• Quote of the Day

    “Surely the reason Christ said, ‘Father, forgive them,’ was because even in that terrible hour He knew that this was the message He had come through all eternity to deliver.”
    —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Elder D. Todd Christofferson was sustained as the newest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles this morning. I find him to be very sharp, spiritual, and insightful—for a lawyer. Here is a list of articles of his that have appeared in the Church magazines.

“Becoming a Witness of Christ,” Ensign, Mar. 2008, 58

“Let Us Be Men,” Ensign, Nov. 2006, 46

“A Sense of the Sacred,” New Era, June 2006, 28

“Friend to Friend: Seeking Him in Prayer,” Friend, Feb. 2006, 8

“Allegiance to God,” Ensign, Jan. 2005, 8

“When Thou Art Converted,” Ensign, May 2004, 11

“That They May Be One in Us,” Ensign, Nov. 2002, 71

“Justification and Sanctification,” Ensign, June 2001, 18

“The Redemption of the Dead and the Testimony of Jesus,” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 9

“The Priesthood Quorum,” Ensign, Nov. 1998, 40

“Friend to Friend,” Friend, Mar. 1995, 6

“I Know in Whom I Have Trusted,” Ensign, May 1993, 83

Elder Quentin L. Cook—A Willing Heart and Mind

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.