How well do you know Elder Gerrit W. Gong?
He is married to Susan Lindsay.
Both Elder and Sister Gong served as full-time missionaries in Taiwan. They were married in January 1980 and have four sons and three grandchildren.
He is related to a Dragon! First Dragon Gong, that is.
Elder Gong has traced his ancestry all the way back to his ancestor First Dragon Gong, who was born in A.D. 837 (late Tang Dynasty). That’s 33 generations back!
He’s a professor and a scholar.
That love of learning may have come from his parents (both teachers). He’s a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford (the Rhodes scholarship is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world) and was a professor at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University.
He lived in Asia for more than a decade.
His ancestors came from Asia in the late 19th century, and Elder Gong returned there to work in the United States embassy in China and later to serve in the Church’s Asia Area Presidency. While there, Elder Gong and his family organized mural paintings in five different countries.
After being sustained as an Apostle of the Lord, Elder Gong spoke about the blessings we may receive thanks to our covenants and the Savior’s Atonement.
“The song of our risen Savior’s redeeming love celebrates the harmony of covenants (that connect us to God and to each other) and the Atonement of Jesus Christ (that helps us put off the natural man and woman and yield to the enticings of the Holy Spirit). Together, our covenants and our Savior’s Atonement enable and ennoble. Together, they help us hold on and let go. Together, they sweeten, preserve, sanctify, redeem.”