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Jeffrey R. Holland
Works at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Attended Brigham Young University
Lives in Salt Lake City, UT
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Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 23, 1994. At the time of this call, Elder Holland was serving as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, to which he had been called on April 1, 1989.

From 1980 until his call as a General Authority in 1989, Jeffrey R. Holland served as the ninth president of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is a former Church commissioner of education and dean of the College of Religious Education at BYU.

A student leader and varsity athlete at Dixie High School and Dixie College in his native St. George, Utah, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in English and religious education, respectively, from Brigham Young University. He obtained master and doctor of philosophy degrees in American Studies from Yale University.

Elder Holland was active in professional educational activity prior to his call to full-time Church service. He served as president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAPICU), on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), and as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Presidents Commission. For his work in improving understanding between Christians and Jews, he was awarded the "Torch of Liberty" award by the Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai B'rith. He has served on the governing boards of a number of civic and business related corporations and has received the “Distinguished Eagle Scout” award from the Boy Scouts of America. He is the author of eight books, one of which he co-authored with his wife, Patricia.

Elder Holland was born December 3, 1940, to Frank D. and Alice Bentley Holland. In 1963, he married Patricia Terry. They are the parents of three children.

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    English and Religious Education
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December 3, 1940
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    Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, 1994 - present
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Recently during an address at BYU, I spoke about how religion is the means for uniting what was separated or holding together that which might be torn apart by that definition. Religion is an obvious need for us individually and collectively, given the trials and tribulations of our mortal lives.

What is equally obvious is that the conflict between good and evil, right and wrong, the moral and the immoral—the conflict which the world’s great faiths and devoted religious believers have historically tried to address in their efforts to hold things together—is being intensified in our time and is affecting an ever-wider segment of our culture. And let there be no doubt that the outcome of this conflict truly matters, not only in eternity but in everyday life as well.

We should be genuinely concerned over the assertion that the single most distinguishing feature of modern life is the rise of secularism with its attendant dismissal of, cynicism toward, or marked disenchantment with religion.

So I bear witness of religion being the principle ingredient—not the only, but the principle ingredient—that has kept Western social, political, and cultural life moral to the extent these have been moral. And I shudder at how immoral life might have been then and now without it. Looking at least at American history, other men wiser than I have shuddered as well.

But I am no doomsdayer. Our collective religious heritage and our traditional religious beliefs—varied as they are—are remarkably strong and resilient. May we honor and cherish religion and encourage its good effects everywhere.

Because my faith, my family, my beliefs, my covenants—in short, my religion—means everything to me, I thank my Father in Heaven for it and pray for the continued privilege to speak of it so long as I shall live.

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We started a conversation on Face to Face in which I tried to answer some of your questions. I want you to know that many more questions will be answered in general conference this weekend. Prepare your hearts, and the Spirit will teach you wonderful things.

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I remember one fall day—I think it was in the first semester after our marriage in 1963—we were walking together up the hill past the Maeser Building on the sidewalk that led between the president’s home and the Brimhall Building on the BYU campus.

Somewhere on that path we stopped and wondered what we had gotten ourselves into. Life that day seemed so overwhelming, and the undergraduate plus graduate years that we still anticipated before us seemed monumental, nearly insurmountable. Our love for each other and our commitment to the gospel were strong, but most of all the other temporal things around us seemed particularly ominous.

On a spot that I could probably still mark for you today, I turned to Pat and said something like this: “Honey, should we give up? I can get a good job and carve out a good living for us. I can do some things. I’ll be okay without a degree. Should we stop trying to tackle what right now seems so difficult to face?”

In my best reenactment of Lot’s wife, I said, in effect, “Let’s go back. Let’s go home. The future holds nothing for us.”

Then my beloved little bride did what she has done for more than 52 years since then. She grabbed me by the lapels and said, “We are not going back. We are not going home. The future holds everything for us.”

She stood there in the sunlight that day and gave me a real talk. I don’t recall that she quoted Paul, but there was certainly plenty in her voice that said she was committed to setting aside all that was past in order to “press toward the mark” and seize the prize of God that lay yet ahead. It was a living demonstration of faith. It was “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). So we laughed, kept walking, and finished up sharing a root beer—one glass, two straws—at the then newly constructed Wilkinson Center.

Remember, my dear young friends, the future holds everything for you. Be faithful. Believe. The Lord will bless you.

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The start of a new year is the traditional time to take stock of our lives and see where we are going, measured against the backdrop of where we have been. Several years ago at BYU, I shared my thoughts on the scriptural story of Lot’s wife (

Often, like Lot’s wife, we long to return to past days. I have come to the conclusion that Lot’s wife did not just look back; she looked back longingly. In short, her attachment to the past outweighed her confidence in the future. That, apparently, was at least part of her sin.

So, as a new year starts and we try to benefit from a proper view of what has gone before, I plead with you not to dwell on days now gone, nor to yearn vainly for yesterdays, however good those yesterdays may have been. The past is to be learned from but not lived in.

To all such of every generation, I call out, “Remember Lot’s wife.” Faith is for the future. Faith builds on the past but never longs to stay there. Faith trusts that God has great things in store for each of us and that Christ truly is the “high priest of good things to come.” 

Keep your eyes on your dreams, however distant and far away. Live to see the miracles of repentance and forgiveness, of trust and divine love that will transform your life today, tomorrow, and forever. That is a New Year’s resolution I ask you to keep this new year.

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Recently, I had the privilege of visiting Jerusalem. As I visited with students at the BYU Jerusalem Center and walked through the city with area leaders, I felt thankful for the Church’s anchored presence in this city. 

