Growing

Growing2

About the complex factors, that is true, for example:

* A blessed baby already counts in the records of the church until gets baptized or reach 18 years old.
* An inactive member even when join another church, stills remains in the church’s records.
* The church couldn’t be able to find out when an inactive member (not linked anymore to the church) passes away.
* The age for baptism in the church is 8 years old, in many of the other ones is older.
* LDS families are well known for a high rate of natality.

So, it is true that the growing of the church can’t be truly measured, but still is interesting that even when the church make an statement about caring less about this kind of statistics for the “news media”, still it bothers sending to them this private statistics… free publicity is always welcome.

Read more:
Looking Beyond Statistics: The Sould Behind the Numbers (LDS comentary) 

Posted by: edain | February 4, 2008

We have First Presidency!

1st Counselor Henry B Eyring President Thomas S. Monson 2nd Counselor Dieter F. Uchtdorf
President: Thomas S. Monson
First Counselor: Henry B. Eyring
Second Counselor: Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  

    

Pdte of the Twelve
President of the Quorum of the Twelve: Boyd K. Packer
Posted by: edain | January 31, 2008

Is Pdte Hincley in hell?

The members of the Westboro Baptist Church will try again to straight up the Mormonism with one of his exemplifier protest to be held close to Pdte. Hinckley’s funeral. They plan to protest because of the ambiguous response and “tolerance” of Hinckley about homosexuality. Yeah the same ones that stated that AIDS is a blessing against homosexuality and the attacks of Sep/11 was a curse of God for America’s support of gays and the same ones that “rejoice” when a soldier came home in a coffin had announced that in Hinckley’s funeral protest at least one sign will state: “Hinckley is in hell.”

It’s interesting that groups so against Mormon teachings as the theosis who compare Mormons aspiration to become gods with the reason of why Satan was expel from heaven now are just taking the reason of their hate and adopt it and accept it at their convenience.

Such boldness of a certain knowledge to state if someone is in hell (Hinckley and homosexuals) or to announce what is God’s punishment and condemn people for their actions is exactly the Mormon point of view of what really happened in heaven : SOMONE TRYING TO TAKE GOD’S PLACE!

It’s interesting that members of the Westboro Baptist Church (and many other Baptist churches) act alike and think they are following Christ, it is just when I see this behavior that I step next to Joseph Smith to denounce the hypocrisy of the sectarianism of the Christian world, ” draw[ing] near to [God] with their lips” but their actions crucify again and again the Christ what is for me, that is not a Christian behavior, its not what the New Testament teaches, is not even human but just a bunch of people that because of fighting blindly, adopted and were converted in what they hated the most: their idea of what Mormonism is.

Arthur Schopenhauer once said a universal truth that apply to all:

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

That, beloved reader is what always happen and with this group is so evident except to themselves.

Read more:
Deseret Morning News

Posted by: edain | January 27, 2008

President Gordon B. Hinckley dies at age 97

President Gordon B. Hinckley, who led The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through explosive growth during his more than 12 years as president, died at 7 p.m. today of causes incident to age, surrounded by family. He was 97.

Pdte Gordon B. Hincley
1910-2008
Surelly you will be miss…

Read more: Deseret News

This week that was the statement that put in trouble to Mitt Romney’s opponent in the next President elections. There was a huge response all over the media about that, accused to be faith picker, or that he was using “anti-mormon ideology”, etc.

Huckabee apologized and Romney accepted (as good Baptist and Mormon each one).

Immediately the Church’s spoken person released the “official position” of the Church to such statement:

Like other Christians, we believe Jesus is the divine Son of God. Satan is a fallen angel.
As the Apostle Paul wrote, God is the Father of all. That means that all beings were created by God and are His spirit children. Christ, however, was the only begotten in the flesh, and we worship Him as the Son of God and the Savior of mankind.

So what the Church is saying to the world is: YES they are!, but as many times in “polemic questions” the Church rejects the “easy and simple words of the True Gospel” and cover with makeup a easy answer, a quick read of the statement could lead people to think that its not part of the Mormon Theology that Satan and Jesus ARE brothers (even ours), but the Church is responding in a way that needs a little study to understand their answer:

Lets read carefully the lines:

Like other Christians: Hey! we the Mormons are the same-same as you all Baptists and “traditional” Christians, do not forget that!

