Official image of Elder Gerrit W Gong next to official image of Elder Ulisses Soares

Elders Gong and Soares were called March 31 as the new apostles of the LDS Church.

March 31, 2018
Writer: Mackenzie Holbrook

Elders Gerrit W. Gong and Ulisses Soares were sustained as the newest members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today during the Saturday morning session of the 188th Annual General Conference.

Mormon Newsroom reports Elder Gong was serving as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy. He was called as a General Authority Seventy of the Church in April 2010, and named a member of the Presidency of the Seventy in October 2016.

Elder Gong was a member of the Asia Area Presidency from 2011 to 2015, when he concluded his service, headquartered in Hong Kong, as the Area President.

Elder Gong is the Church’s first Asian American apostle, according to the Deseret News.

Elder Soares was also serving as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy until his call as an apostle was announced today.

Mormon Newsroom reports Elder Soares has been serving as a General Authority Seventy of the Church since April 2005, and was named a member of the Presidency of the Seventy in January 2013.

Elder Soares previously served as a counselor for the Africa Southeast Area, President of the Brazil Area and as a counselor in the Brazil South Area.

Elder Soares is the Church’s first Latin American apostle, according to the Deseret News.

You can listen to all sessions of the 188th Annual General Conference at byuidahoradio.org.