- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsQuorum of the Twelve Apostles, 2007 - present
Elder Quentin L. Cook was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 6, 2007. Called as a General Authority in April 1996, he served in the Second Quorum, the First Quorum, and the Presidency of the Seventy.
As a Seventy, he served in the Area Presidency in the Philippines, as president of the Pacific Islands and the North America Northwest Areas, and as Executive Director of the Missionary Department.
At the time of his call to be a General Authority of the Church, he was vice chairman of Sutter Health System. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of a California health care system. Prior to that, he was a business lawyer and managing partner of a San Francisco Bay Area law firm. He has been a board member of several profit and not-for-profit corporations.
He has served the Church as a bishop, stake president and counselor in the San Francisco California Stake, and regional representative and Area Authority in the North America West Area. As a young man, he was a missionary in the British Mission.
He is a native of Logan, Utah, where he was born on September 8, 1940. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Utah State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Stanford University.
He married Mary Gaddie on November 30, 1962. They are the parents of three children.
- Utah State UniversityBachelor Political Science
- Stanford UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence
It was particularly thrilling to be with the missionaries at the MTC and to see the strength of the young men and the young women. Their great faith is evidenced by the increase in the number of native missionaries in this generation who have chosen to serve in the last few years. How grateful we are to them for their service to the Lord.
Despite the harrowing weather, last weekend was tremendously inspiring for all who were involved. As we traveled to Fiji, we knew that challenging weather was on its way. We prayed to know how we should proceed. President Eyring gave the direction that we should stay with our plans, saying he felt a peaceful calm that everything would work out okay.
We felt the hand of the Lord directing us as we moved forward. This was evidenced by how He took care of the young people in the country. The missionaries and youth were housed in safe church buildings as they participated in the weekend’s activities. What we later learned was that in many cases our young people would have been in more dangerous locations had they not been participating in the activities during that time. We are immensely grateful for that.
Let me also say how impressed we were with the members and leaders of Fiji throughout this challenging time. Everywhere we go, the leaders and members are wonderful. But when there are real challenges, the leaders and members are magnificent. How grateful we are to them and to all members around the world. We love you and the Lord loves you.
1. Righteous Self-Control and Conduct
A principle of eternal progression is that exercising self-control and living righteously strengthens our ability to resist temptation.
2. Honoring the Sabbath Will Increase Righteousness and Be a Protection for the Family
Honoring the Sabbath is a form of righteousness that will bless and strengthen families, connect us with our Creator, and increase happiness.
3. Divine Protections Are Provided When We Are Righteous
The Spirit will help us avoid temptations and dangers and will comfort and lead us through challenges.
My dear brothers and sisters, life is not easy, nor was it meant to be. It is a time of testing and trial. Adherence to sacred gospel principles will allow us to be temple worthy, find happiness in this life, and lead us back to our heavenly home.
Our daily conduct and choices should be consistent with our goals. We need to rise above rationalizations and distractions.
We must teach our youth about the importance of attending the temple. As they go and perform ordinances for others, they will feel the Spirit of God, they will be prepared for their own endowment, and they will be prepared to serve missions and marry in the temple.
The Church is focused on families, and the temple is where families come together for time and for eternity.
To those who struggle with doubts, I would tell you to put your doubts in the corner and allow the Savior to strengthen you over time. Exercise your faith, do the things you should do, and the challenges to your faith will be solved. Don’t ever let your doubts override your faith.
A child’s insight can also be a meaningful addition in family decisions. Children should be extended the opportunity to participate in family councils. As parents and children join together in a family council, revelatory insight can be sought for important family decisions. The goal is to reach unified family decisions.