar. The missions that they will be going to are:  IL-NAUV; UT-SLCS; SC-COLU; SD-RAPI; NM-ALB; AR-LTR; UT-PRO; NM-ALB; UT-STG; Sen-Lake; WA-SEA; WST IND; PHI; Honduras; NM-FARM; NC-FARM; UT-SLCC; CAN-HAL; FL-JAK; AST-MEL; UT-STG; UT-PRO; SOAF; FRA-LYON; SD-RAPI; Thailand; Gabon; SC-COLU; GHA-ACC; NIG-PHAR; Costa Rica; CA-OAK;CA-SJO;CAN-TOR; Tonga; Burundi. There may be several sets of couples going to the same mission having different assignments.

The last 2-photos on the left are of our District. In each photo, the District Leader(pink tie) is on the left with his wife. They are Elder and Sister Greer and are going to Honduras. The next senior couple is Elder and Sister Moleff going to Bangkok Thailand. The next (in the upper photo) is Brother Carver our morning PMG instructor, a returned missionary, and attending BYU. In the Photo below, our afternoon instructor is Sister Bateman, a returned missionary, BYU student, and a singer in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The single person is Elder Nehring. Sister Nehring was was not feeling well and was not present for the photo. The Nehrings also served a previous mission in Ekaterinburg, Russia.  They will be living at home and serving in the Provo Mission.  The next couple in both photos are Elder and Sister Emett and they are going to Seneca Lake in upstate New York to manage a Church Recreational area.   Ours was the best district the entire week.

Preach My Gospel training for the seniors was held in the Sharon East Stake, Pleasant View Ward building which is just outside the MTC security fence.

The Provo Temple is the beautiful sight that we got to see each day as we drove from our Wyview apartment to the MTC to attend  our Preach My Gospel missionary classes.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Immersion Program Overview

The Immersion Program is for Senior Missionaries and is held in the Provo Utah North Park 1st Ward building shown on the left. 

The purpose of the Immersion Program is to help the senior missionaries  become successful independent learners by: self-evaluation, setting goals, planning, navigating resources, and using fluent speakers to progress in the language learning.  This process includes an instructor, a learning coach, a tutor, and study buddies.

This is Alec.  He taught us that there are 3 learning strategies which are (with examples):
1) Visual: flashcards, pictures, memorize by writing, lists, diagrams, etc.  (This is an easy way for Ted to learn.)
2) Audio:  CDs, music, films, speak/read out loud, active listening to native speakers, etc.
3) Kinesthetic/Tactile: Walk and talk, dance, speak your language, memory games, etc
We are to find out what is our best language learning method and do it!  (Sonja has no idea!)

This is Megan.  She was our Learning Coach. She taught us how to set goals that included specific goal implementation steps and identification of the progress by the use of Key Indicators.  Megan was key to our self study and leaning program. The principals she taught are also helpful in the business world.  Megan was a very effective Learning Coach.  She gave us specific ideas and coaching AND homework assignments.  Every time we eat we say (really read) the blessing in Thai.

This is Jordan (Sister Moleff is on the left).  He was our Head Tutor and served his mission in Thailand.  He is the person who is TRYING to teach us the Thai language.  In Thai there are 44 consonants and 32 vowels.  A vowel can be placed in any position around a consonant that changes the consonant sound and meaning. Because of Jordan we now know the sounds of most of the consonants and vowels.  We can read a few words but may not know the English interpretation.  We can also say a few phrases in Thai. (like: Hello, how are you, thank you, and its a pleasure to meet you)

This is Rebecca.  She served her mission in Thailand.  She is our Study Buddy.   She helped us speak Thai words an phrases correctly.  Here she is teaching us some of the vowel sounds.
She used examples of Kinesthetic learning by dancing to the Thai language rhythm. 

This is Trent.  He served his mission in Thailand and has taken Thai at BYU.  He and Jordan were companions in the MTC.  He also helped us with the Thai spoken word.
ALL of these instructors/tutors  were very PATIENT and KIND to this Senior Couple.  They made this experience very NICE for us.  Words cannot express how much we appreciate their service to us.

Monday, March 24, 2014


On 09 March 2014, Stake President Brent Pulsipher, assisted by Bishop Merrick, set apart Sonja and I as Missionaries to serve in the Bangkok Thailand Mission.  We became Elder and Sister Moleff.  However, our mission does not officially begin until we enter the Missionary Training Center  (MTC) in Provo Utah on 24 March 2014.

On 14 March 2014 we left our home in the able hands of our son-in-law Don, our daughter Rebecca, and grandson River to go to Driggs Idaho ( where daughter Audrey and Carl live) and Victor Idaho (where daughter Heidi and Roger live).  On Sunday, 16 March 2014, Carl gave a name and blessing to Deegan.

