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December 2023 Devotional

Elder Gerrit W. Gong

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

“Cheerfully Do All Things in Our Power”

The video will premiere on Tuesday, December 5, at 10 a.m. (MST/UTC-7).


About the Speaker

Gerrit W. Gong is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He received a Master of Philosophy from BYU and a Doctorate in international relations from Oxford University. He served as special assistant to the undersecretary of state and the U.S. ambassador in Beijing, China, and held several positions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of four children.

Instructions for Discussion

Below are suggested questions you can ask students to reflect on to help with your discussion. You may be inspired to ask different questions based on the needs of your group.

  • Elder Gong asked us to live righteously so we could better feel the presence of God in our lives. To you, why is it important to feel God’s presence as you study?
  • People who go about their work cheerfully must do so without knowing the future. What helps you stay cheerful even though you don’t know the future?