Apparently what was wrong with Lot’s wife was that she wasn’t just looking back; in her heart she wanted to go back. 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. 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. 5 In short, her attachment to the past outweighed her confidence in the future. It is possible that Lot’s wife looked back with resentment toward the Lord for what He was asking her to leave behind. overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= The future holds everything for us.”. That is not good. See all books authored by Jeffrey R. Holland, including For Times of Trouble, and Broken Things to Mend, and more on ThriftBooks.com. I loved every word of their counsel to you last week, and I pray that my remarks to you today are consistent with their messages about light, about trust, and about the privilege it is to have the gospel of Jesus Christ enhance our study at BYU. Do As You Have Been Commanded—Even the Easy Things . It was “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Most of his generation had moved on, but not all. Or would it be better to look back, to go back, to go home? I just want to talk to you for a few minutes about looking back and looking ahead. Jeffrey R. Holland devotional and commencement speeches, 1980-1987. Some of you were having thoughts such as these: Is there any future for me? Live to see the miracles of repentance and forgiveness, of trust and divine love that will transform your life today, tomorrow, and forever. We certainly know that Laman and Lemuel were resentful when Lehi and his family were commanded to leave Jerusalem. I am not even going to talk about obedience and disobedience. Stott, God’s New Society: The Message of Ephesians, The Bible Speaks Today (1982) Echoing that thought, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland taught that “nothing worthwhile ever just happens." 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. Devotional or Speech given at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. . overrideButtonText= The future holds nothing for us.”, Then my beloved little bride did what she has done for 45 years since then. 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. Let’s recall who Lot’s wife was. He obtained master and doctor of philosophy degrees in American Studies from Yale University. It was a living demonstration of faith. 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. Patricia Terry Holland (born February 16, 1942) is a Latter-day Saint writer and leader. (I give that remaining one just another week.) We started this hour with a little verse remembered from one of my BYU English classes. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak at a Brigham Young University devotional Tuesday, Jan. 13, at … Stuck in a spiritual rut? You can remember just enough to avoid repeating the mistake, but then put the rest of it all on the dung heap Paul spoke of to those Philippians. overrideTextAlignment=, Zion: Temples of Learning and Temples of Faith, Jeffrey R. Holland, Dan Marriott, Marvin J. Ashton Devotional. Faith builds on the past but never longs to stay there. 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. “Escape for thy life,” the Lord said, “look not behind thee . Then our theme today comes in the next verse. As a boy he enjoyed sports (especially baseball) and played on every kind of team he could. © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. As something of a student of history, I have thought about that and offer this as a partial answer. 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. overrideCardHideDescription= "In this final canonized statement of the Liberty Jail experience, the … Author: Speech "Come unto Me" Author: Speech "How Do I Love Thee?" To find out, I suppose we need to do as He suggested. That is probably going to result in some ugly morsel being dug up out of your landfill with the reply, “Yeah, I remember it. Yet he had had that one bright, beautiful midlife moment when he had been able to rise above his past and truly see who he was and what he could become. Such is the wonder of faith and repentance and the miracle of the gospel of Jesus Christ. At this point, let me pause and add a lesson that applies both in your own life and also in the lives of others. Elder Holland was born December 3, 1940, to Frank D. and Alice Bentley Holland. BYU–Hawaii #1952 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. Looking for books by Jeffrey R. Holland? I am told that the shortest verse—a verse that every missionary memorizes and holds ready in case he is called on spontaneously in a zone conference—is John 11:35: “Jesus wept.” Elders, here is a second option, another shortie that will dazzle your mission president in case you are called on two zone conferences in a row. 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. 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. Do you remember this?” Splat! 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. ... Jeffrey R. Holland 1986 Devotional By Jeffrey R. Holland, November 07, 1986 President, BYUH . BYU’s podcast ... a Ring, and a Fatted Calf | Jeffrey R. Holland, Jan 1984. I was told once of a young man who for many years was more or less the brunt of every joke in his school. General conference. Others noticed that he had the ability to influence his friends and always set the example of balancing fun and gospel living. They dated for t… With less than immediate obedience and more than a little negotiation, Lot and his family ultimately did leave town, but just in the nick of time. 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. that have come to you in places where you ought not have gone,” I wish to extend to you the special peace and promise available through the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. BYU Women’s Conference announced Wednesday that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be the concluding speaker at the 2020 Women’s Conference. 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. We were both working too many hours trying to stay afloat financially, but we had no other choice. He was athletic, participating in varsity teams at Dixie High School and Dixie College. 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. Classic BYU Speeches BYU Speeches Espiritualidades Ouvir em Apple Podcasts. Will I be safe? Elder Jeffrey R. Holland - BYU Speeches - 1988 Of Souls, Symbols, and Sacraments 12 January 1988 If some few of you are feeling the “scars . What did He mean by such an enigmatic little phrase? Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. Do you remember this?” Splat. As Elder Maxwell once said, such people know they should have their primary residence in Zion, but they still hope to keep a summer cottage in Babylon (see Larry W. Gibbons, “Wherefore, Settle This in Your Hearts,” Ensign, November 2006, 102; also Neal A. Maxwell, A Wonderful Flood of Light [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1990], 47). Too bad, too sad, that he was again to be surrounded by a whole batch of Lot’s wives, those who thought his past was more interesting than his future. I am thrilled to be … Is that faith? Yes! Forgive, and do that which is harder than to forgive: Forget. A little hope in your inbox. Classic BYU Speeches BYU Speeches Spirituality 4.9 • 12 Ratings; Listen on Apple Podcasts. There is something in us, at least in too many of us, that particularly fails to forgive and forget earlier mistakes in life—either mistakes we ourselves have made or the mistakes of others. He served a mission to England from 1960 to 1962 before returning to St. George where he married his wife, Patricia … [Genesis 19:24–25]. . Jeffrey Roy Holland (1940-) served as President of Brigham Young University from 1980 to 1989. 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. Born December 3, 1940, in St. George, Jeffrey Roy Holland was a force for good from an early age. Elder Holland was active in professional educational activity prior to his call to full-time Church service. You and we are very lucky to have them at the helm of this special school, and we praise them publicly for the time they spend, the success they are having, and the strength that they bring. ; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed” (Genesis 19:17; emphasis added). communications@byuh.edu On a spot that I could probably still mark for you today, I turned to Pat and said something like this: “Honey, should we give up? 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. Office Hours and Location Kauwue, III, better known as Keoni...and to extend to him the call to be the next president of Brigham Young University–Hawaii. My young brothers and sisters, I pray you will have a wonderful semester, a wonderful new year, and a wonderful life all filled with faith and hope and charity. overrideCardHideSection= In a Brigham Young University devotional, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles tells the story of Lot’s wife. Commencements. overridebuttonBgColor= See more ideas about quotes, inspirational quotes, byu. overrideCardHideByline= To all such of every generation, I call out, “Remember Lot’s wife.” Faith is for the future. He eventually joined the army and had some successful experiences there in getting an education and generally stepping away from his past. It is Luke 17:32, where the Savior cautions, “Remember Lot’s wife.”. We are not going home. Future Students Current Students Employees Parents and Family Alumni He is a former Church commissioner of education and dean of the College of Religious Education at BYU. Zero. L. Tom Perry Special Collections. 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. If something is buried in the past, leave it buried. 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. 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. 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. 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. May 12, 2020 - Explore BYU Speeches's board "Inspiring Quotes", followed by 2302 people on Pinterest. ... Sign up for the BYU Speeches newsletter to receive monthly inspiration. Convocations. 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. Jeffrey R. Holland was born in St. George, Utah. I was listening to the newest BYU Speeches one day and found myself brought to tears by one graduation speech. In these cases of marriage and family and wards and apartments and neighborhoods, we can end up destroying so many, many others. BYU Speeches 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. Speeches. BYU Speeches 218 University Press Building The Officers and Board of Trustees of BYU–Hawaii have extended their heartfelt vote of thanks and conveyed a much deserved letter of release to John and Susan Tanner for their remarkable years of service at the university... And true to the deliverance God always provides for his people, heaven has cast a divine shaft of light on John S.K. He came full circle: again inactive and unhappy and the brunt of a new generation of jokes. And he died even more sadly than Miniver Cheevy, though as far as I know the story, through absolutely no fault of his own. He served as the ninth President of Brigham Young University and is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). 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. By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. We had a small apartment just south of campus—the smallest we could find: two rooms and a half bath. Our Father is waiting to greet us with open arms and with a robe, ring, and the fatted calf. Surely, surely, with the Lord’s counsel “look not behind thee” ringing clearly in her ears, Lot’s wife, the record says, “looked back,” and she was turned into a pillar of salt. From 1980 to 1989, Holland was "first lady" of Brigham Young University (BYU) where her husband, Jeffrey R. Holland, was president. Stuck in a spiritual rut? And wasn’t it all just hilarious? Believe that people can change and improve. In effect, this has been Israel’s history down through the ages. Provo, Utah 84602, “Remember Lot’s Wife”: Faith Is for the Future. Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence | Jeffrey R. Holland Somewhere on that path we stopped and wondered what we had gotten ourselves into. September 21, 1976. 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. Faith always has to do with blessings and truths and events that will yet be efficacious in our lives. This is an important matter to consider at the start of a new year—and every day ought to be the start of a new year and a new life. They are the parents of Matthew, Mary Alice, and David, the parents-in-law of Paige, Lee and Jeanne, and the grandparents of 13 beautiful grandchildren and one great grandchild. “The Third Great Commandment and Other Thoughts” Brigham Young University-Idaho Commencement. No looking back at Sodom and Gomorrah here. In 1963, he married Patricia Terry. We were as starstruck—and as fearful—as most of you are at these ages and stages of life. Sister Holland and I were married about the time both of us were reading poems like that in BYU classrooms. 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. So a more theological way to talk about Lot’s wife is to say that she did not have faith. Let people repent. As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Holland is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer, and revelator. . Let people grow. Well, guess what? Also see other collected talks. Watch Live Stream. It is worse than Miniver Cheevy, and in some ways worse than Lot’s wife, because at least there he and she were only destroying themselves. 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. He had some disadvantages, and it was easy for his peers to tease him. From 1980 until his call as a General Authority in 1989 Jeffrey R. 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