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Quentin L. Cook
Works at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Attended Utah State University
Lives in Salt Lake City, UT
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I recently returned from a remarkable trip during which I was able to take opinion leaders from various faiths and government entities through the Philadelphia Temple open house.

It was an incredible privilege to take these friends through one of the Lord’s sacred temples and share with them why the temple is so important to us. The feelings one experiences in the baptistery, sealing rooms, and celestial room can be quite profound for those of all faiths. Many of those who toured the temple had spiritual experiences as we sat silently in the celestial room.

We were especially pleased to have visitors from the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, which is just across the street from the new temple. The visit made us feel like we were being welcomed by friends to the neighborhood.

While in Philadelphia, I also had the opportunity to visit with roughly 1,800 of our young people who are preparing to participate in the cultural celebration just before the temple is dedicated.

When young people focus on the temple, there is a light in their eyes, a hope in their countenance, and a spiritual quality that is really magnificent. It was a marvelous experience for me to be with them.

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I feel impressed to share with you some of my thoughts about how important it is for us to not camouflage ourselves in regards to who we are and what we believe. As you are honest about your beliefs, you will influence others for good and they will protect you.

I love the account of Teresa Echo Hawk, wife of Elder Larry J. Echo Hawk. Teresa was not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a youth. One of her first experiences with the Church came when some in her school came to “warn” her that one of her friends, Tammy, was a member of the Church.

Teresa’s friends told her to “watch out,” because Tammy would invite her to meet with the missionaries. Teresa enjoyed spending time with Tammy, so the two continued to be friends. Sure enough, Tammy did invite Teresa to meet with the missionaries—just as Teresa’s friends had said.

As you can probably guess, Teresa accepted the invitation to meet with the missionaries. She gained a testimony of the restored gospel and was later baptized. Her life changed for the better thanks to Tammy’s willingness to live her faith.

Never underestimate the power that comes from you openly living and standing up for your faith. I assure you that you will bless others’ lives for good.

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I recently had the opportunity to visit with many faithful members and missionaries in Mexico. I was struck by their exceptional commitment to living the gospel. They are good, honorable, righteous people. The Saints there are industrious. It hurts them when some people inappropriately describe them in ways that are inconsistent with who they really are. I was pleased to assure them of their goodness and righteousness and of the contribution they are making to the Lord’s kingdom.

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.

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Some people wonder if their faith is strong enough to have miracles and spiritual experiences in their lives. I would counsel you to not let your doubts hold you back. 

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. 

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From “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” we are taught that husbands and wives are equal partners. They are complimentary and provide compatibility for the family. The mother bringing children into the world and the father as a worthy priesthood holder both benefit the family. 

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.

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I spoke in #LDSconf about how righteousness brings happiness. In addition to temple worthiness, I emphasized three other principles that will help you be “shipshape and Bristol fashion” (temple worthy):

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.

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Family history is a family affair, but not everyone has the same situation. Every soul, living or dead, who is accountable for his or her actions, needs the blessing of these sacred ordinances, and we can help our family members receive them.

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It is common today to hide one’s identity when writing hateful, vitriolic, bigoted communications anonymously online.

Any use of the Internet to bully, destroy a reputation, or place a person in a bad light is reprehensible. What we are seeing in society is that when people wear the mask of anonymity, they are more likely to engage in this kind of conduct, which is so destructive of civil discourse. It also violates the basic principles the Savior taught.

The righteous need not wear masks to hide their identity. I encourage you to continue to seek to become who you should be—a disciple of Jesus Christ in thought and in action. Set goals to apply Christlike attributes to your lives and pray for help in developing them. As you do, you will allow yourself to be an influence for good wherever you are.

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Recently, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Elder Gerrit W. Gong, and I returned from a historic trip to Vietnam, Japan, and Guam. In Vietnam, the Church was granted official recognition, fulfilling a blessing Elder Gordon B. Hinckley gave many years ago in 1968. He spoke of “a silver thread, small, but radiant with hope” and “his certain faith” in anticipation of the day Vietnam would be officially recognized.

As we traveled through these areas, I felt reminded that the most important unit in time and eternity is the family. No success can compensate for failure in the home. It really is true that families can be together forever.

Our great desire is that the divine attributes of faith, hope, and charity will strengthen each family and individual—throughout the world.

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As I travel throughout the world, I encourage members to be worthy of a temple recommend, to regularly attend the temple, and to do family history work. 

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.

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You may have heard of the cyclone that hit Fiji while President +Henry B. Eyring and I were in the country for the Suva Fiji Temple rededication. It is hard to explain what it is like to be in the midst of a cyclone, but it is just unreal. I’ve never seen so much wind and water.
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.

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When we face important decisions in our lives, we should counsel with the Lord. You must be willing to have personal time with your Heavenly Father. Pray to Him, read the scriptures, and live the commandments. As you counsel with Him, you will feel direction about the decisions you face. 
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

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 University
    Bachelor Political Science
  • Stanford University
    Doctor of Jurisprudence
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September 8, 1940
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, 2007 - present
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