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Quentin LaMar Cook (born September 8, 1940) is 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 thirteenth most senior apostle in the ranks of the Church.

Biographical background

Born in Loganmarker, Utahmarker, 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.

From 1960 to 1962, Cook served as an LDS Church missionary to Englandmarker. 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, Californiamarker, 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 areamarker; for three years as president and chief executive officer of California Healthcare System (CHS); and then for some time as vice chairman of Sutter Health System. His tenure at CHS was marked by controversy as he orchestrated the lease of the once-public Marin General Hospital; the lease resulted in the transfer of millions of dollars of public funds to CHS. Cook also volunteered for 14 years as city attorney.

Church service

Within the LDS Church, Cook has served as a member of the presidency of the Pacifica Stake, San Franciscomarker Stake, a regional representative, an area seventy in the North American West Area, and Executive Director of the Missionary Department during his service as a general authority.

Cook was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy on April 6, 1996, to the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 5, 1998, and to the Presidency of the Seventy on August 1, 2007.

Filling a vacancy created by Henry B. Eyring being called to be a member of the First Presidency, he was sustained to be a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 6, 2007 . As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Cook is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer, and revelator.


See also


  1. "Sutter's Empire Strikes Back", SF Weekly, 1998-01-21.
  2. " Church President Names New Leaders." LDS Newsroom. October 6, 2007.

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