Following my call to the Quorum of the Twelve, I read all of the standard works again, with special concentration on anything said or done by the Savior. 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.1 Elder Hollands uniquely bold, passionate, and eloquent, yet down-to-earth style of teachin… For anyone out there seeking the courage to repent and change, I remind you that the Church is not a monastery for the isolation of perfect people. Nevertheless the soul that comes unto Christ dwells within a personal fortress, a veritable palace of perfect peace. It contains wonderful counsel for the difficult times we are facing.He reminds us that through our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ all things are possible, and that life can still be wonderful even though we face challenges. whereby man [or woman] can be saved in the kingdom of God” (2 Nephi 31:20–21). It is used often in the scriptures to describe Christ’s care for and attention to us. Inasmuch as I couldn’t sleep, I seemed to have more than the usual amount of time and privacy to consider these great teachings. (See also Frederic W. Farrar, The Life of Christ [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1994], pp. You can change. With all of this work lying before him, Jesus caps off this almost nonstop scriptural sequence with these verses, which every missionary has heard in responding to his or her call: But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. It shouldn’t, but it sometimes does. character” (that is also his phrase) maintained by the Savior and his willingness and ability to “forgive iniquity, transgression, and sin,” we would be, he said, “in constant doubt of salvation.” But because the Father and the Son are unchangeably “full of goodness” then, in the words of the Prophet, such knowledge “does away [with] doubt, and makes faith exceedingly strong” (Lectures on Faith 3:19–20). It is not His character [to do so]. That is the very center of our message. Jeffrey R. Holland was a member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this fireside address was delivered at Brigham Young University on 2 March 1997. He is an unchangeable being; the same yesterday, the same today, and He will be the same throughout the eternal ages to come. But as he went about preaching and teaching, he bound up all manner of wounds in the process. What a wonderful gift this time with Elder Holland was. I pray this for you and for those you can help, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ. [Matthew 8:16–17; emphasis added]. One of the grand ironies of the gospel is that the very source of help and safety being offered us is the thing from which we may, in our mortal shortsightedness, flee. 142 Pins • 6.4k Followers. Too often too many of us run from the very things that will bless us and save us and soothe us. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can be helped. do not even the publicans the same? They can’t help but bless us. This scriptural account reminds us that the first step in coming to Christ—or his coming to us—may fill us with something very much like sheer terror. Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. He is the way. I am very conscious that your speaker last month was President Gordon B. Hinckley. But don’t reserve a place for me. Specifically he said that unless we believe Christ to be “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, long-suffering and full of goodness,” that unless we can rely on these unchanging attributes, we would never have the faith necessary to claim the blessings of heaven. Public Figure. overrideCardHideByline=false , and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. Dallin H. Oaks. Religious Center (206) 523-0846. We even had our own Fonzie—black leather jacket and all. Then he wishes us to give comfort to others. It is their nature. [2 Corinthians 1:3–4]. For whatever the reason, I have seen investigators run from baptism, I have seen elders run from a mission call, I have seen sweethearts run from marriage, and I have seen young couples run from the fear of families and the future. . It was intimate and personal! [Matthew 9:35]. I think that is what he meant when he said, “Come; see what I do and watch how I spend my time.”. Finally recognizing the Master that night, Peter exclaimed, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.”. Jeffrey R. Holland: Author. Even as he calls us to come to him and follow him, he is unfailingly running to help us. 6,635 talking about this. To anyone struggling under the burden of sin, we say again with the Prophet Joseph that God has “a forgiving disposition” (Lectures on Faith 3:20). . And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? | Mormon Literature & Creative Arts Database. Now that I am nearly over those feelings of loneliness and shattered self-esteem, I cannot bring myself to see all of the class and run the risk of remembering all of that again. 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 1 April 1989. Publishing, 1987–92), 2:185; emphasis added]. . Among competition from Harvard, Carnegie Mellon and other top schools, BYU students swept the contest, winning all of the first-place juried prizes. overrideTextAlignment= In the midst of all that fun, I remember the terribly painful letter written by one very bright—but, in her childhood, somewhat overweight and less than popular—young woman who wrote something like this: Congratulations to all of us for having survived long enough to have a 20-year class reunion. The winds must have been ferocious from the start. Drawing upon my vast background of children’s bedtime stories, I say you can pick your poultry. [Matthew 4:23–24], Then, following the Sermon on the Mount, in rapid succession, he heals a leper, the servant of a centurion, Peter’s mother-in-law, and. Someone sitting within reasonable proximity to you tonight is carrying a spiritual or physical or emotional burden of some sort or some other affliction drawn from life’s catalog of a thousand kinds of sorrow. He knows it all, and he knows the way. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (5701 8th Avenue Northeast, Seattle) 5701 8th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, Washington 98105. Here in the shadow of the 21st century we are more often to face slightly more metaphysical sicknesses than those biblical ills of old like leprosy and consumption. Savior, may I learn to love thee— The source for this wonderful selection is the eleventh chapter of Matthew, verses 28–30. overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= For virtually all of us it means to live more by the promptings and promises of the Holy Ghost and to “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.”