Elder Gerrit W. Gong: ‘All Nations, Kindreds and Tongues’

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Notable quotes:

“Truly, for those with faithful hearts and eyes to see, the Lord’s tender mercies are manifest amidst life’s challenges.”
“As ‘fellowcitizens with the saints,’ we are invited to change the world for the better, from the inside out, one person, one family, one neighborhood at a time.”
“We are changing ourselves and the world in a gospel pattern that blesses lives everywhere.”

Summary points: 

  • As children of the Lord, all are invited to change the world for the better. “This happens when we live and share the gospel.”
  • All the Lord’s promises are fulfilled in His time. 
  • The Lord’s work is brought to pass by small and simple means. His miracles are manifest in the daily lives of His children and disciples.

Summary:

The tender mercies of the Lord are found among life’s daily challenges for those with “faithful hearts and eyes to see.” Through challenges and sacrifice, the blessings of heaven can be found in mortality.  

As disciples of Christ, “We are invited to change the world for the better, from the inside out, one person, one family, one neighborhood at a time” by living and sharing the gospel. And the contributions of each individual in the service of the Lord are valuable. 

“As we hearken to the Lord’s spirit of prophecy, we can become in our own way part of the fulfillment of His prophecies and promises — part of the gospel blessing the world.”

Elder Gong prerecorded his general conference message due to potential COVID-19 exposure

The restoration of the gospel began with a young teenage boy in the early 1800s. What began with an initial 5,000 printed copies of the Book of Mormon in 1830 has led to 192 million copies published in 112 languages around the world. 

Through small and simple means, in which the Lord invites his disciples to participate, His great work is brought to pass. 

By increasing faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, living restored gospel truths and receiving sacred covenants, and studying and sharing the ongoing Restoration, “We participate in fulfilling prophecy.”

These gospel patterns bless and change lives everywhere.

“As we come to trust God, sometimes through pleading in our darkest, loneliest, most uncertain moments, we learn He knows us better and loves us more than we know or love ourselves.” With his help, lasting justice, equality, fairness and peace can be created in homes and communities around the world.

God’s miracles truly are manifest daily. “How grateful we are for the supernal gift of the Holy Ghost, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and the revealed doctrine, ordinances, and covenants found in His restored Church called in His name.”

In the news:

  • Elder Gerrit W. Gong addressed new mission presidents and companions participating in the 2020 Mission Leadership Seminar on June 27 and spoke about being perfected in Christ.
  • In a video released as part of the Church’s 2020 #HearHim initiative, Elder Gong taught about how to stay close to the Savior during times of loneliness.
  • Elder and Sister Gong spoke to Church News about the importance of staying connected amid COVID-19 social distancing, as part of a series of articles highlighting the teachings of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the speaker:

  • Elder Gerrit W. Gong was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on March 31, 2018. He had been serving as a General Authority Seventy since April 2010.
  • During his professional travels, Elder Gong has visited all seven continents.
  • His mother met the missionaries when she was a teenager in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father joined the Church after attending Stanford University, where his parents met and dated.
  • The first time Elder Gong met his wife, Susan Lindsay, was at an evening devotional he volunteered to give at the Provo Missionary Training Center to help the missionaries learn more about Taiwan. They briefly met, but Elder Gong said in that moment, he “had a feeling this was somebody I’d always know.”

Recently on Social:

  • On Sept. 1, Elder Gerrit W. Gong taught about the power of scripture study in a social media post.

This photo illustrates a special place to me, because it is the location where I often study my scriptures. In prior…

Posted by Gerrit W. Gong on Tuesday, September 1, 2020
  • Elder Gong shared about the “power and resurrection of Christ” in terms of two restorations on May 19.
  • In an April 26 post, Elder Gong explained the importance of the First Vision.

Latter-day restoration begins with theophany—the literal appearance of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, to the…

Posted by Gerrit W. Gong on Sunday, April 26, 2020
  • Elder Gong shared his testimony of “God, our Eternal Father, and His Beloved Son, the living Jesus Christ” in celebration of Easter on April 12.
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