Elder Holland turns 79 years old today. Here’s a look at what he’s been up to this year

Today, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles celebrates his 79th birthday. For this occasion, we’re taking a look back at some of his assignments and devotional addresses from this year.

Seminary curriculum to align with ‘Come, Follow Me’ beginning 2019 — here’s what you need to know about the change

In a video released on March 22, Elder Holland — accompanied by Elder Kim B. Clark, then-General Authority Seventy and commissioner of the Church Educational System; Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president; and Chad H. Webb, Seminary and Institutes of Religion administrator — discussed how seminary study would align with the new “Come, Follow Me” curriculum and what that means for seminary students and teachers.

“We think this is a tremendous development at this time when our young people need evermore strength,” Elder Holland said. “We think is a wonderful alignment … with what the rest of the Church is doing. And we believe that it’s going to be wonderfully symbiotic with the … Church-supported — and now we add Seminary supported — home-centered, gospel study.”



‘Remember and never forget’: Elder Holland teaches graduates how to have guaranteed happiness

On April 12, Elder Holland challenged BYU-Idaho graduates to not merely “recollect” all that their school stands for, but to “remember” the lessons of the Church-owned institution of learning.

“To quote Rudyard Kipling, you are all ‘captains and kings’ today, the featured stars of this drama, center stage, and rightly so,” he said. “We want this to be one of the greatest days of your life. Take photos. Sign autographs. Hang your diploma on the wall. Use all of these ways to preserve your memories of these years, and let those remnants of this day remind you what so many have done for you in order that you could be here today.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland bids farewell to the graduates following the April 12, 2019, Winter Commencement at BYU-Idaho.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland bids farewell to the graduates following the April 12, 2019, Winter Commencement at BYU-Idaho.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks at the April 12, 2019, BYU-Idaho Winter Commencement.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks at the April 12, 2019, BYU-Idaho Winter Commencement.

Elder Holland rededicates ‘stunningly beautiful’ Memphis temple

Elder Holland rededicated the Memphis Tennessee Temple on Sunday, May 15, after the building had been closed for 18 months for renovations. “In a demandingly short period of time, this temple has been turned into a classic,” he said of the temple.

Elder Jeffery R. Holland and Sister Patricia Holland stand near the entrance of the Memphis Tennessee Temple after touring through the recently renovated temple on May 4, 2019.
Elder Jeffery R. Holland and Sister Patricia Holland stand near the entrance of the Memphis Tennessee Temple after touring through the recently renovated temple on May 4, 2019.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Sister Patricia Holland greet members as they leave the Memphis Tennessee Temple following the rededication ceremony on May 5, 2019.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Sister Patricia Holland greet members as they leave the Memphis Tennessee Temple following the rededication ceremony on May 5, 2019.

Elder Holland tells Latter-day Saints in Mexico that Christ is the ‘Master Repairman’

The importance of eternal families and creating close family relationships was a theme of many of the messages shared by Elder Holland while speaking to Church members on a tour through central Mexico May 24-June 3. 

In a devotional broadcast to young single adults throughout Mexico, Elder Holland counseled them to think about what they can do for the Church instead of what the Church can do for them. “Move from reliance to self-reliance. Move to adulthood,” he said.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addresses members during a special stake conference at the Tula Mexico Stake Center north of Mexico City on Sunday, May 26, 2019.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addresses members during a special stake conference at the Tula Mexico Stake Center north of Mexico City on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Credit: Esli Dan Hernandez Gomez, Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles puts his arm around a young man as he leaves a special stake conference at the Tula Mexico Stake Center located north of Mexico City on Sunday, May 26, 2019.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles puts his arm around a young man as he leaves a special stake conference at the Tula Mexico Stake Center located north of Mexico City on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Credit: Esli Dan Hernandez Gomez, Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Elder Holland challenges seminary, institute instructors to teach with ‘power and authority’

During a global broadcast to seminary and institute teachers on June 12, Elder Holland said that a student is not a container to be filled but “a fire to be ignited.”

“As teachers, we are to be spiritual arsonists. Our lessons are to be incendiary devices.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Seminaries and Institutes Annual Training Broadcast on June 12, 2019.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Seminaries and Institutes Annual Training Broadcast on June 12, 2019.

Here are Elder Holland’s key insights about the Atonement of Christ, Fall of Adam

During a Sunday night devotional on June 23 to 1,499 missionaries at the Provo Missionary Training Center and 164 couples there for training in the 2019 New Mission Leadership Seminar, Elder Holland delivered a message titled “Your purpose and the doctrine of Christ.”

“Your missionary message is that with a complete offering of His body, His blood and the anguish of His spirit, Christ atoned for the initial transgression of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and also paid the personal price for the accumulated sins of everyone else who would ever live in this world from Adam to the end of time,” Elder Holland said.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks at a Sunday evening devotional at the Provo Missionary Training Center on June 23, 2019.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks at a Sunday evening devotional at the Provo Missionary Training Center on June 23, 2019. Credit: Leslie Nilsson, Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Elder Holland explains how to ‘be of good cheer’ despite challenges of last days

Speaking to about 11,000 students in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, Utah, on Sept. 22, Elder Holland charged young adults to “be of good cheer” despite the trials of the last days.

