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Elder Cook: 'In tune to the music of faith'

Wherever they are on the path of discipleship in Lehi's vision, Church members should "resolve to awaken within them and their families a greater desire to claim the Savior's incomprehensible gift of eternal life," said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve.

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

"I pray that we will stay in tune to the music of faith," he said.

Speaking Saturday afternoon, Elder Cook said he and other General Authorities have witnessed how Latter-day Saints all over the world are a force for good. Church leaders also recognize that many individuals "are not in tune to sacred things."

Elder Cook said Lehi's prophetic dream of the tree of life (1 Nephi 8) "starkly describes the challenges to faith that exist in our day and the great divide between those who love, worship and feel accountable to God and those who do not."

He then directed his remarks to members who love the Lord and His gospel and continuously try to live and share His messages, especially with their families. "You are in harmony with the promptings of the Spirit, awaken to the power of God's word, have religious observance in your homes, and diligently try to live Christlike lives as His disciples."

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

However, he added, there are many members who are less interested and less faithful to some of the Savior's teachings. "Our desire is for these members to awaken fully to faith and increase their activity and commitment. God loves all His children. ... He desires everyone to be in tune with the sacred music of faith."

Elder Cook said while Lehi's vision includes all people, the culminating doctrinal concept is the eternal significance of the family.

"Our great desire is to raise our children in truth and righteousness."

Religious observance in the home blesses families, he explained. "Example is particularly important. What we are speaks so loudly that our children may not hear what we say."

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

The message, ministry and Atonement of Jesus Christ is essential family curriculum, he said.

One of the underlying premises of Lehi's vision is that faithful Church members must hold fast to the rod of iron to keep them on the strait and narrow path leading to the tree of life, he said. "It is essential for members to read, ponder, and study the scriptures. The Book of Mormon is of seminal importance."

Elder Cook said a testimony of the restored gospel must be based on faith rather than external or scientific proof. "In addition, when we inculcate into our lives scriptural imperative and live the gospel, we are blessed by the Spirit and taste of His goodness with feelings of joy, happiness and especially peace."

He said a dividing line between those "who hear the music of faith and those who are tone deaf or off key" is the active study of the scriptures. "We know that family scripture study and family home evenings are not always perfect. Regardless of the challenges you face, do not become discouraged."

Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and keeping His commandments is and always will be the defining test of mortality, Elder Cook said.

"Our doctrine is clear; we are to be positive and of good cheer. We emphasize our faith, not our fears. We rejoice in the Lord's assurance that He will stand by us and give us guidance and direction."

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