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Elder Cook, Historians Tackle Tough Questions About Latter-day Saint History


“In learning more, we will bind our hearts together with saints of yesterday and today. We will find examples of imperfect people who went forward with faith and allowed God to work through them to accomplish his work.” —Elder Quentin L. Cook

For in-depth answers about polygamy in the early days of the Church, historical transparency, multiple accounts of the First Vision, and more provided at the "Face to Face" event, click here.

Standing at the foot of the Nauvoo Illinois Temple and with the Mississippi River in full view, a senior leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints answered significant — and sometimes controversial — questions of church history Sunday evening.

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles assured young adults that the church is not hiding aspects of its 188-year-old history.

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Joined by church historians Kate Holbrook and Matt Grow in a worldwide “Face to Face” broadcast, Elder Cook spoke about polygamy, the methods Joseph Smith used to translate the Book of Mormon, and the differing accounts of Joseph Smith’s first vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ.

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“Church history can be a significant source of faith,” Elder Cook said. 

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