Monday, September 8, 2014

Family Values Award

Purpose of Family Values Award Program
The Family Values Awards honors community leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the family. Its focus is on non-LDS community leaders who defend family values and are striving to advance standards that are consistent with the Church’s position on the family. Through this program Church leaders and public affairs council members can effectively convey to the local community the importance of the family in the Lord’s eternal plan and the Church’s commitment to preserving family values.

The Family Values Award program also provides an effective way to establish or expand relationships with key opinion leaders and create broader interactions between Church members and members of the community. Well-established relationships with community leaders create further opportunities to work together, fostering goodwill toward the Church and building the Church’s reputation in the community.

Objectives of the Family Values Award
  • Recognize Excellence
Recognize the honorable efforts of upstanding community leaders, not of our faith, who are striving to advance standards and values that are consistent with the Church’s position on the family.
  • Promote the Church’s Position on the Family
Increase awareness of the Church as an institution that champions the family both in principle and in practice.
  • Build Relationships with Opinion Leaders
Provide opinion leaders with an opportunity to meet with Church leaders and members in a friendly atmosphere where lasting relationships can be established. The Family Values Award should not be used to proselyte.
  • Raise the Community’s Understanding and Perception of the Church
Raise the profile of the family and the Church while fostering long-term goodwill between the Church and the community.

The Family Values Award Ceremony was held on Saturday 16 August 2014 at the Changwattana building in the Bangkok North Stake Center.  The Public Affairs Senior Couple, Elder & Sister Manning, invited the Family History group which included Sister Moleff and I to set-up a Family History display in the cultural hall as part of “Family Values.”  Our Family History display and cultural hall arrangement was very well received and drew a lot of attention throughout the day.

A News Clip Stated the Following:
Three Prominent Locals of Bangkok Receive Family Values Award
This year’s three recipients, Dr. Paron Israsena, Father Joseph Maier, and Dr. Siraporn Sawasdivorn, each in their own life’s work, stand out as strong defenders of the family.
Each year in Thailand, and around the world, events are held to honor those in the community who are dedicated to strengthening and building strong family. This event is called the Family Values Award and was most recently held in Bangkok Thailand on August 16, 2014 at the Chaengwattana Ward (Mormon) building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Family is one of the most important institutions in any society. Without strong, stable families, it is unlikely a community will survive. Where communities fail, nations will most likely follow suit and fail.  The Mormons teaches the importance of building strong families, as set out in The Proclamation on Families presented to the world in 1995 by the First Presidency of the Church. Families, communities, and nations who pay heed to that Proclamation can benefit from its teachings.
Dr. Paron is a life-long educator who champions the education of the nation’s children through his Constructionism program.  Knowing that a nation will grow weaker without a strongly-educated society, he works tirelessly to help provide educational opportunities for children that keep pace with the ongoing demands of today’s society.
Father Joseph Maier has dedicated his life to protecting children in one of the poorest slums in the city of Bangkok. He leads the efforts in rescuing children off the streets who would otherwise become targets of human trafficking. Some of the former students who began their education in his 20 preschools have returned as teachers in the same schools.  Due to Father Joe’s illness, he sent as his representative, Reverend Wirach Amonpattana, Executive Director of the Human Development Foundation.
Both Dr. Paron and Father Joe are working to help this young generation gain the knowledge required of them to enable them to become some of the nation’s future leaders.
Dr. Siraporn is the current Director of the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health (QSNICH), also known simply as the Children’s Hospital of Thailand. Among many of her efforts to help strengthen the children of Thailand, she has been a strong advocate of the importance of breast-feeding infants and its benefits on building strong children.
These three well-deserving recipients have now joined the ranks of a world-wide group who have received recognition by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for their life-long efforts to help build strong families.  The Church salutes each recipient for their contribution to the families of Thailand.
The event was attended by many guests, both members and non-members. President David M. Senior of the Thailand Bangkok Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presented the award to each recipients.

