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Hi I'm Thaynan Knowlton

I'm a dad, husband and public school administrator. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of three children. My wife and I have been married for more than 20 years. I am a superintendent of schools in Washington state. My family likes to go on walks, swim, ride bikes, read, and play tennis.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a Mormon family, my father joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in California when he was 21. He was a surfer in Santa Cruz without direction. He has shared his story of conversion with my five siblings and me many times as we were growing up. He explained to us that although he knew that faith was important, it wasn't until he prayed that he really understood that God exists and loves His children. I have had many experiences with prayer, but my first memory was when I seven and I was supposed to ride my bicycle to school, but couldn't find my bike lock. I looked and looked, but could not find it. I asked my mother, and she didn't know. I knelt down and in a simple child's prayer, I asked God for help. After a few seconds I saw in my mind's eye a five gallon bucket with a rag on the top. When I finished my prayer, I walked right over to the bucket, lifted the rag and there it was. I found my lock! I knew that I had done all I could and then asked an all knowing Heavenly Father to help. He did. He has many times since then. I am a Mormon because I watched my father and mother lead our family with kindness, humor, happiness and hope. I am a Mormon because when I try to live my very best--to follow the example of Jesus, I am happier. I am a Mormon because I have prayed and found the answers to life's purpose--happiness and peace in a troubled world--for myself. Living the teachings of Jesus makes me a better husband, father and community member.

How I live my faith

In the Church, I recently served as a leader of a large geographic area called a stake. This opportunity to help others allowed me to travel up and down the Columbia Gorge between Oregon and Washington. I am involved heavily in the community as a school leader as well. I try to help families and children both in church and at school.