Top Leadership Does Not Reflect Diversity of Church Membership

KCPW News, Utah/October 8, 2007

Members of the LDS Church are increasingly diverse, but that diversity is not yet reflected in the top leadership of the Church. The newest member of the LDS Quorum of the Apostles - a Logan native - says thirty years of church service in California gave him experience working with ethnic communities.

"During that period we had two Spanish branches, two Tongan branches, a Samoan language unit, a Philippino-Tagalog unit, a Mandarin Chinese unit, and my life has been significantly spent with people outside of Utah who I love dearly," says Elder Quentin L. Cook.

Cook also served for several years as an LDS official in the Philippines and the Pacific Islands. Most recently he led the Church's worldwide missionary program. Cook was called Saturday as a member of the LDS Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. A junior apostle, Henry B. Eyring, was elevated to become the third member of the LDS First Presidency - a triumvirate led by Gordon B. Hinckley, whom Mormons revere as a living prophet. Eyring fills the spot vacated by the recent passing of James E. Faust.

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