“We are indeed the most blessed people in the history of the world,” Elder Holland said. “Truly we live in a magnificent day, and it is directly linked to the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in this, the last and greatest dispensation in the history of the world.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland greets Utah State University Student Association President Sami Ahmed, joined by regional church leaders and Edward Hegemann, director of the Logan Institute of Religion. Elder Holland spoke at a devotional at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Sept. 22, 2019 in Logan, Utah.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland greets Utah State University Student Association President Sami Ahmed, joined by regional church leaders and Edward Hegemann, director of the Logan Institute of Religion. Elder Holland spoke at a devotional at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Sept. 22, 2019 in Logan, Utah. Credit: Photo by Iain Laurence, The Utah Statesman

Elder Holland gives an inside look to miracles that made the BYU Jerusalem Center possible

During the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the BYU Jerusalem Center, Elder Holland shared four lessons he learned from the miracles that took place to bring about the center.

First, the Lord can do His own work. Second, people were in the right place at the right time to bring about this large miracle. Third, in the work of the Lord, press forward with courage. Finally, the full potential of the BYU Jerusalem Center is still unrealized. 

“I don’t know what it will mean a generation after we’re gone or what future purposes the Lord will have for it, but I hope students from all over the world can be blessed by it. My testimony to you is that the Lord wanted that center built and has it there for great purposes that we now see only dimly,” he said.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland greets former BYU Jerusalem Center students during the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the BYU Jerusalem Center on Oct. 11, 2019, in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium on the BYU campus in Provo, Utah.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland greets former BYU Jerusalem Center students during the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the BYU Jerusalem Center on Oct. 11, 2019, in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium on the BYU campus in Provo, Utah. Credit: Nate Edwards, BYU
President Russell M. Nelson, left, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland look over the view at the BYU Jerusalem Center in Jerusalem on April 14, 2018. Elder Holland spoke of the miracles that made the BYU Jerusalem Center possible during the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the center on Oct. 11 on the BYU campus in Provo, Utah.
President Russell M. Nelson, left, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland look over the view at the BYU Jerusalem Center in Jerusalem on April 14, 2018. Elder Holland spoke of the miracles that made the BYU Jerusalem Center possible during the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the center on Oct. 11 on the BYU campus in Provo, Utah. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Elder Holland explains how BYU-Hawaii is part of an experiment to establish Zion

Weeks before the centennial of the dedication of the Laie Hawaii Temple, Elder Holland spoke to BYU-Hawaii students in a devotional address on Oct. 22 about their unique privilege to learn from both the temple and the university in the prophetic goal of establishing Zion.

“If you will persevere throughout your life as you have begun in your degree programs here and if you will be true to what Latter-day Saint temples and universities stand for — what Zion stands for — I promise you in the name of the Lord that your future will unfold as He intended it before the foundation of the world,” he told BYU-Hawaii students.

From left, President John S. Tanner, BYU-Hawaii president; Elder Jeffrey R. Holland; Sister Patricia Holland; and Sister Susan W. Tanner.
From left, President John S. Tanner, BYU-Hawaii president; Elder Jeffrey R. Holland; Sister Patricia Holland; and Sister Susan W. Tanner. Credit: Monique Saenz, BYU-Hawaii
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks during a devotional at BYU-Hawaii on Oct. 22.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks during a devotional at BYU-Hawaii on Oct. 22. Credit: Monique Saenz, BYU-Hawaii

Elder and Sister Holland return home, celebrate courage, grit that defines their Dixie upbringing

Elder Holland and his wife, Sister Patricia Holland, returned home to St. George on Oct. 24-25  to attend their 60-year Dixie High School reunion and participate in a Dixie State University alumni homecoming event.

“Home is home for everyone,” he said. “But … there’s something special about southern Utah. For us, it’s the heritage, the faith and hard, hard circumstances with which this area was settled.”

Patricia Holland, right, wife of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, leans in to help with a musical quiz at the 60th reunion for the Dixie High School class of 1959 on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in St. George.
Patricia Holland, right, wife of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, leans in to help with a musical quiz at the 60th reunion for the Dixie High School class of 1959 on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in St. George. Credit: Nick Adams, for the Deseret News
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, left, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shakes hands with classmate Don Earl at the 60th reunion for the Dixie High School class of 1959 on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in St. George.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, left, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shakes hands with classmate Don Earl at the 60th reunion for the Dixie High School class of 1959 on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in St. George. Credit: Nick Adams, for the Deseret News

Elder Holland visits Southeast Africa during ‘remarkable time of growth’

Elder and Sister Holland traveled to Southeast Africa Nov. 9-16, visiting South Africa, Angola and Mozambique. Elder Holland encouraged all to come unto Christ and be grateful for the gift of His grace, His Atonement, and His direction in our lives. “If we refuse the gift, we refuse the giver,” he said, quoting Doctrine and Covenants 88:33.

Sister Patricia Holland, left, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, right, stand with Judith Mahlangu, middle, a recently returned missionary, following a multi-stake conference at the Gallagher Convention Center near Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019.
Sister Patricia Holland, left, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, right, stand with Judith Mahlangu, middle, a recently returned missionary, following a multi-stake conference at the Gallagher Convention Center near Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles stands next to Judith Mahlangu, a recently returned missionary, at the pulpit during a multi-stake conference at the Gallagher Convention Center near Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles stands next to Judith Mahlangu, a recently returned missionary, at the pulpit during a multi-stake conference at the Gallagher Convention Center near Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.