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Elder Quentin L. Cook: ‘Great Love for Our Father’s Children’

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gives his address during the Sunday morni

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gives his address during the Sunday morning session of the 189th Annual General Conference on April 7, 2019.

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Notable quotes:

“When it comes to gathering Israel, we need to align our hearts with this kind of love (charity) and move away from feelings of mere responsibility or guilt to feelings of love and participation in the divine partnership of sharing the Savior’s message, ministry and mission with the world.”
"Perfecting ourselves, qualifying ourselves for the blessings of covenants and preparing to meet God are individual responsibilities. We need to be self-reliant and anxiously engaged in making our homes a refuge from the storms that surround us and a sanctuary of faith."
“I promise that as we focus on our love for the Savior and His Atonement, make Him the centerpiece of our efforts to gather Israel on both sides of the veil, minister to others and individually prepare to meet God, the influence of the adversary will be diminished; and the joy, delight and peace of the gospel will magnify our homes with Christlike love.”

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Talk summary:

Charity, or the pure love of Christ, includes God’s eternal love for all His children. It plays an essential role in missionary work, temple and family history work and home-centered Church-supported family religious observance.

“The emissaries of the Savior, most missionaries feel this kind of love, and when they do, their efforts are blessed. When members gain a vision of this kind of love, which is essential in assisting the Lord in His purpose, the Lord’s work will be accomplished.”

Members of the Church can show love for the Savior and their brothers and sisters by making simple invitations. The new Sunday meeting schedule is an excellent way to lovingly invite friends to come, see and feel a Church experience.

Love is also at the heart of temple and family history efforts. When one learns about the trials and hardships his or her ancestors faced, love for them is magnified.

“I promise that lovingly performing ordinances for ancestors will strengthen and protect our youth and families in a world that is becoming increasingly evil.”

The emphasis on home-centered, Church-supported gospel study prepares eternal families and individuals to meet and live with God. When husband and wife “work together in love and righteousness their decisions are heaven blessed.”

“Humility and love are the hallmark of those who seek the Lord’s will, especially for their families.”

Teaching in the home needs to be clear and compelling, but also spiritual, joyful and full of love.

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