Elder Gong, a newly called member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, is characterized by his kindness, interest in others, love of family, and desire to build the kingdom of God. Every member of the Gong family had a special role in the project, from creating the sketch to mixing the paint to organizing the children. Dear Elder Gong, This past May, you and your wife Susan, spoke at BYU’s women’s conference. We know covenants are binding and eternal only by mutual consent of the parties affected, and when confirmed by a merciful Heaven’s manifestation of the Holy Ghost which the scriptures describe as the Holy Spirit of promise. The Church News is an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Speaking in the Marriott Center on the Brigham Young University campus, Elder Gong spoke with his wife, Sister Susan Gong. You feel the love and prayers of those sitting in front of you — and the love and prayers of those sitting behind you.”. The Holy Ghost will help us know how.”. Contributed By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News editor. 19.9k Likes, 125 Comments - Gerrit W. Gong (@gerritwgong) on Instagram: “I experienced true “southern hospitality” recently as I visited Louisville, Kentucky; the Fort Knox…” The couple hosts “grandkids camp” every summer, which includes crafts and adventures, and loves to travel with their sons. Unless the couple stood face to face, it was hard for Sister Gong to hear her husband talk. Gerrit was named after Gerrit de Jongbecause his mother had lived with de Jong and his family while she was a student at BYU. Recognizing the large congregation in front of him — in addition to those tuning in via broadcast on LDS.org — Elder Gong said, “This feels a little like speaking at general conference. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KIFI/KIDK) - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday Elder Gerrit W.Gong and his wife have tested positive with COVID-19. Elder Gerrit W. Gong and his wife, Sister Susan L. Gong, speak at the closing session of BYU’s Women’s Conference on May 4, 2018. Credit: Savanna Richardson, BYU Photo, BYU Photo. “We were grateful others were excited for children to have creative opportunities.” BYU President Kevin J Worthen and his wife, Peggy, listen as Elder Gerrit W. Gong, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church, and his wife, Sister Susan Gong, speak at the BYU Women’s Conference at the Marriott Center in Provo on Friday, May 4, 2018. “We’ve always been struck by the enthusiasm and skill of children who come together to beautify their environment,” Elder Gong said. “There may be some truth in the children’s song ‘Let It Go’ — if ‘let it go’ means ‘let go’ of self-imposed worldly expectations that can never satisfy, and if it also means ‘hold on’ to the God-given heavenly hopes and promises the Lord offers.”. Updated: October 16, 2020. Elder and Sister Gong said it was wonderful to join members from across the world for general conference, to sustain President Russell M. Nelson and the First Presidency, and “to witness continuing revelation bless the members of the Church in all their many circumstances.” Photo courtesy of the Gong family. The apostle said “covenant belonging” creates a connection to others and to God and Jesus Christ. “Having felt our fear, our want, our loneliness, our hunger, our hurt, He responds to our specific need. Photo courtesy of the Gong family. Among his achievements in life, Elder Gerrit W. Gong was a Rhodes Scholar, worked in high-level positions at the U.S. State Department and for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and, for the past nine years, has been assistant to the president for planning and assessment at Brigham Young University. As someone interested in the photographic impact of light, color, composition, and moment, Elder Gong imagines the children—and others like them in Nepal, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Utah—enjoying the space. Elder Gong was with Elder Quentin L. Cook and Elder Gary E. Stevenson in Vietnam when the Church received official recognition. He said they have had an opportunity to “weep together and pray together.” Visits from Dallin H. Oaks, his wife, Kristen & Elder Gerrit W. Gong, his wife Susan Tuesday, May 30 We had a wonderful mission conference/tour for our missionaries, with Elder Dallin H. Oaks and his wife, Elder Gerrit W. Gong and his wife, Elder Choi Yoon Hwan and his wife Sister Koo Bon?, and Elder Jung Tae Gul (area Seventy). Just a month after his call to the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Gong spoke of the motivations of “covenant belonging” as he addressed thousands of women during the concluding keynote address