Dr. Chanika Tuchinda, Royal Thai Army General Thawatchai Boonsri and Wisit Phoungphet, Sheriff of Pakkred District of Nontahbri Province, presented floral bouquets. 
Prior to the award ceremony, a Family Strengthening Seminar was held that morning with Dr. Chanika Tuchinda and Kun Subhawadee Harnmethee as the special guest presenters. Both of these women are former Family Values Award recipients and were able to share their vast knowledge concerning the building of strong families and the importance of teaching a good value system to children.  Their teachings correlate with the teachings of the Church, and we were honored to have them as our guest speakers for the seminar. 
After the seminar, a light luncheon was served to the invited guests to provide an opportunity to mingle with the recipients and learn more about their work.  It was a delightful experience for all who participated.
For the duration of the day, a vast Family History exhibit was available for attendees to view and learn more about the important principle of family history research. Computers were available for those who wanted to experiment with going to the Church’s family history website and search for their ancestors. Many people were excited about the exhibit and walked away enthused about doing their own family history research.  (Exhibited by Elder and Sister Moleff, and Sister Wan)
Elder and Sister Manning, the Public Affairs Specialist missionaries of the Church in Thailand, were deeply touched by the sacrifice and efforts of all the participants who made this year’s event a huge success. The national Public Affairs Council of the Church in Thailand wishes to express gratitude to all the speakers and presenters. 

Please see the photographs below.  Single click to enlarge photo.

The three recipients of the Family Values Award L-t-R are:  Dr. Siraporn SawasdivornDr. Paron Israsena, and Father Joseph Maier (Reverend Wirach Amonpattana, received the award for Father Joe who had recent surgery)

Entrance to Cultural Hall
there were copies of the Family Proclamation and information sheets on Family History for those who came

Overall view of Cultural hall

Family scrapbooks drew a lot of attention

Fan chart seating area. The fan chart was made at the Umbrella Factory in Chiang Mai with Elder Moleff's family on it.

Slide show on Temples with background music

Sister Wan (Thailand Family History Advisor) explaining FHE manuals

Pedigree chart being explained by President Sathit Kaiwanwattana (in the wheelchair).  He is the Bangkok North Stake President.

Sister Moleff talking to Reverend Wirach Amonpattana about temples and where they are located.  This display of temples was very well received.  We have had requests for other Wards to use it at open houses.  The drink in my hand is lemongrass juice - my favorite 

President and Sister Senior mingling

Noni's daughter, Sister Moleff, Noni

Refreshments were provided for Special Guests and their families or groups.  They were delicious and beautiful.  The Thais can make food look so beautiful and delicious.

Chicken Kabob

Shrimp wrapped in Spaghetti noodle

Spaghetti noodles with shrimp and spices

President Senior presenting Family Values Award

L-t-R:  Sister and Elder Manning, Dr. Chanika Tuchinda,  Reverend Wirach Amonpattana, Dr. Siraporn Sawasdivorn and Husband, Dr. Chanika Tuchinda and Kun Subhawadee Harnmethee 

Missionary Training Meeting

Saturday 6 September 2014
On Saturday 6 September 2014 Elder Funk, and Elder Allen conducted  Missionary Training at the Asoke Meeting House.  There were 2-sessions to the training.  The morning session was for mission leadership.  This report is only for the afternoon training session that the Senior Missionaries were invited to.  The Senior Missionary Sisters provided lunch for those who attended the morning session.

Elder Funk
Elder Randy Dennis Funk has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2013. He is a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy.
Elder Funk served a full-time LDS Church missionary in Indonesia. Following his mission, he was awarded a bachelor's degree in history from Utah State University in 1976 and a juris doctorate from the University of Utah in 1979.
Elder Funk married Andrea Clyde in 1976 in the Logan Utah Temple. They are the parents of six children.
Elder Funk spent his professional life as a partner at the Denver, Colorado, law firm of Sherman & Howard, with expertise in land use, public finance, and infrastructure and development.
Elder Funk has served in the LDS Church as an elders quorum president, ward clerk, stake high councilor, Scout leader, executive secretary to Denver Colorado Temple committee, bishop, stake president, local Young Men president, Sunday School teacher, area seventy, and president of the India Bangalore Mission (2010–13).

On April 6, 2013, Elder Funk was sustained by church members as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. In August 2013, he began serving as a member of the Asia Area presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Allen
Elder Allen served as a missionary in the church's Guatemala–El Salvador Mission from 1969 to 1971. He then attended Brigham Young University where he graduated with a major in Communications—Television Production and a minor in Advertising and Public Relations.
He married Nancy Billings on January 28, 1972, in the Salt Lake Temple. They have six children—four boys and two girls. All six children have served missions. The Allens now have 25 grandchildren.
Elder Allen served as president of the church's Arizona Tempe Mission from 1993 to 1995. He has served as a bishop twice, counselor in a stake presidency, and stake president.
Prior to his call as a mission president, Elder Allen was the director of Media and Public Programs in the church's Missionary Department. He was responsible for the production and distribution of radio, television, and print media directed to nonmembers as well as the church's pageants, visitors’ centers, and historic sites. Earlier in his career, Elder Allen was the executive producer of the LDS Church's "Homefront" radio and television commercials and many other church films, including Mr. Krueger's Christmas (1980) and The Last Leaf (1983).
Elder Allen is currently serving as managing director of the church's Missionary Department. On April 2, 2011, Elder Allen became an area seventy and member of the Fifth Quorum of Seventy, assigned to the Utah Salt Lake City Area.

