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Elder Cook's Testimony

posted Mar 06, 2017 15:49:38 by RyanAllen
Elder Quentin L. Cook spoke in my sister's stake in Layton last week. I thought I would share a few of her notes.

He was talking about spiritual experiences in the temple and how they (the 12) need to be more bold in their witness of Jesus Christ. Elder Cook said, "I know the Savior's face and I know His Voice." Then he bore his apostolic witness that Christ leads and guides us. We need Zion in our hearts and homes to overcome the evils of this world. To do this we need to be unified families in hearts & home. He said as you love the Savior the love will transfer to your home and family. Find joy in the gospel. May the gospel be a delight. You will see immediate answers to your problems. This was part of a blessing that he bestowed upon the congregation. It was very powerful.
He also said, "we do not know when the Savior will come again, but all the evils are present on the earth today."
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JoAnHancockFinter said Mar 06, 2017 16:21:29
Wow! To know His face and His voice....This is beautiful!
David.Clark said Mar 06, 2017 18:08:27
Just what I needed to see! Thank you!
Formerly known as Alabama LDS
LisaHarper said Mar 06, 2017 18:22:49
How beautiful! Thank you for sharing. They probably feel the need to be more bold as the Saints will definitely need it during the coming times. In my Stake here in the UK they are dropping like flies. It's really sad to see and so I rejoice to hear the voices of our leaders, especially when they are so bold.
LoryVanValkenbur said Mar 06, 2017 19:03:48
Thanks Ryan.
JulieK said Mar 06, 2017 19:51:10
That is wonderful to hear of his special witness of Christ.

I wonder if as the Apostles of the Lord become more bold, if the adversary will also increase in his boldness and persecution against leadership of Christ's Church. There is the compensatory principle to keep things in balance. I suggest that we will witness an increase in the prophesied persecution.
RyanAllen said Mar 06, 2017 20:08:55
I thought about something Mike Stroud said at our dinner meeting. He said that over the past few years many who have had sacred experiences are being prompted to share them, whereas in previous years they had kept these experiences to themselves. Perhaps that is what we will see from church leadership going forward.

@JulieK, as the boldness of leaders increases, you can be guaranteed that persecution will follow. I feel like things are about to get ugly in this regard.
AliciaBlickfeldt said Mar 06, 2017 20:51:43
If I remember correctly, President Eyring gave a pretty stirring testimony of Christ on Sunday during the Face to Face broadcast. I would LOVE it if they would speak more boldly about Him! That would just encourage others to share more and more, and then the rest of us to seek His face even harder!
BonnieJensen said Mar 07, 2017 01:40:13
In about 2012-13 Elder Eyering wrote an article in the ensign where he bore his testimony saying something like "I know Christ suffered for our sins in Gethsemane as surely as if I had stood there and watched myself." It felt very powerful and bold. I believe he was telling us he had had his face to face with the Savior! But still we need eyes to see and ears to hear. I'm pretty convinced that most if not all the apostles have seen His face. They ARE special witnesses! I definitely feel the spirit when they bear their testimonies, but so far the rest of the world does not, I'm not sure the general public ever will. Don't think that will be the source of the persecutions.
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Sarah Hunter said Mar 07, 2017 02:28:58

Thanks for sharing

JeffreyHenderson said Mar 11, 2017 18:29:55
I have pondered this for some time. When will the brethren get more bold, and when will the persecution begin? I agree the principle of opposition will be at play here. Imagine a scenario where people's lives are being threatened if they don't deny the Christ. And there are some who bear witness of his literal resurrection, that they've seen and spoken with him. Emboldened by this, others begin to testify of the same experience. Those who were on shakey ground - would increase in faith. Those who were threatening others would grow more and more angry (though some might repent). I have often thought of how having so many witnesses would impact others. I would love to help in that regard. The price we pay to gain that knowledge would be so worth it. I think of Alma who could not be shaken by some of the anti-Christs who were preaching - because they had conversed with Angels, etc. It would be amazing to have that kind of unshaken faith and power.
JeffreyHenderson said Mar 11, 2017 18:38:31
Incidentally, last week in HP Group (I was with the youth so was not there), the lesson was on Calling and Election. We are in a fantastic ward with our current Stake President (who was in the room), many former Stake Presidents, Bishops, Temple Presidents, Temple Presidency counselors, a former area 70, etc. Apparently, about half way through the lesson, one individual for whom I have great love and respect (and always will), kind of got negative and said something to the effect of, "brethren... we don't need to be discussing these deep doctrines... etc." With the church being mostly Aaronic in nature, world-wide, etc.... we really have zero'd in on the basics (or "lesser portion of the word") and drifted far from these beautiful and transcendent truths and doctrines. It is a shame.

I'm not sure what I would have said, had I been there. I would have felt the need to call people to repentance for not understanding the COMMANDMENT to "search these things," and even "seek the face of the Lord, Always." But, I realize it is what it is and I'm SO grateful that these doctrines and truths are on my radar and I am trying to cast out my own unbelief. So grateful for those of you who have helped bring this more into focus and help me believe I can obtain one day. At least I have that to strive for.
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