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Video: How health challenges have brought Elder and Sister Holland closer to the Lord

“I have felt like everything I have done that’s been a challenge has driven me closer and closer to the Lord — everything,” Sister Holland said in the video “Earned Empathy”

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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Patricia Holland, pose at his home in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News


Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Patricia T. Holland, have both dealt with major health challenges in recent years. In each case, their health deteriorated to the point of life or death.

“I have felt like everything I have done that’s been a challenge has driven me closer and closer to the Lord — everything. I don’t think you can have light without having darkness, and that kind of hope carries you,” Sister Holland says.

In this Church News video, titled “Earned Empathy,” Elder and Sister Holland speak about their health. While some may question why those who are faithful suffer, Elder Holland explains trials and challenges have come to the “best people I’ve ever known, and certainly the best people I’ve ever read about.”

In many ways, the Hollands’ lives have been shaped by and dedicated to the Savior Jesus Christ and His Church. Elder Holland has served as a general authority since April 1989 and is a former president of Brigham Young University. Sister Holland served as a counselor in the Young Women general presidency.

Speaking of “earned empathy” — a phrase coined by the late Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — Elder Holland says it is important “to know that real people out there have real problems.”

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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Sister Patricia T. Holland and their three children pose for a family photo.

Screenshot from YouTube

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