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5 Fun Facts about Elder Cook

1. Elder Cook is the great-great-grandson of apostle Heber C. Kimball, and great-grandson of David Patten Kimball, who helped carry members of the Martin Handcart Company across the Sweetwater River.

2. At age 16, he got to represent Utah at a national debate event, and there he met current and future U.S. presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford.

5 Fun Facts about Elder Cook

We don't have a picture of that, but here he is with First Lady Michelle Obama when she visited Church HQ in 2008.

3. He served a mission to the British Isles and was mission companions with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.

4. He has known his wife, Mary, since junior high, where he was student-body president and she was student-body vice president. They were married in the Logan Utah Temple on November 30, 1962.

5 Fun Facts about Elder Cook

5. He was the executive director of the Church Missionary Department, and played a crucial role in the rescue of four missionaries who were abducted in Nigeria in 2007.