Elder Gong is church's first Asian American apostle; Elder Soares is church's first Latin American apostle
I feel like the calling of the two new Apostles appears on the surface to be
racially diverse because thats how the world views things these days. However,
I believe it goes much deeper than that. It shows that the gospel is being
heard in parts of the world that havent heard it in the past, and the
peoples' needs in areas of the world previously not covered now need to be
recognized and addressed. The gospel is going forth!
It really seems like a lot to do about nothing. Where is the beef. Do only
staunch Mormons get it. What does it all mean. Is it just window dressing or
is it a heavenly message. What is the message, that Utah Mormons have
discovered world diversity.
Someone will have to explain to me the big deal about God, not the Church or
Pres. Nelson, calling two non-white apostles. God is no respecter of persons and
he will call the most qualified person whom he wants. Race or diversity has
nothing to do with it.
Administrative and structural change, adaptation, and adjustment have pretty
much been the order of the day in the Church since it was founded. Like many,
I am excited by the calling of the two new apostles, reflecting the increasing
diversity of the church. Their race or ethnicity, however, is not of primary
significance. Their office, calling, witness, and ministry are, and will
continue to be, what is of continuing importance.
"Don’t be surprised if at times your personal views are not initially
in harmony with the teachings of the Lord’s prophet," Elder Andersen
said.. . . which is fine, because sometimes the prophet's
teachings are wrong.
While I recognize that many are inspired by the calling of (as I read)
"non-white" Apostles that bring added "diversity" to the Twelve,
I also note that its written that they were called by President Nelson. To me,
this all seems the natural progression of the worldwide Church maturing, and I
hesitate when I hear of these callings coming from the Prophet rather than from
God. To me, these are all callings from God, and an extension of Elder
Uchtdorf's calling from Europe a few years ago. Its wonderful to live in
these times, and do our part.
It was wonderful to listen to a General Conference where people with accents
from all over the world spoke. We are truly a world-wide church, and this
General Conference is proving it. Thank you, Heavenly Father.
All is indeed well in Zion...?
I am glad that they are apostles but their race isn't important to me.
I'm a member of the LDS Church, and I have to say that during the Solemn
Assembly, when members throughout the world stood and sustained President Nelson
and other leaders, some in chapels and others, like myself, in their own homes,
I felt at one with all members of the church throughout the world. It is a
feeling I will never forget.
I am so grateful and humbled at the overwhelming Spirit during this morning
Solemn Assembly. I began weeping at the opening prayer - When the 2 new
Apostles were announced I said to a couple of friends "I can already hear
the commentary!' Reading about their service the Holy Spirit said "I
know who and why the Lord chose these servants".
"Everything is as it should be." And the Gospel of Jesus Christ rolls
forth...These two new Apostles will bring a great spirit to the church and
we welcome them.
What a glorious time in the history of the Church. I'm honored to have
witnessed it as well as honoring and sustaining these two new special witnesses
of Christ and President Russel M. Nelson as our new President and Prophet.
Great summary! Posted amazingly fast. Thank you!
We thank thee, O God, for a prophetTo guide us in these latter days.We thank thee for sending the gospelTo lighten our minds with its
rays.We thank thee for every blessingBestowed by thy bounteous
hand.We feel it a pleasure to serve theeAnd love to obey thy
Awesome choices. Very exciting.