General Authorities and General Officers

Sister Mary N. Cook

First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency 2008-2013

Prior to her call as first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, Mary N. Cook served as second counselor in the presidency and as a member of the Young Women general board.

Sister Cook accompanied her husband, Elder Richard E. Cook, a former member of the Seventy, when he was called to preside over a newly created Mongolian mission where they had served as full-time missionaries. Later she accompanied her husband to Hong Kong, where he served in the Asia Area Presidency. She helped train young women and Young Women leaders in Mongolia and other parts of Asia.

Professionally, Sister Cook was a special education teacher and administrator and an elementary school principal. She received bachelor's and master's degrees in speech pathology and audiology and an EdS degree from Brigham Young University.

When she married Elder Cook in 1988, she became a stepmother to four children; Elder Cook's first wife passed away in 1984. She is now the step-grandmother of 17 grandchildren.

General conference talks

When You Save a Girl, You Save GenerationsApril 2013 General Conference

Seek Learning: You Have a Work to DoApril 2012 General Conference

“Remember This: Kindness Begins with Me”April 2011 General Conference

Be an Example of the BelieversOctober 2010 General Conference

Never, Never, Never Give Up!April 2010 General Conference

A Virtuous Life—Step by StepApril 2009 General Conference

Anchors of TestimonyApril 2008 General Conference

Strengthen Home and FamilyOctober 2007 General Conference

All General Conference talks by Mary N. Cook

Full Name Mary N. Cook


Place of Birth Salt Lake City, Utah, United States