My name is Thayne. I live in Idaho with my wife of 48 years. I was born to LDS parents who were themselves third generation Mormons and decedents of LDS pioneers — some of whom helped establish the Church in Idaho and Utah. I was baptized at age 8, graduated from primary, seminary and went on an LDS mission (1964-5) to what was then the Eastern Atlantic States Mission. I was honorably released and was married in the SLC temple in 1966 to a beautiful and talented woman. She helped me graduate from BYU (BA 1966) and the University of Utah (MSW 1972).
I was active in the Church most of my life and was called to many callings where I completed all that was asked of me. I have been Elder’s Quorum President, Sunday School teacher, ward clerk, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Branch President (twice), Bishopric counselor, primary teacher, and innumerable other assignments.
I support efforts by Ordain Women to let their voices be heard — without being threatened with excommunication or other church discipline. In particular, I feel that they have a God-given right to be actively involved with traditional religious ceremonies and actions relating to their families and children.