Saturday, October 4, 2014

Wheelchair Ceremony

The Ban Pong Rotary held a ceremony Sept. 13, 2014 during which 52 wheelchairs were donated to children and adults from The Foundation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Most of the adult wheelchairs were rough riders since there are no more standard wheelchairs in the warehouse from the 2013 shipment. The Club had stamped a very large Rotary symbol on the front of the back seats. The name of the Church is stamped on the back of the back seat.

Elder Goodson and Elder Paul Ure, a new humanitarian missionary, spoke during the ceremony along with many, many Rotarians. Elder & Sister Moleff, family history missionaries, also attended the ceremonies.The Ures will talk to the Rotarians about being equal partners in the wheelchair projects.

Elder Ure and Elder Goodson.  Elder and Sister Ure are replacing the Goodsons as the Humanitarian Senior Couple.

L-t-R:  Sister Supreda our driver, Elder and Sister Ure, Sister Moleff, Sister and Elder Smith the Public affairs couple.
Rotary and other dignitaries on front set.  All spoke except for Sister Goodson in blue dress.

 Rotary person speaking.

Elder Goodson speaking.

Elder Ure speaking.

A few of the wheelchair recipients in front.  Dignitaries in back.

A couple of Cowboys.  Elders Moleff and Ure.

Floating Market

On Saturday 13 September 1024 we accompanied the Elder and Sister Goodson, the Humanitarian Couple, on a trip to a Wheelchair Ceremony.  The Goodsons are leaving to go home on 24 September. Their replacements are Elder and Sister Ure who have been serving as MLS Missionaries in Chiang Mai.  The Ures and Elder and Sister Smith the Public Affairs couple (who replaced the Mannings) also accompanied the Goodsons on this trip.  Supreda was our van driver.  Since the Ures and Smiths had never gone to a Floating Market, which just happened to be on our way to the Wheel Chair ceremony, Supreda thought it would be nice to stop.  The pictures below are of the Floating Market.

Entrance to Floating Market.

Our boat driver.  
The Moleffs and Smiths were in 1-boat.
A four cylinder engine. 
 There were boats with 6 and 8 cylinder engines.

Supreda, the Ures, and the Goodsons were in another boat.

Lots of Spices

Sister Moleff drooled all the way past this shop.
Lots and lots of goodies.

When you need a traffic cop you can't find one.
The Smiths in back of our boat.

We stopped at a Wat.
Sister Moleff and Supreda. 
 Monk in yellow robe at far end.

The Thai jungle with lizards as big as small alligators.

Photos of Different Events

Please enjoy these photos of different events.

Morning view outside of our apartment.
We are on the 19th floor.

Terminal 21 Mall.  The malls in the States are of no comparison.  When we go here we walk in on the second floor, The movie theater is on the 6th level and food court on the 4th level.
Terminal 21 Mall.  This escalator goes up 3 floors.  This is about a 20 minute walk from our apartment.

Terminal 21 Mall.  Looking out the window to the left you can see the stairs up to the elevated train. We use 4 modes of transportation here: taxi, subway, elevated train and feet.

Dinner at our apartment: Moleffs, Ures, and Goodsons(this was their 5th mission and 2nd one in Thailand).  The Goodsons have gone home and the Ures were transferred from Chiang Mai to replace them as Humanitarian Missionaries.  Elder Goodson is 78 years old;  with him gone at 75 Elder Moleff is the oldest Elder in the mission.  

Elders Beatty and Kandun.  Elder Beatty is translating for Elder Kandun during District Meeting.
Ice Cream at Swensens.  It was Elder Sayavong - 2nd on the right - birthday that week. On left
E. Hartung, S. Ellis, S. Brown, E. Beatty, and
E. Moleff at the end.  On right E. Kandun, E. Sayavong, E. Proctor and S. Moleff

Baptism at Bangkhae Branch.
Baptism at Bangkhae Branch

This was the day that Jognsatit became Bishop of the Bangapi Ward.  His father (a non-member), Bishop Jognsatit, oldest son (recently returned from his mission) and youngest son.  Middle son is serving a mission in S. Korea.
Bishop Jognsatit's family with E&S Moleffs.   We had been invited to speak in Sacrament meeting that day and had a pleasant surprise.  Bishop John (nickname) works in the Service Center with us and is a good friend.

Elder Moleff speaking at Transfer Meeting.

Sister Moleff speaking at Transfer meeting.  We teach about the My Family Booklet.

The first assignment new members receive is to fill out their My Family booklet  - to point them to the temple.  As Elder Packer taught 'Begin with the End in Mind'.