Sunday, December 3, 2017

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland on God's love for each one

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (born December 3, 1940) served as Church Commissioner of Education from 1976-1980, as the president of BYU from 1980-1989, as a Seventy from 1989-1994, and as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles since 1994.
"Your Father in Heaven knows your name and knows your circumstance. He hears your prayers. He knows your hopes and dreams, including your fears and frustrations. And He knows what you can become through faith in Him. Because of this divine heritage you, along with all of your spiritual sisters and brothers, have full equality in His sight and are empowered through obedience to become a rightful heir in His eternal kingdom, an '[heir] of God, and joint-[heir] with Christ.' (Rom. 8:17.)
"Seek to comprehend the significance of these doctrines. Everything Christ taught He taught to women as well as men. Indeed, in the restored light of the gospel of Jesus Christ, a woman, including a young woman, occupies a majesty all her own in the divine design of the Creator. You are, as Elder James E. Talmage once phrased it, 'a sanctified investiture which none shall dare profane.' (James E. Talmage, 'The Eternity of Sex,' Young Woman’s Journal, Oct. 1914, 602.)"
- Jeffrey R. Holland, "To Young Women," General Conference October 2005
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One of the great truths of the Restoration is the very personal nature of God. Joseph Smith discovered this truth in his First Vision: God knew his name, and knew his circumstances. Elder Holland testifies that we all have that same assurance of His individualized love and concern for us:

Because we are, truly, His daughters and sons, there are powerful promises that await us, even that we may each "become a rightful heir in His eternal kingdom." There is nothing greater we could hope for!

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2017)

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