Meet the Stake Presidency
Robert Bowen - 1st Counselor
Tell us a little about yourself, where you're from, about your family, your profession and things you love doing in your spare time?
Both Cathie and I are originally from Provo. We both attended Provo High School where we met. Her father was the basketball coach and she was at every game with her mother. As we dated through high school I quickly realized she was the best thing that ever happened to me. I went away to college as a freshman on a basketball scholarship, then to Taiwan on a mission the following year. Upon my return we were married 8 months later in the Provo Temple. We are the parents of 5 children and 17 grandchildren.
I attended BYU where I graduated with a Masters degree in Business Administration. Aside from working as a welder while in school, I have been in various banking positions for the past 44 years. I am currently the President of Brighton Bank where I have been for the past 12 years. Cathie taught in the Alpine School District for 16 years but retired to assist with our ailing parents.
We both love to travel and play golf as much as work, family, church callings and caring for the yard will permit.
Did you have any impressions as you were set apart that you'd be willing to share with the Stake?
The first impression I received was the weight of responsibility this calling holds. I also wondered why the calling was extended to me knowing there were so many priesthood holders in this Stake much more qualified. But I did feel the reassurance that the Lord would assist and direct this wonderful work if I would just listen to His promptings and get busy and serve. He would make up for my weaknesses.
The second impression I received was that I will be serving with two of the best men I have known. Whatever I lack, they are fully capable of filling that gap and I will be able to learn a great deal from them. The Stake will be in good hands.
What was a defining moment in your life that most shaped your faith?
I would be hard pressed to focus on a single moment that defined my faith. It has been the culmination of countless moments and interactions with the Spirit. Over the years I have learned that taking time to listen, being in the right place and serving others opens up opportunities for the Spirit to guide and direct. I feel blessed to have a wonderful spouse who keeps me grounded and is a constant strength.
What do you do to keep your interest in reading the scriptures?
The scriptures are a conduit for inspiration. When I read scriptures, I begin by asking the Lord what He wants me to learn today, then read with the intent of identifying a new concept. I have often found that this opens up my understanding and often provides answers I have been seeking. It always amazes me that this can happen regardless of the book, chapter or verse.