Official Statement

Elder and Sister Gong Successfully Complete Quarantine

The First Presidency and all other members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have tested negative for the virus

Updated: October 16, 2020

In a message shared on his social media accounts, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Susan, shared that they have successfully completed quarantine and expressed their appreciation for the outpouring of love and support from people around the world after the couple was diagnosed with COVID-19 in early October.

We are very moved and grateful for the many well-wishes and prayers we have received from you from around the world....

Publicerat av Gerrit W. Gong Fredag 16 oktober 2020

Update October 8, 2020

The following statement was issued October 8, 2020, by Church spokesman Eric Hawkins:

Elder and Sister Gong continue to experience very mild symptoms of COVID-19 and are recovering at home. They are grateful for the many prayers and expressions of concern and love. Out of an abundance of caution, all members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were tested, and all tests were negative. Church leaders will continue to exercise caution and follow all health guidelines related to COVID-19 and encourage our members to do the same.

Elder and Sister Gerrit W. Gong
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October 6, 2020

The following statement was issued October 6, 2020, by Church spokesman Eric Hawkins:   

As shared in General Conference this weekend, Elder Gerrit W. Gong was recently exposed to COVID-19 and did not participate in conference in person. He and Sister Gong have now tested positive for the virus. Their condition is mild, but they are being cautious and their health is being carefully monitored by doctors. The Church will follow all appropriate health protocols for contact tracing and will continue to follow health guidelines for this virus to protect Church leaders, including self-isolation, as appropriate. We continue to encourage all Church members to take steps to protect themselves and one another during this global pandemic. 

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