In this month’s Ensign there is a profile of Elder Quentin L. Cook. First of all, I have always found it interesting that the Ensign’s biographical sketches of newly called members of the Quorum of the Twelve are always authored by other members of that quorum. In this case, the choice of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was a no-brainer, since he and Elder Cook served together in the British Mission. Elder Holland writes:
“We were profoundly affected by our mission president, Elder Marion D. Hanks, then of the First Council of the Seventy. To all of his missionaries, he emphasized discipleship and determination. He taught us to love the Savior, to cherish the Book of Mormon, to be true to the Church and the gospel for the rest of our lives. Now, more than 45 years later, it is a rare occasion to have two former missionary companions serving together in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.”
This article contains several facts and stories that give a good idea of the kind of person Elder Cook is: humble, dedicated, intelligent, competent, and tender-hearted. To this I’ll simply add my personal insight into the man. I’ve had occasion to meet him a number of times, and he has always been kind and gracious. When we first spoke, I told him that we were connected through a common ancestor as well as through his acquaintance with an aunt of mine, whom he went to school with. Since then, every time we’ve met he’s asked me how my aunt is doing, and he’s genuinely interested. My aunt has always lived alone and has sometimes felt overlooked, so it means a lot to me to be able to tell her that Elder Cook asked about her.
Read the rest of the article to learn more about this newest special witness of the Savior.