Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland on having faith and hope in times of trial

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.
"I testify that the Father and the Son do live. And I testify that They are close, perhaps even closest via the Holy Spirit, when we are experiencing difficult times. I testify (and as our closing musical number, 'My Kindness Shall Not Depart from Thee,' will testify, quoting the prophet Isaiah) that heaven’s kindness will never depart from you, regardless of what happens (see Isaiah 54:7–10; see also 3 Nephi 22:7–10). I testify that bad days come to an end, that faith always triumphs, and that heavenly promises are always kept. I testify that God is our Father, that Jesus is the Christ, that this is the true and living gospel—found in this, the true and living Church. I testify that President Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God, our prophet for this hour and this day. I love him and sustain him as I know you do. In the words of the Liberty Jail prison-temple experience, my young friends, 'Hold on thy way.... Fear not..., for God shall be with you forever and ever' (D&C 122:9)."
- Jeffrey R. Holland, "Lessons from Liberty Jail," BYU devotional, Sept. 7, 2008
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Elder Holland~s address to BYU students in 2008 was filled with encouragement and insight. He reviewed Joseph Smith's experience in Liberty Jail, and identified a number of lessons that apply to us today, including discussions of why we sometimes suffer in this life and how we can better cope with them. But a critical part of understanding any trial is the realization that it is temporary:

Through our trials, we can have those truths confirmed: God and righteousness will triumph in the end, and we can learn to "hold on" in His way and trust in his ongoing sustaining presence.

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2019)


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