It is Saturday April 5, 2014, the day has arrived for us to leave for Bangkok Thailand. We drove from the Provo MTC to our son Aaron's home in Riverton, Utah. We showered and dressed for our trip. Then Aaron and his 3-year old son Blake took us and 6-pieces of luggage, plus carry-ons, to the SLC airport. The flight schedule was as follows:
THAILAND BANGKOK MISSION
SERVICE DATE FROM TO DEPART ARRIVE
___________________ _____ ______________ ____________ _______ _____
AMERICAN AIRLINES 05APR SALT LAKE C UT LOS ANGELES CA 730P 820P
AA 2626 SATURDAY SALT LAKE CITY LOS ANGELES IN
V ECONOMY TERMINAL 1 TERMINAL 4
NON SMOKING FOOD FOR PURCHASE NON STOP
RESERVATION CONFIRMED 1:50 DURATION
FLIGHT OPERATED BY SKYWEST AIRLINES AS AM
AIRCRAFT: CANADAIR REGIONAL JET
SEATS 09A/09B NO SMOKING CONFIRMED
CATHAY PACIFIC 06APR LOS ANGELES CA HONG KONG 100A 645A
CX 881 SUNDAY LOS ANGELES IN INTERNATIONAL 07APR
L ECONOMY TERMINAL B TERMINAL 1
NON SMOKING BREAKFAST/DINNER NON STOP
RESERVATION CONFIRMED 14:45 DURATION
AIRCRAFT: BOEING 777-300ER
CATHAY PACIFIC 07APR HONG KONG BANGKOK 850A 1040A
CX 713 MONDAY INTERNATIONAL SUVARNABHUMI I
L ECONOMY TERMINAL 1
NON SMOKING BREAKFAST NON STOP
RESERVATION CONFIRMED 2:50 DURATIONAIRCRAFT: AIRBUS INDUSTRIE A330-300
After a loooong 26 1/2-hour scheduled trip (really was about 2 hours longer because of delays in Los Angeles) we arrived, tired, in Bangkok on Monday April 7. We would recommend Cathay Pacific airlines to anyone. The service and food was excellent. They also had a good selection of free movies, TV shows and games. After 5-tries I finally beat the computer in chess and then retired from the game as a winner! But I really think that the computer felt sorry for me - its bad for business if the computer keeps winning.
After stepping off the plane and walking into the terminal, a young lady held up a sign with our name. We went over to her and she said that one piece of luggage had not arrived with the plane, and to follow her to baggage claim. She got us through passport control quickly and we picked up our luggage except for one piece of Sister Moleff's. We were then escorted to an office to file a claim. After filing the claim we were told that the luggage had not left Los Angeles and that they would deliver it to us as soon as it came in a few days later. On Wednesday the luggage was waiting for us at our apartment building. We were both impressed with the efficiency and courtesy we received at the Bangkok, Thailand airport. On our first mission to Russia, luggage also did not arrive, but the experience of missing luggage in Moscow is like a horrible nightmare compared to Bangkok Thailand.
President and Sister Senior, and the office couple (the Meekers) met us at the airport, bought us lunch, drove us to our apartment, and helped us get 5-heavy pieces of heavy luggage to our apartment.
This is the meeting house for the Asoke Thai Ward and the English speaking Bangkok International Ward in the Bangkok Stake. On 15 April, the International Sisters asked Sister Moleff and I to help teach a Chinese fellow who learned english in Australia. The discussion went well. On Sunday, 20 April, we helped teach a Nigerian person. Our Mission President assigned us to the English speaking International Ward to attend as our initial assignment. The Bishop has been out of town and we hope to meet with him on Sunday 27 April to discuss the Family History program in his ward. Church is about a 5 minute walk from our apartment. The Saturday before Easter there was an Easter program at church. It was the 'First Easter in Jerusalem' and the 'First Easter in Zarahemla'. There was a choir and most of the cast were recent converts - it was very nice. On Sunday there were two musical numbers in Sacrament Meeting; the first was the young Elders and Sisters and the second was 2 primary aged sisters singing 'Gethsemane'. They did a marvelous job.