Official Church statement: Elder Holland taking 2 months off to focus on health

Elder and Sister Holland express gratitude ‘for all the prayers and outpouring of support offered in their behalf’

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is taking two months off to focus on his health, according to an official statement released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday, April 6.

Elder Holland, who did not attend any sessions of the Church’s April 2023 general conference after being diagnosed with COVID-19, is also dealing with a kidney condition and undergoing dialysis, according to the statement.

“As announced last weekend, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was excused from general conference due to the fact he and Sister Patricia Holland are both suffering from the effects of COVID,” Church officials wrote in the statement. “Elder Holland also recently began dialysis for a kidney condition. Consequently, the First Presidency has excused him from all Church assignments and meetings for at least two months to allow his medical treatments and recovery to take full effect. Elder and Sister Holland note that they are very grateful for all the prayers and outpouring of support offered in their behalf at this time.”

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