Jesus is the divine Son of God. Satan is a fallen angel: Even if they are brothers, one is the good one ( in who we Believe TOO) and the other is the bad one (in who we DO NOT worship inside the temples)

As the Apostle Paul wrote: Notice our believe in the Bible, we are not quoting here the Book of Moses that will answer  without a doubt.

God is the Father of all: So, if there is a Savior and a devil, God MUST be their father, right?
That means that all beings were created by God and are His spirit children: Including the Devil, Lucifer, Satan or whatever name the other Christians are currently calling him.

Christ, however, was the only begotten in the flesh: But even when Satan also is/was a child of God, Jesus was the chosen one in the heavenly council at the beginning.

and we worship Him as the Son of God and the Savior of mankind: As you all “traditional” Christians believe also.

Of course I don’t think Romney’s religion should be involved in his campaign, neither the differences should be taken as a tool against him for his opponents. What seems interesting though is the Church’s bogus response to an easy and clear answer.

Sources:
Lds.org
CNN
MSNBC
Book of Moses Ch. 1 & 4

Posted by: edain | October 13, 2007

Mormon – All rights reserved

The Book of MormonThe term Mormon was used as a pejorative name to the believers in the Book of Mormon from which the word has it’s origin. So Mormon is a Book of Mormon believer.

Mormon or Mormonite was first used in 1830, however the Church started in 1970 using to refer itself as such.

About the origin of the word, according to Joseph Smith it came from the “Egyptian, “mon.” Hence, with the addition of “more,” or the contraction, “mor,” we have the word “mormon”; which means, literally, “more good.”

At the other hand the President Gordon B. Hinckley in a speech in 1990 denied such statement when said that he “knew, of course, that “more good” was not a derivative of the word Mormon. I had studied both Latin and Greek, and I knew that English is derived in some measure from those two languages and that the words more good are not a cognate of the word Mormon.
However he adopted the prophet statement that Mormon should mean “more good”

He also recognized that “regardless of our efforts, we may never convert the world to general use of the full and correct name of the Church. Because of the shortness of the word Mormon and the ease with which it is spoken and written, they will continue to call us the Mormons, the Mormon church, and so forth.”

“We may not be able to change the nickname, but we can make it shine with added luster” and that is exactly what the Church started to do, adopting using and monopolize the nickname Mormon.

So, something that we must remember that the nickname does not belong to the Church and because the origin of the name is to those that follow Smith teachings and accept the Book of Mormon as scripture, then the term should be borrow also to all the sects of the Mormonism. If the main Church derivate in many schismatic churches and still kept the main origin then they are Mormons. Hence LDS Mormon, Reformed Mormon, Mormon fundamentalist, etc.

Recently the Public Relations department publish style guides to refer to the church, where we see that ” While the term “Mormon Church” has long been publicly applied to the Church as a nickname, it is not an authorized title, and the Church discourages its use.” Furthermore try to deny it use “when referring to people or organizations that practice polygamy, the terms “Mormons,” “Mormon fundamentalist,” “Mormon dissidents,” etc. are incorrect. The Associated Press Stylebook notes: “The term Mormon is not properly applied to the other … churches that resulted from the split after [Joseph] Smith’s death.”” But who gives to the Church such power? Since the term is not native from a member of the Church but from non-members, the Church should encourage the proper name of the Church instead of steal a well known term, worse, trying to limit it use.

But the Church goes further, in some countries, Mormon and some phrases including the term are registered trademarks owned by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. In the United States, the LDS Church has applied for a trademark on “Mormon” as applied to religious services; however, the United States Patent and Trademark Office rejected the application, stating that the term “Mormon” was too generic, and is popularly understood as referring to a particular kind of church, like “Presbyterian” or “Methodist”, rather than a service mark. The application is on appeal as of mid-200.

The only reason I can find is that the Church could be linked to practices that she doesn’t believe anymore, but the Church should realize that have sisters churches like it or not. The Church struggle so hard to be accepted with the nickname Christians (monopolized for another group) but then don’t realize that they are been treated the same way it treats other Mormon Churches: You can’t hold that nickname because you don’t practice our practices, our believes and doctrines.

