Monday, November 26, 2018

Elder Quentin L. Cook on living according to our true beliefs

Elder Quentin L. Cook (b. September 8, 1940) was called as a Seventy in 1996, then as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 2007.
"Act in accordance with your true beliefs by spending your time on those things that will build and develop your character and help you become more Christlike. I hope none of you see life as primarily fun and games but rather as a time 'to prepare to meet God' (Alma 34:32)....
"Please ponder and be proactive in choosing how you use your time....
"I am not talking about wearing your religion on your sleeve or being superficially faithful. That can be embarrassing to you and the Church. I am talking about you becoming what you ought to be."
- Quentin L. Cook, "What E’er Thou Art, Act Well Thy Part: Avoid Wearing Masks That Hide Identity," CES devotional, BYU-Idaho, March 4, 2012
Click here to read or listen to the full talk

Elder Cook was speaking to a worldwide audience of young adults in this devotional address broadcast from BYU-Idaho. He warned them of many of the challenges of our times, including the anonymity that often encourages inappropriate behavior in social media and other environments. He warned about hiding our true identity, or pretending to be something other than what we really know to be right. Wise counsel; I have seen a number of challenges and serious problems that resulted from this kind of behavior.

How we choose to spend our time is critical to our progress in life as we strive to follow the Savior:

Another of the challenges of our time is the temptation to be constantly entertained, and Elder Cook helps to warn of the proper approach to life. We should focus efforts on becoming true disciples, choosing wisely, and developing the characteristics that will bring eternal joy.

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2018)

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