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The Southeastern Asian nation of Thailand is known as “the land of smiles,” and its capital city of Bangkok is called “the city of angels.”

Smiles extended worldwide and upward to heaven as Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Bangkok Thailand Temple in two sessions on Sunday, Oct. 22. The temple is not only the first for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bangkok, but also in Thailand and on the peninsula of Southeast Asia.

The Bangkok temple becomes the 185th dedicated house of the Lord for the Church, which has 335 total temples dedicated, under construction or in planning and design.

‘Cradled in the arms of prophets and apostles’

In preparing for the temple dedication and the dedicatory prayer he offered, Elder Rasband reviewed Thailand’s history and the Church’s history in the country and throughout Southeast Asia. He took pages of notes — particularly of all the apostolic visits to Thailand over the years.

“What has settled on me is how the country and the temple have been cradled in the arms of prophets and apostles,” Elder Rasband said.

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