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Gene R. Cook
Full name Gene Raymond Cook
Born September 1, 1941 (1941-09-01) (age 68)
Place of birth Lehi, Utah
LDS Church General Authority
First Council of the Seventy
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
Start of term October 3, 1975 (aged 34)
End of term October 1, 1976 (aged 35)
End reason Position abolished
First Quorum of the Seventy
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
Start of term October 1, 1976 (aged 35)
End of term October 6, 2007 (aged 66)
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Emeritus General Authority
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
Start of term October 6, 2007 (aged 66)

Gene Raymond Cook (born 1 September 1941) is anemeritus general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).


Cook was born in Lehi, Utah and raised mostly in Arizona. He served an LDS Church mission in the ParaguayUruguay Mission of the church (with J. Thomas Fyans as his mission president) and is fluent in Spanish. Upon his return to the United States, he married Janelle Schlink in the Mesa Arizona Temple. He served as president of local seventies quorum. When his family was young he moved to Bountiful, Utah, where he worked for the church as secretary to the First Council of the Seventy.

At the age of 34, Cook became a member of the First Council of the Seventy. He served there for only one year, when he was transferred to the newly constituted First Quorum of the Seventy. He has since served as a mission president as well. He was given general authority emeritus status on October 6, 2007.

Cook has written books dealing mostly with families and faith and is a regular speaker at church schools. He and his wife are the parents of eight children and reside in Lehi, Utah.


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