Elder Bowen is a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an Assistant Executive Director in the Priesthood Department at Church headquarters.
In this unique episode of Conversations, Elder Shayne M. Bowen and Sister Lynette Bowen share some very personal and painful life lessons they’ve learned that can inspire everyone.
While Elder Bowen was a missionary in Chile during the time of a military coup, he and his companion ended up being arrested and sent to a local prison, where they feared for their lives—like many great missionaries in the Book of Mormon. However, he says that he was comforted by the Holy Ghost and was able to feel peace in that awful circumstance, knowing that he would be OK and that family relationships and eternity are all that really matter in life. He expresses gratitude for that experience, as it helped him realize where his priorities should be.
After Elder Bowen’s missionary service, he and Sister Bowen met, fell in love, and were later married in the Idaho Falls Temple. They have been blessed with seven children, and their advice on raising children is to take every opportunity to teach them and help them understand the doctrine of the kingdom. They say it is important to invest your time to show your children that you love them. In 1990, their sixth child, an 8-month-old son named Tyson, had an accident that led to his death. This experience was heartbreaking, but Elder Bowen talked about what he learned from it in his October 2012 general conference address. In this episode, he and his wife share more details and thoughts on that experience as they bear powerful testimony of the Holy Ghost and the Savior.
Elder and Sister Bowen are amazing, and we love this episode. We encourage you to listen to the full episode to hear the powerful stories, lessons, and advice of Elder and Sister Bowen.