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Hi I'm Thayne Lowell

I'm a scientist and I'm a father and husband. I love to teach. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am research scientist and enjoy many aspects of science and nature. I don't like spending too much time in one place though, like the lab. I really enjoy getting outside and working in the yard and garden. It is even that much better when my family is there working with me too. I worked my way through college and now have a Ph.D. in engineering. My real love is teaching though. I like to teach science and religion. I taught a seminary class of high school freshman for 3 years. I like teaching because I love to see people learn and change for the better. I love what I learn as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an LDS home with loving parents who taught me their beliefs. I look back on my childhood with relatively few cares and with a lot of fond memories. But, then life hit me. I served an LDS mission and during that time my beliefs were challenged again and again. It was then, outside the umbrella of home, that I had to learn and decide for myself. I had some choice spiritual experiences that strengthened my beliefs. However, it was still later in life that those beliefs would support me and my wife and our young children. I was in grad school and found out I had a cancer with little chance of treating it. See the story in Personal Stories section. I have often thought why I was healed and death delayed. I was inspired by the story in the New Testament of Christ healing the paralytic man. Before He healed him though, He forgave his sins. And then to give evidence of His power to forgive, He healed him. No one else could do either. No one could save me either from the inevitable results of the cancer or from spiritual death. I know He has the power to heal me in every way. Death will still come to me physically at some point. But, I know because of His mercy obtained through repentance, I will clean and acceptable. There is one more truth that needs to be understood which will explain why I am a Mormon. I share this in all humility and pray that the Spirit will convey this message as intended and not misinterpreted as self-righteousness or pride. The priesthood that my father blessed me with is His Priesthood. Christ restored His authority and power through Joseph Smith. There were many righteous, inspired reformers that paved the way for that all-important event. His Church has been restored and contains within it all the authorized ordinances necessary for us to covenant and prove ourselves to God that we are willing to follow Him, for which He promises mercy through His Son Jesus Christ. That is why I am Mormon. I say that with all respect to any honorable religion as I know they teach good things and influence many in the right way. But there is a key missing, which can be found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

In my church I was asked to teach the young men, ages 14 and 15. I enjoy this age group because they are making important decisions as they are transitioning to men. It was not easy for me at that age and it seems a lot tougher now. I love to see them understand truths such as joy in service and real happiness that comes from living age old commandments. I love teaching them how important they are to their family, community, church and God. There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing them realize that they are sons of God and that their potential is beyond our comprehension. They really change when they understand that.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Thayne Lowell
Yes we do. I have enjoyed studying the Old and New Testaments. The New Testament is rich with the doctrine of Christ as taught by Himself and through His apostles, like Paul. The Old Testament is also valuable because of the teachings of many great prophets, but even more importantly, because of the symbols that pointed to Christ and His Atonement. For example, the symbol of Abraham offering his only son Isaac as a sacrifice. It is hard to mistake the beautiful relationship between Heavenly Father and His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ. While the Bible is full of foundational principles of the Gospel, it is easy to see the confusion though by relying solely upon the Bible. There are so many churches and people that interpret it so differently. For example, the mode of baptism, is it immersion or sprinkling, or does it even matter? Fortunately we can receive clarification and answers through living prophets, no less than Moses or Isaiah. God has also given us scriptural records of some of the scattered Israelites who also believed in the same God and Jesus Christ and saved those records for our day, it is the Book of Mormon. It's really not hard to believe a loving God would do that for us. I know He did and I'm grateful for those truths. So in conclusion, yes, we embrace the Bible and study it along side other scriptures both ancient and modern. Show more Show less