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Quentin L. Cook Quentin L. (LaMar) Cook

1940 - living
  • Born 1940 Logan, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Mission to England 1960-1962
  • Married Mary Gaddie 1962, Logan Temple; three children
  • Bishop, Stake President, Regional Representative, Area Authority
  • Second Quorum of the Seventy 1996-1998
  • First Quorum of the Seventy 1998-present
  • Presidency of the Seventy 2007-2007
  • Quorum of the Tweve Apostles 2007-present

    “I can’t remember when I didn’t believe in the gospel,” said Quentin L. Cook, in an interview with an Ensign shortly after his call to the Second Quorum of the Seventy. Elder Cook, who believes that, paraphrasing Harry Emerson Fosdick, “when you pick up one end of the stick, you pick up the other end also.” Early in his life, he took hold of the gospel, and his testimony has driven his life’s commitments ever since.

    Born in Logan, Utah, on 8 September 1940, Quentin was one of three children born to Bernice and J. Vernon Cook.

    At 15, Quentin joined in his brother’s struggle to decide between medical school and a mission. “We reasoned together,” says Elder Cook. “Was a mission just a good thing, or was it something to do because the gospel is true? My brother chose a mission, and that thought process became a changing event in my life.”

    After Quentin’s mission to England from 1960 to 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Gaddie, in the Logan Temple on 30 November 1962. He graduated from Utah State University in 1963 and from Stanford Law School in 1966.

    As residents of Hillsborough, California, and the parents of three children, the Cooks immersed themselves in family, church, career, and community. For Elder Cook, commitment to career resulted in 27 years as a business lawyer and three years as president of California Healthcare Systems. Commitment to community led to 14 years of volunteer service as a city attorney. Commitment to church resulted in 15 years in the San Francisco Stake presidency and service as a regional representative and later as an Area Authority in the North American West Area.

    “In my life, picking up one end of the stick has meant commitment to picking up the other end also,” says Elder Cook, whose early but firm grasp of the gospel of Jesus Christ has resulted in a life of good works and a commitment to future service as a Seventy.     Two years after his call to the Second Quorum, Elder Cook was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 5, 1998. Then, after a few years seasoning, he was called into the Presidency of the Seventy August 1, 2007. He must be doing something right for on October 6, 2007, only two months later, Elder Cook was given an honorable release from the Seventy and called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, where he continues to serve at this writing.

   "News of the Church: Elder Quentin L. Cook...," Ensign May 1996
   " Three sustained, quorum total now reaches 54," Church News Archives, Apr. 11, 1998
   2005 Church Almanac, p. 33
   "Leadership Changes," Church News, June 9, 2007

Selected Discourses and Writings
Grampa Bill believes this to be the most complete listing available free on the web of Quentin L. Cook's talks and articles. Please email the Grampa if you note any busted links, errors, or if you are aware of any Quentin L. Cook talks or articles not listed here but available on the web.

You will note that some are available only as text; some are available only in an audio (ASX, MP3, or WMA) format; while still others are available in both text and audio formats.

Note: This is Elder Cook's first General Conference address as a General Authority.
166th Semi-annual General Conference
Ensign, November 1996, p.28
Friend to Friend
Note: This is an Interview with Elder Cook.
Liahona, April 2000  
Looking Beyond the Mark Ensign, March 2003, pp.40–44  
Are You a Saint? Ensign, November 2003, p.95  
In the World but Not of the World Ensign, Feb 2006, 53–55  
Be a Missionary All Your Life BYU Devotional, 13 March 2007 MP3

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