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Elder Quentin L. Cook: 'Deep and Lasting Conversion to Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ'

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Notable quotes:

Elder Cook spoke of "a new balance between gospel instruction in the home and in the Church" during his October 2018 general conference address.

  • "We know that when we have better teaching and more spiritually prepared class members, we have a better Sunday Church experience. We are blessed that often the Spirit increases and strengthens conversion in the Church setting."
  • "The new home-centered and Church-supported curriculum needs to influence more powerfully family religious observance and behavior and personal religious observance and behavior. We know the spiritual impact and the deep and lasting conversion that can be achieved in the home setting."
  • "What do these adjustments mean for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? We are confident that members will be blessed in extraordinary ways. Sunday can be a day of gospel learning and teaching at church and in the home. As individuals and families engage in family councils, family history, ministering, service, personal worship, and joyful family time, the Sabbath day will truly be a delight."

Talk summary:

Church leaders have been working for a long-time on "a home-centered and Church-supported plan to learn doctrine, strengthen faith, and foster greater personal worship.”

Following President Nelson's announcement of an adjustment to achieve “a new balance between gospel instruction in the home and in the Church,” Elder Cook said the Church's Sunday meeting schedule will be adjusted.

The Sunday Church meetings will consist of a 60-minute sacrament meeting, each Sunday, "focused on the Savior, the ordinance of the sacrament, and spiritual messages." After time for transition to classes, Church members will attend a 50-minute class that will alternate each Sunday. Sunday School will be held on the first and third Sundays. Priesthood quorums, Relief Society, and Young Women meetings will be held on the second and fourth Sundays. Meetings on the fifth Sunday will be under the direction of the bishop.

The new home study resource Come, Follow Me For Individuals and Families is designed to help members learn the gospel in the home.

Promised blessings:

Elder Cook said the purposes and blessings associated with this schedule adjustment and other recent changes include the following:

• Deepening conversion to Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthening faith in Them.

• Strengthening individuals and families through home-centered, Church-supported curriculum that contributes to joyful gospel living.

• Honoring the Sabbath day, with a focus on the ordinance of the sacrament.

• Helping all of Heavenly Father’s children on both sides of the veil through missionary work and receiving ordinances and covenants and blessings of the temple

Speaker snapshot:

  • Elder Quentin L. Cook was born and raised in Logan, Utah. See 12 classic photos celebrating his life here.
  • While Elder Cook was in high school, his brother was pondering whether or not to serve a mission. They both decided to search for the answer through prayer and received a positive answer that shaped Elder Cook’s testimony for the rest of his life.
  • He graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
  • On Nov. 30, 1962, Elder Cook married Sister Mary Gaddie in the Logan Utah Temple.
  • He graduated from Stanford University Law School.
  • Elder Cook was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Oct. 6, 2007.
  • Today, he serves as chairman of the Temple and Family History Executive Committee.

On the web:

  • Check out Elder Cook’s social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • In a recent Face to Face in Nauvoo, Elder Cook and historians answered questions from the youth about Church history.

The latest:

Did you know?

  • Elder Cook was mission companions with fellow Apostle Elder Jeffrey R. Holland while they were serving in the British Mission.
  • During his high school years, Elder Cook competed in basketball, baseball, track and was quarterback of the football team. He was also senior class president and was involved in debate.
  • At the time of his call as a General Authority, he was working as vice chairman of Sutter Health System.
  • Elder Cook threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, in 2011.
  • Both Elder Cook and Elder Perry attended the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., in 2011.

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