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SALT LAKE CITY — Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares were called as apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday morning during the church's annual general conference.
Elder Gong is the first Asian-American called as an LDS apostle, and Elder Soares is the first Latin American called as an LDS apostle.
LDS faithful believe an apostle is a man called by God to lead the church and witness of Jesus Christ. They believe the apostles and prophet who lead the church receive revelation from God to give church members guidance.
The apostles will fill the vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles left by the deaths of former church President Thomas S. Monson and Elder Robert D. Hales.
President Russell M. Nelson was formally sustained as the new prophet and president of the LDS Church by members Saturday morning.