A Temple Coincidence
This is a recent excerpt from man's journal who met Elder McCook last month while visiting the area that he served in a long time ago. He lives here in the valley. ---
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On Friday, we went to the Temple to do initiatories. My wife was going to do the work for my recently departed Aunt Yvonne who we knew well and was never active in the church. However, the line in that part of the Temple was too long…over an hour wait. We decided to do sealing instead. Yvonne can wait another week.
During the sealing session, one of the couples was quite young…in their twenties. I heard their name and wondered where I had heard it before. I began to wonder if that was the name of the Elder I forgot. The man sorta looked like this Elder. So at the end of the session, I inquired. Sure enough. This was Elder McCook’s brother!! I was able to give him the report and told him to tell his parents that their missionary was off to a good start. My conscience was soothed.
Are there any coincidences?"
Excerpts from Elder McCook's Mormon Profile
I love my family, friends, music and my religion. I'm currently serving a mission in
I am from
As most people of this Church, I was born a member. I am thankful to God for this, as I've been given a fullness of the knowledge of the gospel to help me in times of difficulty as well as times of joy. Many people ask if I've been born a member, and the apparent answer is 'yes', but the real answer is that "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God," (1 John 5:1) and in the words of the Savior himself that "Except a man be born of the water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). So was I born into a family that taught the principles of our Church and was lovingly guided by parents who knew the gospel of Jesus Christ? Answer: Yes. But there are two life events at which I was tested to see if my individual soul accepted this. It was being baptized, and deciding to serve a mission for two years. I had to really decide if I was to be born of God and accept the atonement of Jesus Christ. It was a trial of faith. As I exercised faith, and repented or re-turned towards God and applied the principles given in the Book of Mormon, and felt the converting power of the Holy Ghost, I came to a knowledge of the truth, because by the power of the Holy Ghost, you and I and all of us may know the truth of all things. I came to a realization that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints the Lord's kingdom once again established on the earth. None other power than the Holy Ghost can convince me of this. I would invite all to take up this invitation to read the Book of Mormon, for in it contains the words of God given for our day, and is a sure witness of Christ's reality and divinity. It will truly bring you and I closer to God.
I live my faith right now by going out and knocking doors and talking to people a few hours out of the day, strengthening those who have fallen from the truth, and essentially inviting others to come unto Christ. I have decided to do this for 2 years as a missionary because of my knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel and the joyfulness it can bring everyone.
I've also previously had opportunities to serve in priesthood capacities, home teaching, which is visiting people in the Church and uplifting them, and as a primary teacher, or teacher for children under the age of 12. I love opportunities to serve.