A special devotional for young single adults in the Cebu City area held on Nov. 13 preceded kicked off Elder Cook's activities for the following days. The devotional, attended by young single adults from five stakes, centered on the challenges encountered by young people as they pursue their education, prepare to serve a mission and choose their future companion and career paths. Elder Cook provided the opportunity for local leaders, as well as Elder Gonzalez and Bishop McMullin, to share thoughts and insights before he spoke. 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 listeners 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 Nov. 14 involved 12 stake presidencies, 71 bishops and 14 branch presidents from the Cebu and Bacolod missions. He also presided over the seminar for the 15 mission presidents currently serving in the Philippines Area.
Elder Cook addressed members of the Members of the Cebu City Philippines Stake were given the rare privilege of hearing a message from Elder Cook during a special conference on Sunday, Nov. 15. The choir's rendition of "I Stand All Amazed" created a sweet spirit for those in attendance.