On 18 March 2014 we left Victor Idaho in the midsts of a snowstorm to drive to Provo, Utah to attend "Immersion" training in the Thai language for 3-days starting on Wednesday 19 March and ending Friday 21 March 2014.  On Tuesday evening 18 March we checked into the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Orem Utah on University Parkway and left on Saturday 22 March 2014 for early check-in into the Provo Senior Missionary Training Center (SMTC).  The food and lodging costs for Immersion is born by the senior missionary.  The Immersion administration costs is born by the Church.

Sunday, March 9, 2014



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Special administrative area
A composite image, the top row showing a skyline with several skyscrapers; the second row shows, on the left, a Thai temple complex, and on the right, a temple with a large stupa surrounded by four smaller ones on a river bank; and the third rowing showing, on the left, a monument featuring bronze figures standing around the base of an obelisk, surrounded by a large traffic circle, with an elevated rail line passing in the foreground, and on the right, a tall gate-like structure, painted in red
Clockwise from top: Si LomSathon business district, Wat Arun, Giant Swing, Victory Monument, and Wat Phra Kaeo
A green rectangular flag with the seal of Bangkok in the centre
A round seal bearing the image of Indra riding Airavata among clouds, with the words "Krung Thep Maha Nakhon" (in Thai) across the top
Map of Thailand, with a small highlighted area near the centre of the country, near the coast of the Gulf of Thailand
Location within Thailand
Coordinates: 13°45′N 100°28′E / 13.750°N 100.467°E / 13.750; 100.467Coordinates: 13°45′N 100°28′E / 13.750°N 100.467°E / 13.750; 100.467[1]
Country Thailand
RegionCentral Thailand
Settledc 15th century
Founded as capital21 April 1782
Re-incorporated13 December 1972
Founded byKing Rama I
Governing bodyBangkok Metropolitan Administration
 • TypeSpecial administrative area
 • GovernorSukhumbhand Paribatra (Democrat Party)
 • City1,568.737 km2 (605.693 sq mi)
 • Metro[2]7,761.6 km2 (2,996.8 sq mi)
Elevation[3]1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Population (2010 census)[4]
 • City8,280,925
 • Density5,300/km2 (14,000/sq mi)
 • Metro14,565,547
 • Metro density1,900/km2 (4,900/sq mi)
Time zoneThailand (UTC+7)
Postal code10###
Area code(s)02
ISO 3166 codeTH-10
Bangkok (English pronunciation: /bæŋkɔːk/) is the capital and the most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (กรุงเทพมหานคร, pronounced [krūŋ tʰêːp mahǎː nákʰɔ̄ːn] ( )) or simply About this sound Krung Thep . The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres (605.7 sq mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand, and has a population of over eight million, or 12.6 percent of the country's population. Over fourteen million people (22.2 percent) live within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region, making Bangkok an extreme primate city, dwarfing Thailand's other urban centres in terms of importance.
Bangkok traces its roots to a small trading post during the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 15th century, which eventually grew in size and became the site of two capital cities: Thonburi in 1768 and Rattanakosin in 1782. Bangkok was at the heart of Siam's (as Thailand used to be known) modernization during the later nineteenth century, as the country faced pressures from the West. The city was the centre stage of Thailand's political struggles throughout the twentieth century, as the country abolished absolute monarchy, adopted constitutional rule and underwent numerous coups and uprisings. The city grew rapidly during the 1960s through the 1980s and now exerts a significant impact among Thailand's politics, economy, education, media and modern society.

Images of Bangkok Thailand can be seen by opening the link below.


Like most of Thailand, Bangkok has a tropical wet and dry climate under the Köppen climate classification and is under the influence of the South Asian monsoon system. It experiences hot, rainy and cool seasons, although temperatures are fairly hot year-round, ranging from an average low of 20.8 °C (69.4 °F) in December to an average high of 34.9 °C (94.8 °F) in April. The rainy season begins with the arrival of the southwest monsoon around mid-May. September is the wettest month, with an average rainfall of 344.2 millimetres (13.55 in). The rainy season lasts until October, when the dry and cool northeast monsoon takes over until February. The hot season is generally dry, but also sees occasional summer storms. The surface magnitude of Bangkok's urban heat island has been measured at 2.5 °C (4.5 °F) during the day and 8.0 °C (14 °F) at night. The highest recorded temperature in Bangkok is 40.8 °C (105.4 °F) in May 1983, and the lowest recorded temperature is 9.9 °C (49.8 °F) in January 1955.

Climate data for Bangkok (1961–1990)
Record high °C (°F)35.7
Average high °C (°F)32.0
Daily mean °C (°F)25.9
Average low °C (°F)21.0
Record low °C (°F)11.5
Rainfall mm (inches)9.1
Avg. rainy days (≥ 1 mm)133616161820211761128
Mean monthly sunshine hours272.8251.4269.7258.0217.0177.0170.5161.2156.0198.4234.0263.52,629.5
Source #1: Thai Meteorological Department[32]
Source #2: Hong Kong Observatory (daily mean, sunshine),[33] NOAA (extremes)[34]