Let people repent. By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Sister Holland and I were married about the time both of us were reading poems like that in BYU classrooms. overrideCardHideByline= Faith always has to do with blessings and truths and events that will yet be efficacious in our lives. Little by little this man’s Pauline effort to leave that which was behind and grasp the prize that God had laid before him was gradually diminished until he died about the way he had lived in his youth. That is not good. As a boy he enjoyed sports (especially baseball) and played on every kind of team he could. Zero. The story of the prodigal son testifies that no matter how mild or how severe our sins, there is always a way back to light, peace, and eternal life. To be tied to earlier mistakes—our own or other people’s—is the worst kind of wallowing in the past from which we are called to cease and desist. It stands in terrible opposition to the grandeur and majesty of the Atonement of Christ. Apparently she thought—fatally, as it turned out—that nothing that lay ahead could possibly be as good as those moments she was leaving behind. The future holds nothing for us.”, Then my beloved little bride did what she has done for 45 years since then. I can do some things. It was “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). We had absolutely no money. He wanted to increase significantly BYU's academic vitality and accomplishments, while strengthening and emphasizing its unique religious nature. Devotional or Speech given at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. ... Jeffrey R. Holland 1986 Devotional By Jeffrey R. Holland, November 07, 1986 President, BYUH . He is a former Church commissioner of education and dean of the College of Religious Education at BYU. It is not Christian. Author: Speech "Come unto Me" Author: Speech "How Do I Love Thee?" For his work in improving understanding between Christians and Jews he was awarded the "Torch of Liberty" award by the Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai B'rith. Classic BYU Speeches BYU Speeches Espiritualidades Ouvir em Apple Podcasts. It is Luke 17:32, where the Savior cautions, “Remember Lot’s wife.”. What does a new year or a new semester or a new major or a new romance hold for me? I just want to talk to you for a few minutes about looking back and looking ahead. overridebuttonBgColor= In his 1982 BYU address “The Inconvenient Messiah,” Jeffrey R. Holland, then president of the university, warned against the dangers of subscribing to “convenient Christianity.”… Continue reading. And he died even more sadly than Miniver Cheevy, though as far as I know the story, through absolutely no fault of his own. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland implores us to “Remember Lot’s Wife,” to avoid looking back, and to instead look toward the future with faith in the Lord. 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 April 1, 1989. Contents. She grabbed me by the lapels and said, “We are not going back. A student leader and varsity athlete at Dixie High School and Dixie College in his native St. George, Utah, he received his bachelor and master degrees in English and religious education, respectively, from Brigham Young University. You have had, will have, and now have better university presidents than I was, but you’ll never have one who loves you and loves this university more than I do. In these cases of marriage and family and wards and apartments and neighborhoods, we can end up destroying so many, many others. He eventually joined the army and had some successful experiences there in getting an education and generally stepping away from his past. Such is the wonder of faith and repentance and the miracle of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s recall who Lot’s wife was. President and Sister Samuelson, we do love you. That is a New Year’s resolution I ask you to keep, and I leave a blessing on you—every one of you—to be able to do so and to be happy, in the name of Him who makes it all possible, even the Lord Jesus Christ, amen. Jeffrey R. Holland was born in St. George, Utah. Hmmm. From 1980 until his call as a General Authority in 1989, Jeffrey R. Holland served as the ninth president of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. May 12, 2020 - Explore BYU Speeches's board "Inspiring Quotes", followed by 2302 people on Pinterest. In more than a decade of visiting the site I have never seen a day where at least two speeches from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and at least one from Elder Neal A. Maxwell aren’t in the most viewed of all time. 5 He obtained master and doctor of philosophy degrees in American Studies from Yale University. Mon. Is it charity? In effect, this has been Israel’s history down through the ages. In a Brigham Young University devotional, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles tells the story of Lot’s wife. That is probably going to result in some ugly morsel being dug up out of your landfill with the reply, “Yeah, I remember it. Lorenzo Snow Administration Building Room 200 He inherited seemingly unending selflessness from his mother and his fathers Irish wit. Jeffrey Roy Holland (born December 3, 1940) is an American educator and religious leader. Apparently when he returned quite successful and quite reborn, the same old mind-set that had existed before was still there, waiting for his return. L. Tom Perry Special Collections. And when it comes to mind again, forget it again. General conference. The story of the prodigal son testifies that no matter how mild or how severe our sins, there is always a way back to light, peace, and eternal life. ; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed” (Genesis 19:17; emphasis added). Watch Live Stream. From 1980 to 1989, Holland was "first lady" of Brigham Young University (BYU) where her husband, Jeffrey R. Holland, was president. Keep your eyes on your dreams, however distant and far away. We’re thrilled to be with you on it, and we love you personally with all our hearts. For a variety of reasons, neither of our families was able to help finance our education. So a more theological way to talk about Lot’s wife is to say that she did not have faith. Search. Twenty years later I would, on occasion, look out of the window of the President’s Home across the street from the Brimhall Building and picture there on the sidewalk two newlywed BYU students, down on their money and down even more on their confidence. "With all else you have learned here, may you leave this great school secure in the promise of God’s unfailing love for you and the blessing of … Somewhere on that path we stopped and wondered what we had gotten ourselves into. Laie, Hawaii 96762-1293, (808) 675-3457 "In this final canonized statement of the Liberty Jail experience, the … And soon enough everyone comes out of that exchange dirty and muddy and unhappy and hurt, when what God, our Father in Heaven, pleads for is cleanliness and kindness and happiness and healing. Sister Holland walked in and said, “I think I’m going to cry.” You have to understand: Give yourselves 20 or 30 years—then you’ll know how we feel coming back here. overrideTextAlignment=, Zion: Temples of Learning and Temples of Faith, Jeffrey R. Holland, Dan Marriott, Marvin J. Ashton Devotional. BYU–Hawaii #1952 - Fri., 8 am - 5 pm She was a counselor in the Young Women General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1984 to 1986. ... Sign up for the BYU Speeches newsletter to receive monthly inspiration. I can get a good job and carve out a good living for us. A little hope in your inbox. Jeffrey R. Holland. God doesn’t care nearly as much about where you have been as He does about where you are and, with His help, where you are willing to go. I don’t recall that she quoted Paul, but there was certainly plenty in her voice that said she was committed to setting aside all that was past in order to “press toward the mark” and seize the prize of God that lay yet ahead. So, if history is this important—and it surely is—what did Lot’s wife do that was so wrong? Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 23, 1994. Speeches. But I do want to talk to you about the past and the future, not so much in terms of New Year’s commitments per se, but more with an eye toward any time of transition and change in your lives—and those moments come virtually every day of our lives. Convocations. Classic BYU Speeches BYU Speeches Spirituality 4.9 • 12 Ratings; Listen on Apple Podcasts. When things got too sinful, or there was too much secularization in society, or life with the Gentiles was destroying the moral code and commandments God had given, the children of the covenant would be sent fleeing into the wilderness to reestablish Zion and start all over again. Others noticed that he had the ability to influence his friends and always set the example of balancing fun and gospel living. He is the author of eight books, one of which he co-authored with his wife, Patricia. Devotional by Jeffrey R. Holland on December 1st 1998, titled: "Christmas Comfort" Tags. I would see you sometimes as couples, sometimes as a group of friends, sometimes as just a lone student. Don’t keep going back with your little sand pail and beach shovel to dig it up, wave it around, and then throw it at someone, saying, “Hey! He served as president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAPICU), on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Presidents Commission. Later in his life he moved away from his community. See all books authored by Jeffrey R. Holland, including For Times of Trouble, and Broken Things to Mend, and more on ThriftBooks.com. BYU’s podcast ... a Ring, and a Fatted Calf | Jeffrey R. Holland, Jan 1984. She stood there in the sunlight that day and gave me a real talk. He served a mission to England from 1960 to 1962 before returning to St. George where he married his wife, Patricia … The address can be found in a variety of formats at speeches.byu.edu. In the time we have this morning, I am not going to talk to you about the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, nor of the comparison the Lord Himself has made to those days and our own time. __________________________ Life that day seemed so overwhelming, and the undergraduate plus graduate years that we still anticipated before us seemed monumental, nearly insurmountable. After reviewing the very privileged and rewarding life of his early years—his birthright, his education, his standing in the Jewish community—Paul says that all of that was nothing (“dung” he calls it) compared to his conversion to Christianity. 55-220 Kulanui Street Bldg 5 Or would it be better to look back, to go back, to go home? Will life be sound? From 1980 until his call as a General Authority in 1989 Jeffrey R. Holland served as the ninth president of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Jeffrey R. Holland was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this devotional address was given on 13 January 2009. We started this hour with a little verse remembered from one of my BYU English classes. I am thrilled to be … If something is buried in the past, leave it buried. He has served on the governing boards of a number of civic and business related corporations and has received the “Distinguished Eagle Scout” award from the Boy Scouts of America. Is that faith? See more ideas about quotes, inspirational quotes, byu. It is here at this moment in this little story that we wish Lot’s wife had been a student at BYU enrolled in a freshman English class. She doubted the Lord’s ability to give her something better than she already had. The future holds everything for us.”. Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this commencement address on April 26, 2018. Dismiss the destructive and keep dismissing it until the beauty of the Atonement of Christ has revealed to you your bright future and the bright future of your family and your friends and your neighbors. Yes! It was a living demonstration of faith. Now, like the Anti-Nephi-Lehies of the Book of Mormon, bury your weapons of war, and leave them buried. He had some disadvantages, and it was easy for his peers to tease him. We actually know something about their jobs and what they entail. Is that hope? Live to see the miracles of repentance and forgiveness, of trust and divine love that will transform your life today, tomorrow, and forever. Through his participation in high school sports, he got to know a cheerleader named Patricia Terry. Devotionals. George Santayana, who should be more widely read than he is on a college campus, is best known for saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (Reason in Common Sense, vol. Patricia Terry Holland (born February 16, 1942) is a Latter-day Saint writer and leader. In short, her attachment to the past outweighed her confidence in the future. Jeffrey R. Holland devotional and commencement speeches, 1980-1987. Should we stop trying to tackle what right now seems so difficult to face?”, In my best reenactment of Lot’s wife, I said, in effect, “Let’s go back. Jeffrey R. Holland was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this devotional address was given on 13 January 2009. © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. Also see other collected talks. You all look so good. Speeches > Jeffrey R. Holland > “Remember Lot’s Wife”: Faith Is for the Future. (I give that remaining one just another week.) ... BYU–Idaho. Do you remember this?” Splat! I was listening to the newest BYU Speeches one day and found myself brought to tears by one graduation speech. So, as a new year starts and we try to benefit from a proper view of what has gone before, I plead with you not to dwell on days now gone, nor to yearn vainly for yesterdays, however good those yesterdays may have been. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland - BYU Speeches - 1988 Of Souls, Symbols, and Sacraments 12 January 1988 If some few of you are feeling the “scars . overrideCardHideSection= To all such of every generation, I call out, “Remember Lot’s wife.” Faith is for the future. It is not the gospel of Jesus Christ. For the benefit of all BYU students in the new year of 2009, Robert Browning wrote: The last of life, for which the first was made: Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!”. Send comments on this article to magazine@byu.edu. BYU Women’s Conference announced Wednesday that Elder Jeffrey R. 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