of the annual BYU Women’s Conference. But if you would indulge me for a moment, I want to focus on one area of very specific, personal appreciation: the marriage of Elder Gerrit Gong, as an Asian-American man, to his wife Susan Gong, a white woman. Members of Elder Gerrit W. Gong’s family stand in front of a mural project with the children who assisted them in Vietnam. Elder Gerrit W. Gong, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church, greets Peggy Hodson, of Santa Barbara, Calif., after Gong spoke at the BYU Women’s Conference at the Marriott Center in Provo on Friday, May 4, 2018. Sister Sharon Eubank and Sister Reyna Aburto of the Relief Society general presidency speak in the Marriott Center during BYU Women’s Conference on May 3, 2018. Attendees walk across BYU campus in Provo, Utah, during the annual BYU Women’s Conference held May 3-4, 2018. There is comfort, peace, and hope in the Lord’s assurance that worthy individuals will receive all promised blessings.”, “Covenant belonging” fits well with the call to minster announced by President Russell M. Nelson in the last general conference, as “covenant belonging” means to help others by “strengthening one another in His love.”. Elder Gong, the oldest of three children, inherited his parents’ love for learning. Sister Gong is a “compulsive gardener” who loves to cook and “bring people together.” She has authored Chinese language children’s readers and was the first coordinator for Utah’s Chinese language dual-immersion program. “Susan is other-oriented and down-to-earth wherever she is,” said Elder Gong. Elder Gerrit W. Gong, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church, and his wife, Sister Susan Gong, left, are introduced before speaking at the BYU Women’s Conference at the Marriott Center in Provo on Friday, May 4, 2018. Latter-day Saints across the globe sustained Elder Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares as Apostles during the Saturday morning session of general conference on March 31. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because of what we’ve learned here we will be different, better.”, In light of the changes from “visiting teaching” to “ministering in a higher and holier way,” Sister Gong shared three observations about “what it might mean to love as Jesus loves.”. Both Elder and Sister Gong served as full-time missionaries in Taiwan; the couple married in January 1980 in the Salt Lake Temple. “Ours is a worldwide Church. On November 17, 2019, Elder Gerrit W. Gong and three general officers answered questions about the Children and Youth program. Elder Gerrit W. Gong, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church, greets Ann Madsen, of Provo, after Gong spoke at the BYU Women’s Conference at the Marriott Center in Provo on Friday, May 4, 2018. Attendees listen as Elder Gerrit W. Gong, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church, and his wife, Sister Susan Gong, speak at the BYU Women’s Conference at the Marriott Center in Provo on Friday, May 4, 2018. It was a sacred time we will all cherish. Elder Gerrit W. Gong, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church, greets Mariama Olayemi, of Sierra Leone and now living in Salt Lake City, after Gong spoke at the BYU Women’s Conference at the Marriott Center in Provo on Friday, May 4, 2018. Credit: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News, Deseret News. From left, Sister Lisa L. Harkness, Sister Joy D. Jones, and Sister Cristina B. Franco of the Primary general presidency speak in the Marriott Center at BYU during Women’s Conference on May 4. Credit: Jaren Wilkey, BYU Photo, BYU Photo. Elder and Sister Gong said they have also felt the outpouring of support from members throughout the world. “Once ordained they joined the growing circle of priesthood power.”. “Ours is a worldwide Church,” said Elder Gong. “Covenant belonging is to keep the faith,” he said. Elder Gerrit W. Gong is a member of the Presidency of the Seventy. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. “I don’t know how it came to us; it just did,” said Sister Susan Gong. In a message shared on his social media accounts, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Susan, shared that they have successfully completed quarantine and expressed their appreciation for the outpouring of love and support from people around the world after the couple was diagnosed with COVID-19 in early October. A former bishop and stake president, Elder Gong has served as a General Authority since 2010 and in that capacity has seen the Church grow and develop across the world. “One day in frustration Gerrit said, ‘Sweetheart, when we’re next in Salt Lake City will you please have your hearing checked?’ ”. Elder Gong spoke of the importance of being still and deepening our relationship with God. “After the meeting we entered a large room, where on chairs on three sides of the room priesthood leaders were ordained one by one,” recalled Sister Gong. Sister Reyna Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, speaks at the Marriott Center at BYU Women’s Conference on May 3, 2018. “Compassion is at the heart of Christ’s parables: the parable of the debtor, the Good Samaritan, the father of the prodigal son,” she said. “I spent part of the weekend looking for synonyms for ‘overwhelming’ because ‘overwhelming’ doesn’t seem to cover it,” said Sister Gong. Elder Gerrit W. Gong, newly sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife, Sister Susan Gong, in Salt Lake City. He and his wife, Susan Lindsay Gong, are the parents of four children and have three grandchildren. “Meant to be eternal, our covenants include God our eternal Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Attendees take a break on the BYU campus in Provo, Utah, during the annual BYU Women’s Conference held May 3-4, 2018. Elder Gerrit W. Gong, along with his wife Susan Gong, invited 100 young adults from two countries and 14 states to participate in a virtual discussion prior ... English (US) Español SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KIFI/KIDK) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday Elder Gerrit W.Gong and his wife have tested positive with COVID-19. Elder Gerrit W. Gong, the first Asian-American Apostle, is a faithful lifelong Church member. Sister Susan Gong, wife of Elder Gerrit W. Gong, speaks during a worldwide devotional for young adults on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. Credit: Screenshot YouTube “It’s hard to see how these bits of color will resolve into a coherent pattern. Reflecting the increasing diversity of the Church, Elder Gong became the first Asian-American Apostle, Elder Soares the first Apostle from South America. In her address, Sister Gong said, “Wonderful things happen when righteous, faithful, open-to-the-Spirit women gather. He has traced … Elder Gerrit W. Gong, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has tested positive for COVID-19. The church reported Oct. 8 that the 66-year-old Gong and his wife, Susan, had been experiencing “very mild symptoms” and were recovering at home. “For most of us, compassion requires imagination and intention.”. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday that Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife Sister Susan Gong have tested positive for COVID-19 Bright colors and vivid images filled the once-blank cinder block wall of the soup kitchen in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia. The Spirit was present in abundance. That is something the Gongs also learned from the children involved in their mural projects, undertaken during the Christmas season. Elder Gong, whose ancestors left southern China in the late 19th century for work in the United States, was born into the Church. Sister Gong realized she needed to learn to listen — to put down her electronic devices, shut out distractions, turn off the little voice in her head constantly reminding her of all of the things she has left to do on her “to do” list. At that moment “you feel very humble, but you are certain in your confidence and love for President Nelson as the Lord’s prophet and Church President.” Gerrit W. Gong was born in Redwood City, California, in 1953. In covenant belonging, “we strengthen each other in His love, thereby coming more to love God and each other,” he said. The Primary general presidency lead the audience in singing “Do As I’m Doing” in the Marriott Center at BYU during Women’s Conference on May 4. Elder Gerrit W. Gong and his wife, Sister Susan Lindsay Gong. Instead, she needed to listen with her heart, understanding “not just what someone is saying but who it is that I’m talking to: a child of God.”, “I’m discovering this means not just listening to the person but listening to the Holy Ghost as well.”. He had a close almost familial relationship with de Jong and would refer to him as "Grandpa de Jong". Some places wanted to send only the best and most artistic children to participate. His mother met the missionaries as a teenager in Honolulu, Hawaii. SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KIFI/KIDK) - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday Elder Gerrit W.Gong and his wife have tested positive with COVID-19. PROVO, Utah — The Church’s new focus on ministering is enhanced through “covenant belonging” — never giving up on oneself, on others or on God, Elder Gerrit W. 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