Episode 85

The Thailand LDS Missionary Incident 1972

On today's episode of Mormonish Podcast, we dive into the history of LDS church relations in Thailand. On Sunday, October 22nd, the Bangkok Thailand LDS temple is being dedicated and there is a long an complicated relationship with the LDS church and Thailand that few know about.

Our guest on this episode has spent decades in Thailand, first as a missionary and then working and raising a family in the LDS church. His unique perspective sheds light on the tumultuous past and culture clash between an American church and Buddhist tradition.

The LDS missionary incident of 1972 gained international attention and forever changed missionary work in Thailand. The LDS church learned valuable lessons in respecting culture and training outgoing missionaries to understand and work within the framework of other cultures worldwide.

This is an event that we certainly knew nothing about and were absolutely fascinated to hear the story from our guest, who will remain anonymous for personal reasons. We appreciate him bringing this story to Mormonish Podcast so we can gain a greater understanding of the LDS church's history in Thailand.

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Rebecca Bibliotheca

Rebecca Bibliotheca is a mother or three boys, co-founder of "The Good Book Club," a virtual reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, cohost of "Mormon Media Reviews," and leader of the "Mormon Stories Book Club." She has a Masters of Library and Information Science from BYU and worked for many years at the BYU Library. She and her husband, Tom, also founded a youth theater program that is in its 19th year. Rebecca loves the theater, reading, film, spending times outdoors, church watching and iced coffee!
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Landon Brophy

Landon Brophy is the proud father of four children, two grandchildren, three ATVs and a boat. He's a former military officer, the co-founder of The Good Book Club, a reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, ann international manager for a global defense contractor, and a worldwide traveler. He and his wife founded "Utah Wanderers," an online travel guide to exploring Utah. Landon loves the outdoors, ATVing, boating, flying, reading, observing the "ongoing restoration" and second Saturdays!