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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: 'The Ministry of Reconciliation'

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Notable quotes:

These are a few memorable quotes from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s October 2018 general conference address:

  1. “I testify of the tranquility to the soul that reconciliation with God and each other will bring if we're meek and courageous enough to pursue it.”
  2. “But notwithstanding even the most terrible offenses that might come to us, we can rise above our pain only when we put our feet onto the path of true healing.”
  3. “My beloved brothers and sisters, I testify that forgiving and forsaking offenses, old or new, is central to the grandeur of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.”

Talk summary:

An even more personal aspect of ministering is the ministry of reconciliation.

“If ye … desire to come unto me, and rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee — Go thy way unto thy brother, and first be reconciled to (him), and then come unto me with full purpose of heart, and I will receive you” (3 Nephi 12:23-24).

Forgiving and forsaking offenses, old or new, is central to the grandeur of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

“With the apostolic authority granted me by the Savior of the world, I testify of the tranquility to the soul that reconciliation with God and each other will ring if we are meek and courageous enough to pursue it. ‘Cease to contend one with another,’ the Savior pled.”

Speaker snapshot:

  • Elder Holland will have been ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for 25 years in June 2019.
  • After being called to the Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Holland presided over the Europe North Area from 1990-1993.
  • He was the ninth president of Brigham Young University.
  • Elder Holland has advanced degrees from BYU in English and religious education.
  • He received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University.
  • During his young years he was a varsity athlete at Dixie High School and Dixie College in his hometown of St. George, Utah.
  • Elder Holland has written 15 books, two of which he co-authored with his wife, Sister Patricia Holland.
  • He married Patricia Terry in 1963, and they have three children, 13 grandchildren.

Application:

Elder Holland invited Church members to be peacemakers in their lives.

“My beloved friends in our shared ministry of reconciliation I am asking you to be a peacemaker. I make that appeal in the name of the Prince of Peace, who knows everything about being 'wounded in the house of (His) friends,’ but who still found the strength to forgive and forget — and heal.”

On the web:

  • On Elder Holland’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts he shares some memorable moments of his ministry.
  • Here are a couple of recents posts from Elder Holland on finding happiness and the power of optimism:

Then and now:

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