I felt reminded of a common theme that appears in Christ’s post-resurrection greeting and message. Upon visiting his Apostles, he said, “Peace be unto you.” He repeated himself three times: “Peace be unto you.” He allowed them to see the nail prints in His hand and thrust their hands into His side. He told them, “Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”

The tragic irony of our world is that peace is a commodity that is so difficult to find. I think Christ’s initial greeting when we see Him again will be, “Peace be unto you.” 

Let us try to find peace now. We may not make much headway politically, but maybe as individuals, in our homes, and in our chapels, we can find peace. It can happen for us. It will happen for us. I pray that each of us will find peace and bring it into our lives and our homes.

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It was a thrill for President Henry B. Eyring and me to participate in the rededication of the Mexico City Temple. The most rewarding experience of all was to see the tears stream down the faces of those who had been without the temple and now could return.
Sometimes we don’t miss things until they are suddenly not available to us. That truism has scores of applications in our lives. Let’s savor what we have and express appreciation for it, lest we lose it.

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What a terrific time to be alive!  

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most certain, the most secure, the most reliable, and the most rewarding truth on earth and in heaven, in time and in eternity. Nothing—not anything, not anyone, not any influence—will keep this Church from fulfilling its mission and realizing its destiny declared from before the foundation of the world. Ours is that fail-safe, inexorable, indestructible dispensation of the fulness of the gospel. There is no need to be afraid or tentative about the future.  

Unlike every other era before us, this dispensation will not experience an institutional apostasy; it will not see a loss of priesthood keys; it will not suffer a cessation of revelation from the voice of Almighty God. Individuals will apostatize or turn a deaf ear to heaven, but never again will the dispensation collectively do so. What a secure thought! What a day in which to live!

If there are some bumps along the way while waiting to see every promise kept and every prophecy fulfilled, so be it. If you haven’t noticed, I am bullish about the latter days. In nothing could I have more faith than I have in God the Eternal Father, in Jesus Christ His Son, in Their redeeming gospel, and in their divinely-guided Church. Believe. Rise up. Be faithful. And make the most of the remarkable day in which we live!

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Three years ago, I felt impressed to speak at general conference about the painful, life-altering condition of depression that affects so many. You can read the address here:

We came to earth to face issues of mortality in the form of trials, temptations, disease, and death. It is essential for us to face personal struggles because opposition is a crucial part of Father’s plan. I suppose everybody will have some kind of an experience where they say, “I’m never going to be happy again.”

Well, we are going to be happy again. That is also a part of the plan. It’s the very nature of it. Hang on and hope. Never lose faith in your Father in Heaven, who loves you more than you can comprehend. Never, ever doubt His love for you. Hold fast to the Atonement. Believe in miracles. When you’ve done all you can do, endure to the end. And remember, hope is never lost.

Broken minds can be healed just the way broken bones and broken hearts are healed. While God is at work making those repairs, the rest of us can help by being merciful, nonjudgmental, and kind.

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Recently I returned from a remarkable trip to Brazil. In the midst of political and economic difficulties, the gospel light shines brightly in Brazil and in the lives of members of the Church. The Lord loves Brazil and He loves the people there. Their lives are a vivid testimony of how the gospel allows for brightness and happiness to triumph over difficulty and despair.

You cannot be in Brazil and not feel momentum for the future. I promised the members there that they would play no small part in the Lord’s blessing of that land in the future. For them and for us—wherever we might be—it is true that the prayers of the righteous have a wonderfully disproportionate impact on the rest of the population. The devotion, prayers, and faithfulness of our members will play a significant role in bringing peace to the places in which we live.

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Elder +Donald L. Hallstrom, Sister +Carole M. Stephens, and I are thrilled to be part of the first YSA #LDSFace2Face  event on March 8 at 6 p.m. MST. We can’t wait to answer your questions. You can tune in live on 

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Last month I took a journey down memory lane. I was fortunate enough to be assigned to reorganize the New Haven Connecticut Stake presidency in the area where I lived with my young family as a graduate student at Yale University. Besides being with the wonderful members in New Haven, I also had a chance to visit with some of the current Yale LDSSA students and had a delightful reunion (and took this photo) with my former bishop from the 1960s, Joseph Taylor!

I once gave a message about traveling across the country with my young family when our car kept breaking down. I encouraged everyone at that time to never give up because good things are just ahead ( I say that to you again now. We never know what challenges are ahead of us, but one thing is for sure—we all have them; that is one of the purposes of this life. As we trust in the Lord to help us, we learn and grow in ways we can’t even imagine, our relationship with the Lord strengthens, and we gain deeper confidence that with His help we can make it through hard times. Another blessing is that the next challenges that come won’t seem as hard as they would have otherwise.

God lives. He is our Eternal Father and loves each of us. I testify that this is His true Church and that He sustains us in our hour of need—and always will, even if we cannot recognize that intervention. Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven, but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. Of that I personally attest.

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This month is national addiction month. Although those struggling with addiction to pornography often feel it affects only them, their loved ones know only too well that its effects are anything but isolated. It bears down on a host of associates, including family and friends. Addictions tear at us with fear, weariness, confusion, and shame. Eventually we see entire lives devastated.
Please let anyone affected by pornography know about new Church resources designed to help loved ones in this situation. I hope these materials will encourage people to turn to the Atonement of Jesus Christ to find the healing and hope we all so desperately need. His power extends to all. None of us needs to suffer alone.