BANGKOK, Thailand — During his first trip to Thailand in 1966, President Russell M. Nelson traveled by boat through the canals and klongs of Bangkok.
He watched women gather water for their daily needs from the same river as their children bathed. He shopped at floating markets. And he visited the home of a medical colleague, spotting geckos on the walls controlling the insect population.
He did not meet another member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Greeted by highways and skyscrapers 52 years later, President Nelson returned to Thailand Friday as part of his world ministry tour, reflecting on the city’s past half-century of growth.
It’s hard, he said, to believe the transformation that has taken place “in the space of one man’s lifetime.”
A capacity crowd filled the Queen Sirikit Conference Center in anticipation of President Nelson’s visit. Some 30 minutes before the leader’s arrival, the crowd of more than 3,000 grew silent.
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Entering this scene of profound respect, President Nelson looked across the room and said he felt the “love and faith” of the church’s Thai members.
The meeting marked the largest gathering ever of Latter-day Saints in Thailand, said Elder Randy D. Funk, General Authority Seventy and president of the LDS Church’s Asia Area.
President Nelson was welcomed to the meeting by a small group of Primary children from the three stakes in Bangkok, clad in traditional clothing. Each child held a golden platter with a floral arrangement. Made of hundreds of flowers woven together, the flower arrangements were a gift to members of President Nelson’s party and were meant to be held.
But President Nelson found his too beautiful not to share. “When I got up to the pulpit, I thought, ‘I am going to adorn that microphone with it,” he said.
President Nelson’s visit to Thailand marks the sixth stop on his world ministry tour. As part of the nearly-two-week trip, President Nelson also visited England, Jerusalem, Kenya, Zimbabwe and India. President Nelson, accompanied by his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and his wife, Sister Patricia Holland, will complete his tour in Hong Kong on Saturday, stopping in Hawaii on his way home to address the Latter-day Saints there.
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