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

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

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.”

Summary points:

  1. Charity motivates missionary work both for missionaries and members. This kind of love encourages all to invite others to come unto Christ.
  2. Love is at the center of temple and family history efforts to gather Israel on the other side of the veil.
  3. Teaching in the home needs to be “clear and compelling, but also spiritual, joyful and full of love.”

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.

In the news:

  • Elder Cook spoke at the MTC in Mexico and surprised missionaries with the news that the communication changes for them and their families were effective immediately.
  • In a devotional at Utah Valley Institute, Elder Cook shared four principles to help Latter-day Saints make righteous choices.
  • Elder Cook offered his perspective about the new home-centered and Church-supported curriculum shortly before members started using “Come, Follow Me.”
  • In October 2018 general conference, Elder Cook gave details about the Church’s new Sunday meeting schedule and curriculum.

About the speaker:

  • 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 serves as chairman of the Temple and Family History Executive Committee.

Recently on social:

  • Elder Cook’s shared on Instagram that his great-grandfather was one of the young men who helped carry members of the Martin-Willie handcart company across the Sweetwater River. His great-grandfather had been specifically asked to “follow the prophet” before helping those members. Following the prophet is something heroic that Elder Cook said Latter-day Saints can still do today.

  • In a February 2019 Instagram post, Elder Cook shared a conversation he had with President Russell M. Nelson about the power and potential of knowledge.

  • Elder Cook stated in a tweet that Latter-day Saints’ main goal should be to build their faith.