Gene R. Cook
Gene R. Cook is an emeritus general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was called to the First Council of the Seventy on October 3, 1975 and served until October 1, 1976. The council was reorganized into the First Quorum of the Seventy and he was called to that quorum on October 1, 1976. He served until he was designated emeritus status on October 6, 2007.
Cook was born on September 1, 1941, in Lehi, Utah. He was reared primarily in Arizona and earned his MBA from Arizona State University. He married Janelle Schlink in the Mesa Arizona Temple and they are the parents of eight children.
He served a mission to Uruguay and Paraguay and later served as president of the Uruguay-Paraguay Mission. He also served as a regional representative. After a career in insurance, he felt to move to Utah where he worked for the Church Personnel Department. He also worked as executive secretary to the Missionary Executive Committee and the First Council of the Seventy.
He is the author of several books, including Raising Up a Family to the Lord, Teaching by the Spirit, Receiving Answers to Our Prayers, and Searching the Scriptures.