Elder Cook Visits the Philippines
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Cebu City | February 2010 | Elder Quentin L. Cook, with his wife Mary, visited the Philippines to conduct a Priesthood Leadership Conference and preside over the Mission Presidents Seminar on Nov. 12 – 16, 2009. He was accompanied by Elder Walter F. Gonzalez of the Presidency of the Seventy and Bishop Keith B. McMullin of the Presiding Bishopric with their wives.
 
A special devotional for young single adults (YSAs) in the Cebu City area conducted on November 13 kicked off his activities for the following days. The devotional attended by YSAs from five (5) stakes centered on the challenges encountered by young people as they pursue their education, prepare to serve a mission, choose their future companion and career paths. Elder Cook provided the opportunity for local leaders, Elder Gonzalez and Bishop McMullin to share their thoughts and insights before speaking to those in attendance. He expressed the love he developed for the Filipino people since he was called as a general authority in 1996 with the Philippines area as his first assignment. He counseled the YSAs to continue in their faithfulness in the gospel and to develop leadership capabilities as they seek to serve others.
 
The half-day priesthood leadership conference on November 14 involved 12 stakes from the Cebu and Bacolod Missions. He also presided over the seminar for the 15 missions presidents currently serving in the Philippines area.
 
Members of the Cebu City Stake were given the rare privilege of hearing a message from Elder Cook during the special meeting on November 15. The choir’s rendition of I Stand All Amazed created a sweet spirit to those in attendance during the meeting. Speaking at the special conference, Elder Cook gave three important counsels to the Saints in Cebu. First is to always have a sense of gratitude in their hearts. He emphasized the responsibility of parents to teach their children to be He testified of Jesus Christ and his atonement, of how He is leading the church. He concluded his message by giving an apostolic blessing to the people that they would always have food on their table, roof over their heads, clothes on their back and for the Lord to grant the righteous desires of their hearts. The members of the church went home with a renewed determination to better prepare themselves to partake of the blessings of the temple.
 
Other special stake meetings were also conducted by Elder Gonzalez at Talisay Stake, Bishop McMullin at Cebu Liloan Stake and Elder Edwards at the Cebu Central Stake.