Source:
Wikipedia
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Sec.6 p.300
Gordon B. Hinckley, “Mormon Should Mean ‘More Good’,” Ensign, Nov 1990, 51
Lds.org

Posted by: edain | October 13, 2007

Why do I dont understand the prophets

It is very hard for me to understand a lot of the way the Church is leaded today… I know I know… that can lead to personal apostasy.

But there are too much unanswered questions, to many statements that make me doubt about the way the Church is going to, reason to make me thing Joseph Smith’s teachings aren’t follow. Its true the Church is based in “modern revelation”, and OF COURSE the Church should change to fill the needs of its members in this advancing world, but there are thing that are unchangeable… teachings that came ‘since Adam”.

So here are some of the problems I struggle with and the non-answer from the Church:

1. If it was not doctrine, why the Church deny the Priesthood to the black race descendants? Why Brigham Young and even current leaders of the Church taught about the Cain’s sin or the impartial ones in heaven?

2. Gays, now the Church accept them as they are but not what they do, totally opposed to gay marriage. What is the position of the Church about the nature of a gay person: someone is gay because they born like that (God made them), it’s just a decease or what?

3. When in 1843 Joseph revealed the Law of Celestial Marriage (polygamy) it was a principle needed for the Exaltation, Young enforced that and even when the world was against that practice they still suffer for obey God. Then in 1890 the Church put in stand-by it practice, nowadays the Church deny the principle while schisms groups at least try to follow it. Now the Church forbids the plural marriage but is inconsistent because people can still be sealed to someone else when that person’s partner is dead.

4. The topping speech of Joseph Smith was in the Funeral of King Follet, where the eternal Progression doctrine was revealed, when the Mystery of the Godhead was revealed: God was a man and the man can be a god someday, teaching that probes the legitimacy of Smith as a true prophet, but nowadays is a doctrine incomprehensible and the Church try to put away.

Interview to Gordon B. Hinckley – San Francisco Chronicle

5. Modern evidence and Science is one of the worst foes of the faith, theories as the Evolution fight against the religion account of the Creation. To the prophets of old was revealed all the things since the beginning, the pharisees in Jesus’ time hold the key of knowledge and science, hiding from the world among others the ‘true account of the creation” of Adam and Eve and this Earth. A knowledge that even in the Church seems to be lost.

Statement of the First Presidency – Dec 1910

Joseph Smith and Brigham Young’s teachings about many things as:

  • Adam-God (and the accepted theory of Adam born as an embryo)
  • Second Anointing (Feet washing/Made Sure Election/exaltation on earth)
  • Quorum of the Fifty/Seven (Or how Jesus will reign on Earth in Smith’s times)
  • Translation of the Book of Mormon (and why they don’t use the seer stone today)
  • The Book of Abraham and the true meaning of the papyri founded
  • How revelation is received today
  • The reason of the schism in the Fighting for the Church new leader after the death of Joseph
  • Why Emma never come back to the “only and true Church” and get married again
  • etc etc etc… and why all this truths are not teaching for the Church and contrary the Church try to hide and forget.
Posted by: edain | October 10, 2007

Ex-miembro del Coro sentenciado a prisión

English here.Robert Matthews

Un ex miembro del Coro del Tabernáculo Mormón fué sentenciado el martes a poco más de tres años en una prisión federal por posesión de cerca de 600 imágenes de pornografía infantil. Robert Matthews, 52 años, de Orem (Utah), compareció en la Corte de Distrito de los EEUU y expresó su gratitud por el apoyo de sus amigos y familiares.

El pasado agosto, Matthews se declaró culpable de posesisión de pornografía infantil.

Aunque se enfrenta hasta 10 años de prisión, fiscales federales estuvieron dispuestos a recomendar una sentencia menor debido al hecho de que la naturaleza de la pornografía infantil no involucraba actos sexuales.

Matthews fué acusado en octubre del año pasado por un gran jurado federal. Los cargos fueron presentados en corte por cuatro crímenes de explotación sexual de un menor y tres de lascivia involucrando un niño, una falta legal. Los cargos estatales fueron descartados para dar lugar al caso federal.

