Furthermore, although Patricia Terry had waited faithfully for him, just as he had hoped, his arrival home came only a few weeks before she was to leave for a year to study music in the East. “It was the first time I had ever done that, being a new missionary of just two weeks,” he said. “He went into his mother’s tiny home, and when he came out he just wept and talked about his precious mother,” Elder Cook said. “Have I got this straight? Oct 10, 2018 - Jeffrey R. Holland is an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. It would have been easy to let the travel-weary elder eat a meal and go to bed, but Elder Cook saw something special in the young man and took the bleary-eyed elder out to work. I hadn't heard it before. “I was always sure that the Lord had the same goal in mind for him, but that the size of the classroom and the number of students were on a much grander scale than he was envisioning.”, Elder Holland says that serving in the office to which he has been ordained has been for him, as it has been for others who have accepted the same call, a lifelong refining process. Elder and Sister Holland have three children. “I can still picture him getting out of the car on Exhibition Road,” Elder Holland said, “Then he presided over a wonderful dedicatory service in the chapel. Furthermore, although Patricia Terry had waited faithfully for him, just as he had hoped, his arrival home came only a few weeks before she was to leave for a year to study music in the East. PLAY. Coming home, for Jeffrey Holland, was not without its own paradox—for returning mingled with parting: his parents had been called to serve in his same mission and arrived just as he was leaving. I’m so proud of you. He is awesome and inspirational. And then he came down—this sweet little old man with his soiled, bike-repairing hands—and he dabbed at his eyes and managed to say, through his emotions, ‘She’s sleeping now.’, “I remember vividly going out into that rain and weeping, conscious of a spiritual revelation—a kind of ‘coming-to-realize-what-I-had’ feeling. Little did Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Quentin L. Cook know that several decades later they would reunite in full-time gospel service as members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been reading the questions you are asking for ... audience who who is is concerned concerned there there are are reasons reasons that that people people can't can't serve serve a a mission mission there there are are reasons reasons that that people people can can go go on on a a mission mission in in the the first first place place we we know know that that we we … “What I really got was an education in Church government,” he said, speaking of his calling. … When he was on that mission, it was get up and go to work. The story was that a man who had been estranged from his Idaho family for 20 years was found by a brother he didn't know he had while the brother was serving a mission in California. “My greatest joy and my solemn obligation is to testify of Jesus Christ wherever I may go and with whomever I may be for as long as I shall live.”. Then the MTC choir sang a nice hymn. Elder Holland’s brother, Dennis, remembers that he was not surprised by the call. “All Jeff ever wanted to do was teach the gospel to students in a classroom,” he said. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. Looking back, both Apostles remember visiting the London Temple, a mission home on Exhibition Road, holding baptismal services in the Hyde Park Chapel, and learning from their mission presidents, one of which was Elder Marion D. Hanks, who served as a General Authority Seventy and in the Presidency of the Seventy. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to the quarantined missionaries of the Korea Seoul Mission by video conference on Feb. 27, 2020. Dieter F. Uchtdorf: Jeff Holland has a sparkle in his eye even as a youngster. (See related story.) Elder Holland was born on December 3, 1940, and grew up in St. George, Utah. Afterward, he asked his son what he felt, and Matt replied that he felt strongly they should go left. “There is something that happens with missionary companions, and most of the time it’s remarkable,” Elder Cook said. His mother remembers him as being always obedient. But for residents of Hiko, Nevada, nothing Elder Holland says inside the Conference Center could have a greater impact than what they witnessed nearly 20 years ago. On November 6, 2017, Holland announced that he would leave his position at UVU in June 2018 to serve as a mission president for the LDS Church. "Chapter 1: Growth & Development". Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Shares Keys to Missionary Success with MTC Missionaries,, ... Elder Holland assured the missionaries that the Lord will bless them as they go serve in faith. Elder Holland is known for his ability as a teacher. Then, as he was nearing graduation from Brigham Young University in 1965, he was offered an opportunity to teach religion part time at Brigham Young University the next year while he worked on a master’s degree in religious instruction. He served a mission to England from 1960 to 1962 before returning to St. George where he married his wife, Patricia Terry, whom he had courted prior to his mission. Holland's wife, Paige, is also … “I will never forget that.”. From that moment on, people were constantly … After a year of teaching institute in Hayward, California, he was appointed director of the Seattle [Washington] institute. “I pledge everything I have and everything I know how to give to witnessing and reaffirming the divinity of the Savior’s life and the restoration of his gospel,” he said. Elder Holland and his son Matt sing together during a meeting in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. On a visit to the Holy Land, the Hollands enjoy time with, among others, Howard W. Hunter (1907–1995), who later became the 14th President of Church, and James E. Faust (1920–2007), who later served as Second Counselor in the First Presidency. Elder Holland said President McKay was ill and the whole mission prayed he would be able to dedicate the chapel. “He had a profound influence on my life.”, Before his mission, he had every intention of becoming a doctor. One benefit of his high school involvement in athletics was it kept him close to the young woman who would later become his wife. “He never gave me any trouble,” his mother said. Working side by side again in that sacred place gave added meaning to their missionary and apostolic labors, they said. Elder Holland went on to recount his personal story 56 years ago about how he almost did not serve a mission because his parents were not active in the Church. “I have loved Elder Holland since those early days and sustain him as my senior now.”, Elder Holland deflected the praise back on Elder Cook, calling him “the best missionary of our generation.”, “There was no harder-working missionary ever. The LDS Church had just dropped the missionary age for young men to 19. Elders Jeffrey R. Holland and Quentin L. Cook, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and former mission companions in England in the early 1960s, pose at the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City on June 23, 2017. It’s really that important.”