Quentin L. Cook
|Quentin L. Cook|
|Quorum of the Twelve Apostles|
|October 6, 2007|
|LDS Church Apostle|
|October 11, 2007|
|Called by||Gordon B. Hinckley|
|Reason||Death of James E. Faust; Henry B. Eyring added to First Presidency|
|Presidency of the Seventy|
|August 1, 2007– October 6, 2007|
|End reason||Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles|
|First Quorum of the Seventy|
|April 5, 1998– October 6, 2007|
|End reason||Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles|
|Second Quorum of the Seventy|
|April 6, 1996– April 5, 1998|
|End reason||Transferred to the First Quorum of the Seventy|
|Born||Quentin LaMar Cook
September 8, 1940
Logan, Utah, United States
|Education||Utah State University (B.S.)
Stanford Law School (J.D.)
Quentin LaMar Cook (born September 8, 1940) is an American lawyer, business executive, and religious leader who is currently a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Currently, he is the eighth most senior apostle in the church..
Born in Logan, Utah, Cook is among three children of Bernice Kimball and J. Vernon Cook. He is a great-great grandson of LDS Church apostle Heber C. Kimball and great-grandson of David Patten Kimball.
Raised in Logan, Cook attended Logan High School, where he participated in many sports, including football, basketball, baseball, and track. At Logan High, he was a teammate of future NFL great Merlin Olsen.
From 1960 to 1962, Cook served as an LDS Church missionary in England, where he and Jeffrey R. Holland served as companions, with Marion D. Hanks as mission president. After his return, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Gaddie, in the Logan Utah Temple on November 30, 1962. He graduated from Utah State University in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in political science and from Stanford Law School in 1966.
The Cooks moved to Hillsborough, California, where they had three children. Cook worked for 27 years as a corporate attorney, becoming a managing partner of Carr, McClellan, Ingersoll, Thompson and Horn in the San Francisco Bay area. Later in his career, he served as president and chief executive officer of California Healthcare System (CHS) for three years and then as vice chairman of Sutter Health System. Cook did pro bono work as a city attorney for 14 years.
Cook's work in privatizing hospitals in California involved some controversy. As an attorney representing public hospital districts, he negotiated deals favorable to nonprofit healthcare corporations before leaving to become an executive with those corporations. Critics claimed the deal quietly gave public revenues to private interests. In a lawsuit to regain control of the hospital, the districts alleged this was a conflict of interest and violated their public mission, but the court found that statute of limitations had expired. The hospital became part of CHS, which later joined Sutter Health, both of which held Cook as a top executive.
LDS Church service
Cook was called as a general authority and member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy on April 6, 1996. He was transferred to the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 5, 1998. He was appointed as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy on August 1, 2007. As a general authority, Cook served in the presidency in the church's Philippines Area, as president of the Pacific and North America Northwest areas, and as Executive Director of the Missionary Department.
On October 6, 2007, Cook was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, filling a vacancy created by the appointment of Henry B. Eyring to the First Presidency. As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Cook is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer, and revelator.
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- Apostolic seniority is generally understood to include all ordained apostles (including the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. With the recent deaths of Robert D. Hales and Thomas S. Monson, and the subsequent reorganization of the First Presidency, there are currently two vacancies in the quorum.). Seniority is determined by date of ordination, not by age or other factors. If two apostles are ordained on the same day, the older of the two is typically ordained first. See Succession to the presidency and Heath, Steven H. (Summer 1987). "Notes on Apostolic Succession" (PDF). Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. 20 (2): 44–56..
- Holland, Jeffrey R. (April 2008), "Elder Quentin L. Cook: A Willing Heart and Mind", Ensign, retrieved 2015-05-05
- Carly M. Springer (September 8, 2014). "5 Fun Facts about Elder Cook". LDS Living. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
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- "Four Prominent Individuals to Receive Honorary Degrees from USU". Utah State Today. Utah State University. April 26, 2012. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
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- San Francisco Examiner quoted from November 24, 1987. In "Give Marinites Their Hospital Back". Coastal Post. Bolinas, CA. September 1997. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
- Norman Carrigg (August 2004). "Marin General Hospital Update". Coastal Post. Bolinas, CA. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
- Stephanie Hiller (October 16, 1996). "Problems at Marin's Sutter Hospital". Albion Monitor. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
- Sarah Jane Weaver (May 11, 1996). "His actions reflect his beliefs, devotion to gospel, the Lord". Church News. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
- "Church President Names New Leaders", Newsroom, LDS Church, 7 October 2007
- "Official Biographies for leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Elder Quentin L. Cook", Newsroom, LDS Church
- "Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Seventy", Ensign, May 1996
|The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles|
David A. Bednar
|Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 6, 2007 –
D. Todd Christofferson
Note: There are currently two vacancies in this Quorum due to the October 1, 2017 death of Robert D. Hales, the subsequent death of Thomas S. Monson on January 2, 2018, and the reorganization of the First Presidency on January 14. Those vacancies are anticipated to be filled during the April 2018 General Conference.