9 Quotes From Elder Gong On His Birthday

Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was born in Redwood City, California, on December 23, 1953. His parents were professional teachers, and together they spent more than 70 years in the classroom. Elder Gong inherited his parents’ love of learning, he studied at Brigham Young University and received master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford University, where he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.

After they both served as full-time missionaries in Taiwan, Elder Gong married Susan Lindsay in January 1980 in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of four children and have three grandchildren.

Elder Gong worked for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, the US Department of State, and as a special assistant to the US ambassador in Beijing, China. Before his call to the apostleship, he was in the Presidency of the Seventy. He also served as president of the Asia Area and as an Area Seventy, stake president, stake mission president, bishop, and seminary teacher.

In honor of her birthday today, here are nine of her quotes from the past year.

1. Temple Covenants

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Standing in front of the Salt Lake Temple, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Sister Susan Gong discuss temple covenants in a December 5, 2022, social media post.

“Through the sacred covenants we make in the house of the Lord, our Savior can help us draw closer to God and to others.”

facebook postDecember 5, 2022

2. Make education, the mission, a priority

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Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, center, with youth in San José, Costa Rica, on November 18, 2022.

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“Dear young men and women, the Lord loves you,” Elder Gong said. “This is a time for new beginnings and a time for important commitments and priorities. Please make your education a priority. Please make mission service a priority. A mission will bless you and others for a lifetime. A mission blesses your family now and will bless your future eternal family. …

“Please love, share and invite others.”

Visit to Costa RicaNovember 18, 2022

3. A brazed link

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Young adults raise their hands in response to a question from Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at a devotional in Cancún, Mexico, on Sunday, October 23, 2022.

“It doesn’t matter if you are the first or the fifth generation in the Church. Each of us can be a strong link in our eternal family.”

Mexico Area Young Adult DevotionalOctober 23, 2022

4. The grace and forgiveness of Christ

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Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Salt Lake Conference Center City on October 2, 2022.

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“Our joy is filled when we feel the grace and forgiveness of Jesus Christ for us. And while we offer the miracle of grace from him and forgiveness from him to one another, the mercy we receive and the mercy we offer can help make the injustices of life just.”

— “happy and forever”, October General Conference

5. Room in the inn

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An animated stained glass scene from a new Church video titled “Room at the Inn” shows the Savior in the center surrounded by temples from around the world and gospel ordinances such as baptism and the sacrament.

“Jesus Christ invites us to become, like Him, a good Samaritan, to make His inn (His Church) a refuge for all from the blows and storms of life,” he said. “We prepare for his promised Second Coming each day as we prepare for ‘the least of these’ as we would for Him. ‘The least of these’ is each one of us.”

Elder Gong narrates a new Church videoAugust 18, 2022

6. ‘God is the Creator of all of us’

“By birth or adoptive lineage, ultimately we are all connected in the family of God and in the human family. When I joined guests this week for tours of the Washington DC Temple, I was once again struck by how much we all have in common. Truly, God is the Creator of all of us. The temples of him allow us to learn about these connections ”.

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7. Connecting with ancestors can change lives

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Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 192nd Annual General Conference in the Conference Center on April 2, 2022.

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“From their trials and achievements, we draw faith and strength. From his love and sacrifices, we learn to forgive and move on.”

—”We each have a story”, April 2022 general conference

8. Religious freedom

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Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Church History Symposium at the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 11, 2022.

“Latter-day Saint commitment to religious liberty is a practical reality and wish as faithful members of the Church seek to honor, obey, and uphold the law and to contribute as good parents and good citizens in our communities and countries all over the world”.

Church History SymposiumMarch 11, 2022

9. Looking to the future with faith

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Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles participates in a devotional for young single adults throughout the Philippines Area on Sunday, February 20, 2022, in Manila, Philippines.

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“In the next 40 years, when we reach the centennial of the Church in the Philippines, you will be amazed at things you have never seen. Because you will be diligent and faithful, loving and kind, because you will find belonging and hope in Jesus Christ for yourself and those around you, you will see miracles.

Philippines Area-Wide Young Single Adult DevotionalFebruary 20, 2022

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