Our daily conduct and choices should be consistent with our goals. We need to rise above rationalizations and distractions.
When we turn down the volume and examine the substance, there is very little that will assist us in our eternal quest toward righteous goals. One father wisely responds to his children with their numerous requests to participate in these distractions.
He simply asks them, "Will this make you a better person?"
- 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