Elder Gerrit W. Gong

Elder Gerrit W. Gong

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Biography:

Elder Gerrit W. Gong was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on March 31, 2018. He had served as a General Authority Seventy from 2010 until the time of his call to the Twelve.

Elder Gong received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian and university studies from Brigham Young University in 1977. He then received a Master of Philosophy degree and a Doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 1985, he served as special assistant to the undersecretary of state at the U.S. State Department and in 1987 as special assistant to the U.S. ambassador in Beijing, China.

Elder Gong has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary, seminary teacher, bishop, stake mission president, stake president and Area Seventy.

Elder Gong was born in Redwood City, California, on December 23, 1953. He married Susan Lindsay in January 1980. They are the parents of four children and three grandchildren.