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Hi I'm Lowell

I'm a Mormon. I have been one all my life and feel blessed that such is the case.

About Me

I was born in 1941. While in school I became interested in foreign languages, and between my junior and senior years of high school I went to Germany as a summer exchange student. After graduating from high school I attended a university for two years before returning to Germany to serve as an L.D.S. missionary in what was then the North German Mission. After completing my mission, I returned to the university, where I received B.A. and M.A. degrees in German. Meanwhile I had married my wife, and by the time I finished my M.A. degree , we had our first child. I later completed work for a Ph.D. in German language and literature at another university while teaching elementary German on an assistantship for three years. Upon completing my Ph.D. degree, I took a faculty position in a university language department , where I subsequently taught for 37 years before retiring in 2007. My interests include hunting, fishing, gardening, reading, and writing. I am the author, editor, or translator of approximately 30 books. I have also published poetry in English and other languages, numerous articles on German literary figures and their works, historical studies, and even a short science fiction story. I am the father of five children and the grandfather of fifteen grandchildren. I have traveled to a number of European countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, France, Italy, and England. Since my retirement I have spent a lot of time in genealogical and family history research and have learned that I have ancestors from most of the countries in Europe. In the town where I live, I work with a group of other retirees in community service about once a week. We repair things that need to be repaired and we build cabinets and other things in public facilities.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a Mormon family and went to church regularly as a child, I think that it is accurate to say that I didn't really become converted to my religion until after my experience as an exchange student in Germany. While I was in Germany, people often asked me what I believed as a Mormon, and I could only give vague, general answers, but at that time I decided that if I claimed to be a Mormon, I needed to learn what that meant. So I read the Book of Mormon, among other things. I clearly remember the night I finished reading the Book of Mormon. In the last chapter of the Book of Moroni I had read the admonition to ask God if the things written there are true. I knelt by the sofa in our living room and prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true. In response to that prayer, the Holy Ghost bore witness to me of the truthfulness of that book. For more than forty years I have made it a practice to read all of the Standard Works of the Church, i.e., the works that we call scripture (The Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price) at least once a year. In response to that study and prayer, the Holy Ghost has born witness to me again and again that the things contained in those books are true and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the restored true church of Jesus Christ in our time. I cannot deny the power of the spiritual experiences that I have had as a result of my membership in the Church. I have seen the power of God manifested in the lives of members of my family and others. I have witnessed the healing power of faith and the priesthood of God. I have seen the restored gospel of Jesus Christ change the lives of people in very positive ways. The teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have impacted for good every aspect of my life. My marriage and family life are happy and strong because of those teachings. I was able to accomplish things in my career that I could not otherwise have done, because my faith in Jesus Christ brought me the help that I needed to do things that were otherwise beyond my capacity. I am a Mormon because the experiences of my life, both temporal and spiritual, have taught me that the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church of God on the earth today.

How I live my faith

During my adult life, I have always been actively involved in church service. As a young man, for two and a half years I served as a missionary for the Church in Germany. Since then I have carried out a substantial variety of formal responsibilities in the Church. I have given additional missionary service on a local level. I have actively participated in the program that we call home teaching, in which male members of the Church visit families in their local congregations each month, teach gospel messages, and help family members with spiritual and temporal needs. I have taught in the formal religious education programs of the Church, including the Seminary program for high-school aged youth, and the Institute of Religion program for students attending colleges and universities. I have served as an adult leader in the youth organizations of the Church. I have held adminstrative positions in local congregations called wards, and in groups of congregations called stakes. I am a bearer of the Priesthood of God and as such have served in presiding responsibilities over groups of men who serve in the priesthood. I currently have the responsibility to give, by the laying on of hands, special revelatory priesthood blessings called patriarchal blessings to those who come to me for such blessings.