Two New Apostles Called to Quorum of the Twelve

  • 31 March 2018

Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares were sustained as the newest members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the solemn assembly March 31 during which members of the Church also sustained President Russell M. Nelson and other members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve.

President Russell M. Nelson was sustained Saturday as prophet, seer, revelator and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a solemn assembly of Church members worldwide on March 31, 2018.

Dallin H. Oaks was sustained as First Counselor and Henry B. Eyring as Second Counselor in the First Presidency.

The new First Presidency was named and introduced to the Church on January 16, but the Saturday morning session of the Church’s annual general conference, originating from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, was the first opportunity for Latter-day Saints throughout the world to publicly sustain their new leadership.

President Russell M. Nelson, the 17th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his counselor, President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor (left), and President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor (right), during the solemn assembly March 31, 2018.

President Russell M. Nelson and President Dallin H. Oaks during a solemn assembly during the Saturday morning session of general conference on March 31, 2018.

Two new members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were also announced during the Saturday morning solemn assembly. Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares were sustained as the newest members of that quorum. They fill the vacancies left by the deaths of President Thomas S. Monson and Elder Robert D. Hales.

Elder Gerrit W. Gong

Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve

Elder Gerrit W. Gong was serving as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy at the time of his calling to the Quorum of the Twelve. He became a General Authority Seventy of the Church in April 2010. He was named a member of the Presidency of the Seventy on October 6, 2015. From 2011 to 2015, Elder Gong was a member of the Asia Area Presidency, headquartered in Hong Kong, and concluded that service as the Area President.

 

Elder Gong received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian and university studies from Brigham Young University in 1977. In 1979, he received a Master of Philosophy degree and in 1981 a doctorate in 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. From 1989 he served in several positions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He was assistant to the president for planning and assessment at Brigham Young University until April 2010. Read more in his biography. Follow Elder Gong on Twitter and Facebook.

Elder Ulisses Soares

Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Elder Ulisses Soares was also serving as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy at the time of his calling to the Quorum of the Twelve. He 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 on January 6, 2013. He served previously as a counselor in the Africa Southeast Area, President of the Brazil Area and as a counselor in the Brazil South Area.

 

Elder Soares received a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and economics from the São Paulo Pontifical Catholic University, School of Economic Science in 1985 and later received a Master of Business Administration degree. He was an accountant and auditor for multinational corporations in Brazil and director for temporal affairs in the Church area office in São Paulo, Brazil. At the time of his call as a General Authority, he was serving on a special assignment for the Presiding Bishopric of the Church in Salt Lake City. Read more in his biography. Follow Elder Soares on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

Newly sustained members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares take their seats among the other Apostles during the solemn assembly on March 31, 2018.

Newly sustained members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares participate in sustaining the First Presidency and other leaders during the solemn assembly on March 31, 2018.

Newly sustained members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares take their seats among the other Apostles during the solemn assembly on March 31, 2018.

Newly sustained members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares take their seats among the other Apostles during the solemn assembly on March 31, 2018.

Members raise their hands to sustain the new First Presidency of the Church, President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring during a solemn assembly during the Saturday morning session of general conference on March 31, 2018.

Members raise their hands to sustain the new First Presidency of the Church, President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring during a solemn assembly during the Saturday morning session of general conference on March 31, 2018.