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Hi I'm Newell Cook

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired sheet metal worker, a father, grandfather, and great grandfather. One of my earliest sheet metal jobs was sautering gas tanks for Jeeps during WWII. I have five children. I lost my wife of forty-six years in 1992 . I did not know if I would survive. It was a very difficult time. I later remarried and now have a blended family of nine children, 32 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren. I enjoy farming and gardening. I also enjoy auto repair and repairing my tractor and other equipment. I enjoy watching the deer on our property and try to make sure that they have plenty to eat. When I plant corn in the back field, I plant enough for the crows, racoons, squirrels and deer. Most of all, I love being with my family. I have family in Georgia, South Carolina, Utah, Oklahoma, and Alaska. I love being with them. They are the most important part of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was reared in the church by very faithful parents. They were good examples to me, but I had to read and study the scriptures for myself. To me the scriptures more nearly matched the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I had to get my very own testimony that the church was true. I would take my scriptures out into the woods or the pastures and study for hours. I know for myself through study and prayer that the church is true. The church is completely family oriented and I am completely family oriented. It's all about families. The church helped me so much in the rearing of my children. I would not want to rear a family without it.

How I live my faith

My wife and I try to study the scriptures daily and have family prayer morning and night. We attend church every Sunday, and try to attend the Atlanta Temple often. I try to listen to the Holy Spirit. I want to be able to keep my family safe. This was one of my major concerns sixty years ago, and it is now even a greater and more urgent concern. Keeping the commandments and listening to the spirit are good ways to keep our families safe. In the early 1960's I worked in the scouting program. I had the opportunity to take my four yr. old son with me. We did a twenty mile hike on Red Top Mountain north of Marietta, Ga., along with the entire troop. It is one of my fondest memories. I also remember allowing my son, Billy, to help me work on my vehicles. I would let him take parts off the car and put them back when he was very young. Actually, sometimes, I would have to put the parts back into place if he got too tired or bored with the project. It is so important to include family members in your activities and to teach them. Now that I am older, Billy is able not only to repair his own vehicles, but mine as well. I stayed up many nights waiting for my daughters to return from their dates and lending a listening ear when they wanted to talk about the date or about life in general. Even when I had to get up early the next day, those experiences one on one with my children were more important. My family and I always had a large garden and we worked together planting, weeding, harvesting and preserving our food. We would often have one hundred quarts of each of the vegetables we grew. We were very self sufficient in those days. If they have to do this again, my children know something of how it is done. We promote and support family reunions and get together often on holidays. Sometimes we have large family home evenings to focus on a particular subject. Keeping our family close is a priority.