Elder Funk spoke that the Seventy gather every April to hear instruction from the First Presidency and Quorum of 12 Apostles.  The meeting starts at 8 am.  The 70s come at 7 am with all in their seats by 7:30.  Prelude music is playing and all are in the Spirit.  The Apostles arrive with the music playing - all enjoying the Spirit.  The First Presidency arrives with the music playing and all enjoying and contemplating the Spirit.  Then 5-10 minutes before 8 am, a member of the First Presidency arises to conduct the meeting.  At one time, Elder Packer spoke saying that this time of enjoying the Spirit is not common with the general membership of the Church.  With a busy start to a Ward Sacrament Meeting, the members generally don't get to contemplate the Spirit before Sacrament Meeting.  (He related this story to us because we were all in our seats and ready for our 1:30 pm meeting and it started at 1:17 pm). Elder Allen also said that the Mission Presidents Handbook has verses 21 and 22 of D&C 112 as a guide which says:

21 And again, I say unto you, that whosoever ye shall send in my name, by the voice of your brethren, the Twelve, duly recommended and authorized by you, shall have power to open the door of my kingdom unto any nation whithersoever ye shall send them—
22 Inasmuch as they shall humble themselves before me, and abide in my word, and hearken to the voice of my Spirit.

Elder Allen conducted most of the training saying that:
1. We teach according to the needs of the investigator as directed by the Spirit (D&C 84:85)
2. We ask for referrals from every new investigator and convert, not once but several times
3. We review the Area Book for those previously taught and reteach and invite for baptism
4. We introduce the investigator to all the Ward leaders that the investigator will come incontact with as a newly baptized member.  This results in a positive support system.  Self evaluate how well we link the new convert into the Church.  A good job of linking will result in a strong convert.
5. We are to implement the 5-points of Elders Nelsons June 2014 Mission Presidents Training, "We Begin With the End in Mind."
6. We ask members for referrals of their friends as this results in an immediate support system and provides the best way of convert retention.  Member referrals strengthen the Church.
7. We get member support by genuinely: (1) Loving them, (2) Serving them, and (3) Caring for them.

L-t-R:  Elder Allen, and Elder Funk

L-t-R:  Elders Hartung and Beatty part of our Bangkhae District

L-t-R:  Sister and President Senior, Thailand Bangkok Mission President; Elder and Sister Funk, 1st Counselor in Asia Area Presidency; Sister and Elder Allen, Managing Director of Missionary Department
Bottom Row  Sisters & the Senior Couples  L-t-R starting 3rd person in :
Goodsons, Meekers,   Seppis,  Moleffs, Smiths,  Seniors, Funks and  Allens.
 These were the missionaries who are serving in the greater Bangkok area.  

Sunday 07 September 2014 General Meeting

The Sunday evening meeting in Asoke building was for the  Returned Missionaries and those preparing to go on missions with the following speaking:
  1. Sister Senior:  How to prepare to go on a mission.
  2. President Senior:  Spoke in Thai on Preach my Gospel
  3. Sister Allen:  Talked about faith in paying tithing
  4. Elder Allen:  Spoke about Preach my Gospel Chapter 3 & 8 and personal worthiness.  He also gave some statistics: We now have 88,000 missionaries in 156 countries and 407 Missions.
  5. Sister Funk:  It takes faith and works to be a good Latter-day Saint
  6. Elder Funk:  You start preparing to go on a mission right after you are baptized
Eler Allen with Sister Moleff

Elder and Sister Funk

Elder and Sister Funk with Thai members

Elder Khanakham (second from right, next to him on his right is his daughter) with Thai Members.  On April 5, 2014 - Wisit Khanakham, former President of the Bangkok Thailand Stake, and 40+ year active member of the Church in Thailand, was called as an Area Authority Seventy. He was sustained at the afternoon session of the 184th Annual General Conference. He is a member of the 8th Quorum of the Seventy (Asia South).

President and Sister Senior with members

President and Sister Arun
Bangkok West District President

Elder Allen taking pictures

Desert after meeting