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LDS Church's general authority visits Auburn for Stake conference

Elder Shayne M. Bowen, visiting general authority, is the main speaker at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' Auburn Stake Conference this weekend.

Bowen addresses gospel topics relevant to the times.

Conference sessions are 7-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-noon Sunday at the LDS Church, 1820 F St. SE Auburn.

The public is invited. Because of an expected large attendance, please arrive early. There is no charge for the conference.

Bowen was sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the church on April 1, 2006. He had been serving as an Area Seventy in the Idaho Area prior to his call as a general authority.

He served as president of the South America South Area between 2008 and 2010. He is serving as an assistant executive director in the Priesthood Department and in various other capacities at church headquarters.

Bowen attended Brigham Young University, and in 1977, received a degree in English, with a minor in Spanish. He studied insurance and finance at The American College, becoming a chartered life underwriter in 1984 and a chartered financial consultant in 1999.

Bowen pursued a career in insurance, owning and operating his own agency.

He has served in a number of church callings, including full-time missionary in the Chile Santiago Mission, president of the Spain Barcelona Mission (2000-2003), Stake president, high councilor, bishop, high priests group instructor, elders quorum president and varsity Scout leader.

Born in Rigby, Idaho, Bowen married Lynette Mortensen in 1976, and they are the parents of seven children, one of whom is deceased. They have 12 grandchildren.

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