Latter-day Saint Life

Elder Cook Shares 2 Special Gifts Leaders Can Give Their Missionaries and the Importance of True Conversion


"We need to follow the Spirit and focus on individual people instead of baptism numbers," Elder Quentin L. Cook told mission leaders. "Please remember that missions baptize—not individual missionaries. Make sure that those who find, those who teach, and those who baptize a convert share the experience together." And to help make that happen, Elder Cook invited leaders to help give missionaries two gifts.

Mission leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can bestow two special gifts upon missionaries — “to fully understand their purpose as missionaries and to learn how to plan to achieve this purpose,” said Elder Quentin L. Cook on June 25.

“These gifts will not only bless them during their mission but will also bless them throughout their lives long after they have completed a mission under your leadership,” said Elder Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “These gifts will make them better husbands and wives, parents, neighbors, Church leaders, employers, employees, and people.”

Speaking to 164 couples attending the 2019 New Mission Leadership Seminar held at the Provo Missionary Training Center, Elder Cook addressed the topic, “Purpose and Planning.”

Story by Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News; photo from Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
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