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Quentin L. Cook
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Attended Utah State University
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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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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. 
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How grateful I am for the opportunity I had today to participate in Family Discovery Day at RootsTech. I was especially encouraged to see so many young children and youth. I know that the Lord will bless each of us in our efforts to unite our families. Regardless of whether you are single, whether your spouse is less active, or whether you yourself are less active or even a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you too can assist in the salvation of souls. There can be no more important, fulfilling, or glorious work.
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Our great desire is to raise our children in truth and righteousness. One principle that will help us accomplish this is to avoid being overly judgmental about conduct that is foolish or unwise but not sinful. Many years ago, when my wife and I had children at home, Elder Dallin H. Oaks taught that it was important to distinguish between youthful mistakes which should be corrected and sins that require chastening and repentance. Where there is lack of wisdom, our children need instruction. Where there is sin, repentance is essential. We found this to be helpful in our own family.
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Many choices are not inherently evil, but if they absorb all of our time and keep us from the best choices, then they become insidious.
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Even worthwhile endeavors need evaluation in order to determine if they have become distractions from the best goals.
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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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You may know that I will have the opportunity to speak at Family Discovery Day during RootsTech this Saturday, February 14. As I’ve prayerfully considered what to speak about, my thoughts have been drawn toward the fact that all people can take part in family history work. There are ways for each of us to participate—regardless of our circumstances in life. I’d personally like to invite you to watch the streaming broadcast on Saturday. I pray our Father in Heaven will help you see how you can help in this important work. http://bit.ly/1FbKJzj
Family Discovery Day at RootsTech 2015.
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I encourage everyone, young and old, to review goals and objectives and strive to exercise greater discipline. 
Our daily conduct and choices should be consistent with our goals. We need to rise above rationalizations and distractions. 
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Elder David A. Bednar recently cautioned members to be authentic in the use of social media. A prominent thought leader, Arthur C. Brooks, has emphasized this point. He observes that when using social media, we tend to broadcast the smiling details of our lives but not the hard times at school or work. We portray an incomplete life—sometimes in a self-aggrandizing or fake way. We share this life, and then we consume the “almost exclusively … fake lives of [our] social media ‘friends.’” Brooks asserts, “How could it not make you feel worse to spend part of your time pretending to be happier than you are, and the other part of your time seeing how much happier others seem to be than you?”
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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.

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  • Utah State University
    Bachelor Political Science
  • Stanford University
    Doctor of Jurisprudence
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September 8, 1940