. We plead for him to swing open the gates of heaven in our behalf and trust everlastingly that he will, based upon our faithfulness. deutsch - kanadischer Eishockeyspieler Jeffrey R Holland 1940 US - amerikanischer Repräsentant des Mormonentums Jennifer Holland Autorin US - amerikanische amtierender Präsident des Kollegiums seit dem 14. Elder Holland has now served as a general authority for more than 25 years, and his service as a leader in various capacities within the Church Educational System extends for more than two decades prior to that. Then, through the storm and darkness—when the ocean seems so great and little boats seem so small—there came the ultimate and reassuring voice of peace from their Master. overrideTextAlignment=. While his eyes were fixed upon the Lord the wind could toss his hair and the spray could drench his robes, but all was well—he was coming to Christ. When Andrew and Philip first heard Christ speak, they were so moved, so spellbound that they followed him as he left the crowd. That is exactly what Paul said to the Corinthians. There is not a single loophole or curveball or open trench to fall into for the man or woman who walks the path that Christ walks. I would show a gentle heart. They cried out in terror at the sight, thinking that it was a phantom upon the waves. [Matthew 5:46–47]. In fact, you look younger to me every year of my life!) I would learn the healer’s art. Once we have come unto Christ and found the miracle of his “covenant of peace,” I think we are under obligation to help others do so, just as Paul said in that verse to the Corinthians—to live as much like he lived as we possibly can and to do as much of what he did in order that others may walk in this same peace and have this same reassurance. clock. Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. None of us is so free of difficulty ourselves or so endowed with time and money that we can do nothing but tend “the wounded and the weary.” Nevertheless, in looking to the Savior’s life for an example, I suspect we can probably find a way to do a little more of that than we do. The hills and the mountains may disappear. Isn’t that the phrase we used to use as children when we had a bump or a bruise? In acknowledging that, I make an appeal for us to reach beyond our own contentment, to move out of our own comfort and companion zone, to reach those who may not always be so easy to reach. I submit to you that may be one of the Savior’s commandments that is, even in the hearts of otherwise faithful Latter-day Saints, almost universally disobeyed; and yet I wonder whether our resistance to this invitation could be any more grievous to the Lord’s merciful heart. This fireside will be one of those mission memories that will be forever unforgettable. Quotable Quotes. Those are important and, like the tithes of mint and anise and cummin Christ spoke of, should be observed—but not without attention to the weightier matters of the kingdom, first and foremost of which is a personal spiritual relationship with deity, including the Savior, whose kingdom this is. In that same spirit, I am convinced that none of us can appreciate how deeply it wounds the loving heart of the Savior of the world when he finds that his people do not feel confident in his care or secure in his hands or trust in his commandments. But I wish to suggest tonight that in context it surely is a call to heal one another as well. [“Freedom of the Saints,” in Collected Discourses, comp. Didn’t we say to Mom or Dad, “Make it better.” Well, lots of people on your right hand and on your left are carrying bumps and bruises that they hope will be healed and made whole. . Fireside – All Italy with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. Jesus certainly did his missionary work, and he did that first. One element is the question, to every one of us, “What seek ye? When the storms of life make this difficult, may we still follow his bidding to “come,” keeping our eye fixed on him forever and single to his glory. Find Jeffery Holland in the United States. Official Facebook page for Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. I think that my problem was not that I had too few friends but almost too many—maybe more friends than anyone I know. Perhaps sometimes we come to Christ too obliquely, focusing on structure or methods or elements of Church administration. Do you know its meaning? Do whatever you have to do to come into the fold and be blessed. It is the heaviest cross men and women ever bear. Results 1-26 of 26 Current facets: xRecord Type: Work; xContributor: Holland, Jeffrey R. Narrow your search: Area. Let me quote the marvelous James E. Talmage on this matter: Into every adult human life come experiences like unto the battling of the storm-tossed voyagers with contrary winds and threatening seas; ofttimes the night of struggle and danger is far advanced before succor appears; and then, too frequently the saving aid is mistaken for a greater terror. Mormon Literature & Creative Arts. Brian H. Stuy, 5 vols. It comes from an unusual incident in the life of the Savior that holds a lesson for us all. 105) stretched out his hand and grasped the drowning disciple with the gentle rebuke “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14:31). Just because God is God, just because Christ is Christ, they cannot do other than care for us and bless us and help us if we will but come unto them, approaching their throne of grace in meekness and lowliness of heart. Relationship Work Contributors Genre; Includes "And They Knew It Not" Boyd K. Packer: Includes: A Challenge to Young … The name Jeffery Holland has over 172 birth records, 14 death records, 68 criminal/court records, 616 address records, 108 phone records and more. On the example of the Savior himself and his call to his apostles, and with the need for peace and comfort ringing in our ears, I ask you to be a healer, be a helper, be someone who joins in the work of Christ in lifting burdens, in making the load lighter, in making things better. I don’t know what things may be troubling you personally tonight, but, even knowing how terrific you are and how faithfully you are living, I would be surprised if someone somewhere weren’t troubled by a transgression or the temptation of transgression. We have found that God. Having wanted that for you tonight, that is one thing I would now ask from you tonight—healing, healing for others, healing for those you love and, yes, perhaps especially for those you don’t. More than a year ago. LDS Living. This was also the title of his talk. And while I believe you to be the greatest generation of young adults ever to live in this Church, nevertheless the world around you is an increasingly hostile and sinful place. I would be my brother’s keeper; overrideTextColor= One last piece of counsel regarding coming to Christ. Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Close Audio. “I have called you friends,” the Savior said in one of his highest compliments to his disciples (John 15:15). I know of no other way for you to be able to carry your burdens or find what Jacob called “that happiness which is prepared for the saints” (2 Nephi 9:43). [Matthew 9:36–38]. Home; Browse Works; Results 1-4 of 4 for: * country: USA content_type: Significant Mormon Elements distribution_type: Satellite Broadcast length: each an hour . Some of you seem to have so many blessings and so many wonderful choices ahead of you. The fireside will be broadcast live on the Church satellite system, BYU Television and byubroadcasting.org. We were still doing that in 1989 when I was called to full-time service as a General Authority. To the wounded and the weary Maybe I can come at the 30-year mark. Public Figure. Trying to help them keep their chin up—and the Corinthians had a lot to be grim about—he wrote: Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. But, as always, Christ was watching over them. We Count Our Successes in Lives: Health versus Health Care, BYU Speeches That is why we make solemn covenants based on Christ’s atoning sacrifice, and that is why we take upon us his name. Notes. My beloved colleagues in the Church Educational System, thank you for this privilege to be with you. When Jeffrey R. Holland was called to be an apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his brother Dennis remarked that he was not surprised: All Jeff ever wanted to do was teach the gospel to students in a classroom, he said. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. many that were possessed with devils . Public Figure. Summary. In their moment of great extremity, the disciples looked and saw in the darkness this wonder in a fluttering robe coming toward them on the ridges of the sea. My desire for you tonight is to have more straightforward experience with the Savior’s life and teachings. overrideTextAlignment= We aren’t told all of the circumstances of the disciples as they set out in their boat, but it was toward evening, and certainly it was a night of storm. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. This was also the title of his talk. I can tell you this as a parent: As concerned as I would be if somewhere in their lives one of my children were seriously troubled or unhappy or disobedient, nevertheless I would be infinitely more devastated if I felt that at such a time that child could not trust me to help, or should feel his or her interest were unimportant to me or unsafe in my care. It is more like a hospital provided for those who wish to get well. overrideCardHideSection=false But whoever you are and wherever you find yourself as you seek your way in life, I offer you tonight “the way . I have wept for her—my friend—and other friends like her in our youth for whom I and a lot of others obviously were not masters of “the healer’s art.” We simply were not the Savior’s agents or disciples that he intended a group of young people to be. 434.3k Followers, 24 Following, 41 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Jeffrey R. Holland (@jeffreyrholland) . Public Figure . However halting our steps are toward him—though they shouldn’t be halting at all—his steps are never halting toward us. To you, wherever you may be, I say, Come unto him and lay down your burden. Some of you know what you want to be and where you want to go with your lives, and some of you don’t. . And Christ said, “Come and see.” Just a short time later he formally called Peter and others of the new apostles with the same spirit of invitation, “Come, follow me” (see Matthew 4:19). Anyway, an effort was made to find current addresses for the entire class and get everyone to the reunion. It is a wonderful missionary scripture. That was the hymn Elder Jeffrey R. Holland requested to have the congregation sing to begin the CES Devotional that was held on September 9, 2012. I might not have been able to heal all the wounds of those I met in my young adult years—your years—but I can’t help think that if I had tried even harder to be more of a healer, more of a helper, a little less focused on myself, and a little more centered on others, some days in the lives of those God placed in my path would have been much better. Currently, he is the fourth most senior apostle in the church. Hank Smith. Instantly, as was his nature, Peter sprang over the vessel’s side and into the troubled waves. Jesus taught the same thing to the Nephites, who also lived in a difficult world. and the life” (John 14:6). Motivational Speaker. We all have problems, and ultimately each individual has to take responsibility for his or her own happiness. As I put somewhat new and often tear-filled eyes to the scriptures, I saw perhaps for the first time the majesty of Christ’s healing influence—probably because I was needing so much of that myself. As the Savior’s ministry in the New Testament began, Matthew records: And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. pin. I am particularly grateful for this beautiful choral rendition provided by the institute choir from Snow College. The Lord has probably spoken enough such “comforting words” to supply the whole universe, it would seem, and yet we see all around us unhappy Latter-day Saints, worried Latter-day Saints, and gloomy Latter-day Saints into whose troubled hearts not one of these innumerable consoling words seems to be allowed to enter. Right after our marriage it was our career decision and good fortune to sign on with the Church Educational System and—one way or another—spend the next 24 years of our lives with you. And Christ’s answer to him was as it always is, to all of us: “Come,” he said. His transition was a quote from some guy that I didn't write down, nor can I quote him exactly but he said while many consider liberty jail to be just that a jail.
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