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Quentin L. Cook
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Attended Utah State University
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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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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. 
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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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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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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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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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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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