An Apostle for The Church ofJesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Born 3 December 1940 He was born and raised in St. George, Utah, where he attended Dixie HighSchool. He also attended Dixie College, which is where he received hisAssociate‟s degree. He attended BYU in Provo, Utah for his Bachelor‟s and Master‟s degrees.His degrees were in English and Religious Education. He then went to Yale for a Master‟s and a Doctorate in Philosophy andAmerican Studies.
Sealed to Patricia Terry at the St. George Temple on 7June 1963. They just celebrated 50 years of marriage! Elder Holland is the father of three children: Matthew b.1966, Mary b. 1969, and David b. 1973 Elder Holland was the 9th President of BYU Provo, Utahfrom 1980-1989 Awarded an Eagle Scout Author of 7 books, which he co-wrote with his wife Patricia Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was ordained a member of theQuorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of JesusChrist of Latter-day Saints on June 23, 1994 by HowardW. Hunter. At the time of this call, Elder Holland wasserving as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy,to which he had been called on April 1, 1989. He has also served as Bishop, Counselor in the stakepresidency, Director of the Melchezidek Priesthood MIA,Dean of Religious Education at BYU, EleventhCommissioner of the Church Educational System, AreaAuthority, and President of the Santiago, Chile area.
Isaac Holcomb‟s thoughts about ElderHollandI read once a talk that Elder Holland gave about how parents need to let theirchildren know how they feel about the gospel of Jesus Christ. To not let it stayin our own heads, but to bear it out in testimony, prayer, fasting, readingscriptures and showing them the example of Jesus Christ in all that we say anddo. They need to know how we feel about these things, see us doing them on adaily basis and show them how to participate in it as well. When I first read thistalk I was single and nowhere close to being married or having children of myown, so I didn‟t really pay all that much attention to it. Later, after being marriedand have children of my own there is a deeper desire to teach them thefeelings in my heart and have them know that I pray for them all the time. Ihave had many of my friends fall away from the church or have had children oftheir own go down wrong paths. I‟ve seen it break their hearts and how muchthey desire to have those children come back to the church. I don‟t want that tohappen, and this talk really put into perspective what I need to do as a parentso I can help insure that they will know how I feel about the gospel. I know thatthe power behind a parent bearing their testimony each month at church anddaily at home will have a huge influence on the lives of their children.
In my life right now my family is facing the mostdifficult time of our lives. Through prayer, along withreading the scriptures, words of encouragement froma disciple of God help more than words can say. I amso grateful for all that I have been blessed with andthat I can look at the things and people in my life andrealize they are blessings form the Lord: a loving Godwho knows me and knows my trials and wants toteach me and help me be a better person. ElderHolland is a faithful and wonderful apostle of the Lord.I never fail to feel the spirit when he speaks. I am sograteful for his example and for the lessons heteaches me. It seems every time he speaks inGeneral Conference the topics he chooses speak tomy soul. I learn something about the lord or myself ashe teaches through the Spirit. The words "Imgrateful" just dont seem to be enough to express mylove for him and the Savior, whose message heRachael Stangle‟s thoughts about ElderHolland
The first talk I ever heard Elder Holland give was during the October 2011 GeneralConference. I had only been a member for three months and this was my firstexperience watching Conference. The talk he gave was called “The First GreatCommandment”, and it made me bawl my eyes out. That talk reminds us ournumber one priority is to love the Lord. Before all other things, we must love ourCreator and our Savior. Without Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ we arenothing. One thing he said that is written on my heart is, “The crowningcharacteristic of love is always loyalty.” Another statement he made that drew tearsto my cheeks was this, “…every returned missionary who ever stood in a baptismalfont and with his arm to the square said, „Having been commissioned of JesusChrist.‟ That commission was to have changed your convert forever, but it wassupposed to have changed you forever as well.” In my short time in the church, Ihave known more than one returned missionary who fell away from the church andit breaks my heart every time I read or listen to this talk. If only all of us could havethe immovable faith of Elder Holland. The conviction Elder Holland has is alwaysportrayed by how passionately he delivers his messages. His conviction fans theErin Simon‟s thoughts about Elder Holland
Amber Southward‟s thoughts about ElderHollandMy favorite talk that personally means something to is “We Are AllEnlisted”. I love this talk. It has stuck with me since I heard it. The wayhe describes how evil Satan is and how he is after you is so importantto realize for all of us. We are in war and we need to get it. We need tostop being afraid to speak up and stand up for truth. We need to beleaders and not followers of men. We need to teach our children to notbe subservient to any man. They need to be comfortable following theLord and inspiration no matter what others think. They need to think ofthemselves as soldiers. They need to remember that Satan exists andhas many followers living or spirits that want to sink you. I love this talkand will hold it dear. I love and admire Elder Holland because healways says things in such a strong confident way. He makes me feelstronger. “When we rehearse the grandeur of Joseph Smith‟s FirstVision, we sometimes gloss over the menacing confrontation that camejust prior to it, a confrontation intended to destroy the boy if possible butin any case to block the revelation that was to come. We don‟t talkabout the adversary any more than we have to, and I don‟t like talkingabout him at all, but the experience of young Joseph reminds us ofwhat every man, including every young man, in this audience needs to
I have a testimony that Elder Holland is trulya prophet of God and a seer andrevelator. The power in which he can speak tothe hearts of those who listen is immense andcan soften hearts. I know for myself ElderHolland has been able to convey his simplemessages with power and inspiration to me. Ifeel as if I can do the things he asks of me andbecome a better person, member or thechurch and Priesthood holder. I say thesethings in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.Nic Savaglio‟s thoughts about Elder Holland