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Matthew Cowley

Information regarding Matthew Cowley

  • Apostle number:  72
  • Quorum of the Twelve number:  65
  • Date of birth:  August 2, 1897
  • Place of birth:  Preston, Franklin County, Idaho
  • Date of apostolic ordination:  November 11, 1945
  • Age when ordained apostle:  48 years 2 months
  • End of apostolic service:  December 13, 1953
  • Total apostolic years:  8 years 2 months
  • Date called into the Quorum of the Twelve:  November 11, 1945
  • Tenure in the Quorum of the Twelve:   8 years 2 months
  • Date of death:  December 13, 1953
  • Age at death:  56 years 4 months
  • Place of death:  Los Angeles, California
  • Remarks:  Died suddenly of a heart attack just 2 days after attending the dedication of the Los Angeles Temple.  He was revered by the Polynesian people for his faithful service to the islands of the sea over many years.  He was the son of Matthias F. Cowley, also a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.
  • Inspirational quotes:  “The Lord will judge us by what we become, not by what we were.  Repentance makes that possible.”  “Every time you reach for food, ask yourself this question:  will this cleanse me or clog me?”

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