Según la policía, Matthews fué investigado después de recibir evidencia de que nadó desnudo con cuatro chicos durante un viaje a las aguas termales de Diamond Fork en julio del 2006.

El abogado de Matthews, Nyal Bodily, dijo que el caso federal tenia que ver solo con las imágenes de pornografía infantil que Matthews poseía.

Matthews se unió al Coro del Tabernáculo Mormón en enero del 2006, pero fué relevado luego de que la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días se enterara de su arresto de acuerdo a un oficial de la iglesia.

El Juez de Distrito de los EEUU Paul Cassell sentenció a Matthews a servir 37 meses en prisión. También le fué ordenado tener acceso restringido a computadoras y a contacto sin supervisión con menores por 36 meses después de su liberación.

Source:
Deseret Morning News
Sitio Oficial del Coro del Tabernáculo Mormón

Nota: Como se puede ver en el sitio oficial, Matthews aún aparece como miembro activo del coro, sin embargo la declaración alega que fué relevado cuando la iglesia supo de su arresto,  el sido ha sido actualizado constantemente, vemos por ejemplo a Craig McAllister con fecha de relevo 2007, según la policía Matthews fué encarcelado el 28 de Septiembre del 2006, más de un año y aún consta como miembro activo del coro, pero John Nebeker es actualmente quién lo ha reemplazado.

Yesterday in the 177th Saturday’s Afternoon General Conference, Elder Holland, who I really like and respect, been the First and only Apostle I personally met so far, preach again about the LDS Church as a Christian one, but this time was actually attacking another faiths… I was shocking.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the TwelvesAfter all the ecumenical work done by the locals lider of the Church with another denominations, the Church, as Brigham Young did, preached to the members WORLDWIDE that their God is an “incomprehensible” one, making laugh to everybody.

But, then it came the astonishment, MY “incomprehension”, the LORD said through brother Joseph that the “truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come; ” and that God can’t lie, neither the ones that are inspired by the Spirit, which is the messenger of all truth.

So, talking about the ATHANASIAN CREED quoted by Elder Holland, even when it’s part of the three ecumenical creeds, and WAS part of three Catholic celebrations in a year, the “doctrine” found in it was never understood or really accepted, especially because the terms weren’t philosophical.

The document, originally written in Latin, it’s no used anymore and the CURRENT creed adopted and well known for Catholics and other ecumenical Christians is the NICENE CREED.

So besides that Elder Holland is wasting with the feet the ecumenical relationship with other denominations, it is accusing of OLD PRACTICES! to those Churches. So is he telling us is Ok to put in the face of others their past mistakes? But then the LDS have a lot to face and recognize. Maybe is he given them back a full spoon of their chocolate?

Furthermore, the accusation of Elder Holland about the “Incomprehensible” God of the Christian denominations is totally false. and its just ironically, a translation mistake, something Mormons are custom to check for Bible mistakes. So where it says “Uncomprehensible” or “Incomprehensible” should be “IMMENSE” according to the original document in Latin.

Here is the English text with the original in Latin interlined:

  1. Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith.
    Quicunque vult salvus esse: ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem.
  2. Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
    Quam nisi quisque integram inviolatamque servaverit: absque dubio in æternum peribit.
  3. And the Catholic Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity,
    Fides autem catholica hæc est: ut unum Deum in Trinitate, et Trinitatem in Unitate veneremur;
  4. Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance [Essence].
    Neque confundentes personas: neque substantiam separantes.
  5. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost.
    Alia est enim persona Patris: alia Filii: alia Spiritus Sancti.
  6. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.
    Sed Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti una est divinitas: æqualis gloria, coæterna majestas.
  7. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.
    Qualis Pater: talis Filius: talis [et] Spiritus Sanctus.
  8. The Father uncreate [uncreated], the Son uncreate [uncreated], and the Holy Ghost uncreate [uncreated].
    Increatus Pater: increatus Filius: increatus [et] Spiritus Sanctus.
  9. The Father incomprehensible [unlimited], the Son incomprehensible [unlimited], and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible [unlimited].
    Immensus Pater: immensus filius: immensus [et] Spiritus Sanctus.
  10. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal.
    Æternus Pater: æternus Filius: æternus [et] Spiritus Sanctus.
  11. And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal.
    Et tamen non tres æterni: sed unus æternus.
  12. As also there are not three incomprehensibles [infinites], nor three uncreated, but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible [infinite].
    Sicut non tres increati: nec tres immensi: sed unus increatus: et unus immensus.
  13. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty.
    Similiter omnipotens Pater: omnipotens Filius: omnipotens [et] Spiritus Sanctus.
  14. And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.
    Et tamen non tres omnipotentes: sed unus omnipotens.
  15. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God.
    Ita deus Pater: deus Filius: deus [et] Spiritus Sanctus.
  16. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
    Et tamen non tres dii: sed unus est Deus.
  17. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord.
    Ita dominus Pater: dominus Filius: dominus [et] Spiritus Sanctus.
  18. And yet not three Lords, but one Lord.
    Et tamen non tres domini: sed unus [est] Dominus.
  19. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity: to acknowledge every Person by himself to be both God and Lord,
    Quia sicut singulatim unamquamque personam Deum ac Dominum confiteri, Christiana veritate compellimur:
  20. So are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion, to say, There be [are] three Gods, or three Lords.
    Ita tres deos, aut [tres] dominos dicere, catholica religione prohibemur.
  21. The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten.
    Pater a nullo est factus: nec creatus, nec genitus.
  22. The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten.
    Filius a Patre solo est: non factus, nec creatus: sed genitus.
  23. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
    Spiritus Sanctus a Patre et filio: non factus, nec creatus, nec genitus: sed procedens.
  24. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
    Unus ergo Pater, non tres patres: unus Filius, non tres filii: unus Spiritus Sanctus, non tres spiritus sancti.
  25. And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other; none is greater, or less than another [there is nothing before, or after: nothing greater or less];
    Et in hac Trinitate nihil prius, aut posterius: nihil majus, aut minus.
  26. But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal.
    Sed totæ tres personæ coæternæ sibi sunt, et coæquales.
  27. So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
    Ita, ut per omnia, sicut jam supra dictum est: et Unitas in Trinitate, et Trinitas in Unitate, venerenda sit.
  28. He therefore that will be saved must [let him] thus think of the Trinity.
    Qui vult ergo salvus esse, ita de Trinitate sentiat.
  29. Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Sed necessarium est ad æternam salutem: ut incarnationem quoque Domini nostri Jesu Christi fideliter credat.
  30. For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man;
    Est ergo fides recta, ut credamus et confiteamur: quod Dominus noster Jesus Christus Dei Filius, Deus [pariter] et homo est;
  31. God, of the Substance [Essence] of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the Substance [Essence] of his Mother, born in the world;
    Deus [est] ex substantia Patris, ante secula genitus: et homo ex substantia matris, in seculo natus.
  32. Perfect God and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting;
    Perfectus Deus: perfectus homo, ex anima rationali et humana carne subsistens.
  33. Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the Father, as touching his Manhood.
    Aequalis Patri secundum divinitatem: minor Patre secundum humanitatem.
  34. Who although he be [is] God and Man, yet he is not two, but one Christ;
    Qui licet Deus sit et homo; non duo tamen, sed unus est Christus.
  35. One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking assumption of the Manhood into God;
    Unus autem, non conversione divinitatis in carnem: sed assumptione humanitatis in Deum.
  36. One altogether, not by confusion of Substance [Essence], but by unity of Person.
    Unus omnino; non confusione substantiæ: sed unitate personæ.
  37. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ;
    Nam sicut anima rationalis et caro unus est homo: ita Deus et homo unus est Christus.
  38. Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell [Hades, spirit-world], rose again the third day from the dead.
    Qui passus est pro nostra salute: descendit ad inferos: tertia die resurrexit a mortuis.
  39. He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God [God the Father] Almighty,
    Ascendit ad [in] cœlos: sedet ad dexteram [Dei] Patris [omnipotentis].
  40. From whence [thence] he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
    Inde venturus [est] judicare vivos et mortuos.
  41. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies
    Ad cujus adventum omnes homines resurgere habent cum corporibus suis;
  42. And shall give account for their own works.
    Et reddituri sunt de factis propriis rationem.
  43. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting, and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.
    Et qui bona egerunt, ibunt in vitam æternam: qui vero mala, in ignem æternum.
  44. This is the Catholic Faith, which except a man believe faithfully [truly and firmly], he cannot be saved.
    Hæc est fides catholicæ: quam nisi quisque fideliter firmiterque crediderit, salvus esse non poterit.