. Sister Patricia Holland, influenced his decision to serve a full-time mission before they were married. They met each other during high school and married after he returned from his mission. He suggested they meet by video again for scripture study the next week, but the coronavirus outbreak threatened to stop it. “I was very moved that this 80-year-old man would venture through the heavy East Anglian rain to seek out the spiritual help of two young boys.” The young Elder Holland and his companion administered to the frail lady, who was slowly dying and in such pain that she had not slept for 48 hours. Elder Cook and Elder Holland spent most of their missions in the greater London area and the south of England. Wrote in dedication: For Mom and Dad who believe their children could do anything. I’m so grateful that you’ve served. “I had wonderful missionary companions, and I love them to this day.”. 1. Their son Matt recalls that spiritual training was a part of everyday family life. Oct 10, 2018 - Jeffrey R. Holland is an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. 180 Years in England: Apostles Discuss Significance and Legacy of Missionary Work in the British Isles. Gospel Quotes. Then, on June 23, 1994, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s future was altered once more as he was called to serve in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Yesterday, the Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland came and spoke to us. Though he was active in the Church, enjoyed seminary, and lived the gospel, Elder Holland credits Pat’s faith with solidifying his determination to serve a mission at a time when it was not so clearly delineated that every worthy young man should go. Elder and Sister Holland enjoy spending time with their three children. Those prayers were answered, Elder Holland said. A man in his eighties—a member of the Church who fixed bicycles for a living and always fixed the elders’ bikes for free—came riding to the missionaries’ door one night in a torrent of rain to see if the elders would come and administer to his wife. Sister Holland spoke. After a year in Hayward, California, teaching atseveral institutes in the area, he was appointed director of the institutein Seattle. Where did he serve his full-time mission? “I remember leaving the old fellow and his wife up in the room as we went downstairs in their tiny house to put on our raincoats and get ready to go out. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland testifies of the power of prayer in a new #HearHim video released on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. Credit: YouTube screenshot. OCLC 12963965. Tonight we don’t have a lot of time. His father was an Irish immigrant who had formal education only up to the seventh grade. They forged an immediate bond and later served together as companions. As a result, he had tremendous success, even legendary success.”. He said that he will still be committed to the university until his replacement is … Additionally, Elder Holland’s parents served in the same mission at … The opening prayer was given by a missionary going to the Oklahoma City, OK Mission. Football, basketball, track, baseball. “Serving at UVU during the past nine years has been a signal honor and daily joy,” Holland said in the statement. He is awesome and inspirational. The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (below). “I have gone all over the world since saying my mission changed my life forever, but it was because of really good missionaries like Quentin Cook who taught me what a mission was to be. “Because of the war, a lot of them had lost their faith, but others had become quite introspective about their lives,” Elder Cook said. ... You Only Get One Chance To Serve A Mission Says Elder Holland. He was conscientious, no-nonsense, knew what he was there to do. Photo of the current members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles that is displayed in the office of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland on June 23, 2017. It seems like every good thing … During their time together, Elder Cook said he recognized in Elder Holland a “fabulous” talent for teaching the gospel, along with “enormous spiritual depth.”, “He was extremely good then, and there is nobody better in the Church at teaching,” Elder Cook said. “I am so grateful for the bond of love, appreciation, and gratitude for all these many years that we have been dear friends.”, “If it hadn’t been for the Quentin Cooks of the world (of whom there’s only one! When Jeffrey R. Holland took the helm of BYU, he did so with two principal goals in mind. Prior to being called as an Apostle, he was an instructor and administrator in the Church Educational System, and he also served as president of Brigham Young University. Replying that he had felt the same way, his father turned the truck to the left. “That really touched me,” Elder Holland said. He looks back on his service as “the major spiritual turning point of my life—the beginning of my beginnings” in mature gospel growth. By Sydney Walker . Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles. Seizing a teaching moment, Jeffrey Holland asked his son to pray for direction. Later, when he looked at the clock and realized that he had only 15 minutes to make it home, he ran from one end of St. George to the other. Elder Cook recalled one instance when the duo had a conversation with a woman who figured out they both had faithful, active mothers and less-active fathers. The experience prepared him for service in two other stake presidencies and as a regional representative before his call to serve as a General Authority. President Jeffrey R. Holland. Ten minutes later, they came to a dead end and returned to take the other route. October 06, 2003. Neither of your fathers were active in the Church?” the woman asked. On an outing when Matt was 12, he had his first experience with personal revelation. What sports did he play in High School? When I was a sophomore in high school, President Monson announced that worthy young women could serve a mission as early as age 19. He regarded it as an answer to prayer and felt privilegedto be hired as an institute teacher in the Church Educational System oncompletion of his graduate work in 1966. The two Apostles recently reflected on their missionary experiences while discussing the 180th anniversary of the Church opening missionary work in Great Britain. Brigham Young University: A House of Faith. With the arrival of a new mission president, Marion D. Hanks, came inspiration that changed his future.  In April 2018 it was ... Jeffrey R. Holland, was president of BYU and is currently a member of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “Jeff was in a position to lead his crowd away from church or toward it, and he chose always to go toward it,” said Karl Brooks, former mayor of St. George, Utah.