The initiation of Elder Quentin L. Cook to the missionary work started when he was just a child. Around the age of seven, his mom sent him a replica of his great-grandfather ‘s biography, President Heber C. Kimball.
Elder Cook shared some lessons he learned from his great-grandfather ‘s experience at the 2020 Mission Leadership Seminar, and shared ways missionaries today will “build the Church,”
“When missionaries become part of a mission team, where every success belongs to the Lord because He established His Church, then the entire mission is blessed. When this occurs, missionaries are in tune with the Spirit.”
Elder Kimball was one of the first missionaries to preach the gospel in England and is acknowledged by the Church as the first full-time mission president. When the call came from the Prophet Joseph Smith, Elder Kimball recorded, “As soon as I understood the will of my Heavenly Father, I felt a determination to go to all perils, believing that He would support me with His all-powerful power. And although my family was dear to me, and I was supposed to leave them almost destitute, I felt that the cause of the truth, the Gospel of Christ, overcame every other consideration”.
He shared this with the mission president and explained the “simple and profound” call of mission presidents and missionaries: “You shall build up my Church.”
One of the ways missionaries “build up the Church” is by building up themselves.
“A missionary is his or her first and most important convert,” Elder Cook said. “The role that you mission leaders play in helping each individual missionary obtain a permanent, lifelong conversion is beyond the ability of words to describe.”