Again, let’s remember that even when the “Mystery of the Trinity” is the same in the actual Church, the Mormon answer to that mystery is : “The Trinity is One in PURPOSE”. But any scholar in UofU or BYU, even Nibley will recognize that that statement is not accurate, specially if as true investigators and faithful to Jospeh Smit’s teachings realize and recognize all the proof about statement made by Joseph and Brigham Young about the Trinity, statements way “incomprehensible” than the other Christians Churches. Does the Apostles actually deny the evidence?

Acording to the Mormon theology, God was the Christ in His probationary state (when God wasn’t a god yet) according to Jesus’ statement that he was doing what he saw the Father did. So that means that God the Eternal Father was the Christ in His probationary world. Then the Eternal Progression plan traced by modern authorities must be checked, or in other case revealed to the world, the statement that when we die if we were saints and hollies we will became INMEDIATELLY God, is not the total account. If Jesus (Jehova) was already the (and a) God of THIS world that mean He is already to repeat the human history in His own world, so His Christ will do what he will See what his Father did. But what about the other Gods? What Joseph Smith, Moroni and Abraham’s Christs will do? If they do what this Christ will see what their Father did, then thats not the Christ mission. Here is when crazy and denied “theories” start to make sense and illuminate the path answering questions, questions we never will hear be preached in the holy pulpit in a General Conference Worldwide.

Again, we should be most interesting in preaching about who we Mormons are instead of simply use a milligram of energy to critic, mock and preaching wrongly about other denominations.

LDS Welfare cooperating with the CRS

Posted by: edain | October 6, 2007

Tenemos Apóstol… (y Consejero)

La vacante dejada luego del fallecimiento del Presidente Faust ha sido llenada.

Elder Quentin L. CookEl nuevo miembro del Quórum de los Doce es el Élder Quentin L. Cook, quien ha estado supervisando el programa misional de la iglesia a nivel mundial, respondiendo directamente al Quórum de los Doce. Mientras servía en esa posición, era miembro del Primer Quórum de los Setenta. Élder Cook también ha servido como líder de la iglesia en las Filipinas, por todo el Pacífico y al noreste de los Estados Unidos.
Quentin L. Cook

Fué sostenido en el Segundo Quórum de los Sesenta el 6 de Abril de 1996 a la edad de 55 años. Sostenido en el Primer Quórum de los Setenta el 5 de Abril de 1998. Ex autoridad de área en el Área Oeste de Norte América, representante regional, presidente de estaca y consejero y obispo. Ex socio administrativo una firma de abogados en el área de la Bahía de San Francisco y presidente y CEO del sistema de asistencia médica. Recibió un grado d ebachiller de la Universidad del Estado de Utah y un doctorado de la Universidad de Stanford. Nació el 8 de Septiembre de 1940, en Logan, Utah, sus padres J. Vernon y Bernice Kimball Cook. Su esposa, Mary Gaddie Cook; padres de tres hijos.

Elder Henry B. EyringAl mismo tiempo, Henry B. Eyring ha sido llamado para servir como Segundo Consejero en la Primera Presidencia. Ha servido dos veces como Comisionado de la Educación de la Iglesia y en varios concilios de la iglesia antes de llegar a ser un Apóstol en 1995. Posee un grado de Bachiller en Ciencias en física de la Universidad de Utah y un masterado de Negocios Administrativos y un grado como Doctor en Administración de Negocios de la Universidad de Harvard. También ha servido como presidente de Ricks College, actual Universidad Brigham Young -Idaho, en 1971-77. Su biografía se encuentra en lds.org

Fuentes:
General Conference 177 Saturday Morning Session
Deseret News

Elder Quentin L. Cook
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