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. ... Jeffrey R. Holland 1986 Devotional By Jeffrey R. Holland, November 07, 1986 President, BYUH . And wasn’t it all just hilarious? I knew something of what you were feeling. The past is to be learned from but not lived in. 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. overrideTextColor= 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. So we laughed, kept walking, and finished up sharing a root beer—one glass, two straws—at the then newly constructed Wilkinson Center. We love this campus. Devotionals Menu. Kauwue, III, better known as Keoni...and to extend to him the call to be the next president of Brigham Young University–Hawaii. 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. overrideCardHideByline= He eventually joined the army and had some successful experiences there in getting an education and generally stepping away from his past. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. 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. 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. Now, like the Anti-Nephi-Lehies of the Book of Mormon, bury your weapons of war, and leave them buried. BYU–Hawaii #1952 Lorenzo Snow Administration Building Room 200 Stuck in a spiritual rut? He was athletic, participating in varsity teams at Dixie High School and Dixie College. overrideTextAlignment=, Zion: Temples of Learning and Temples of Faith, Jeffrey R. Holland, Dan Marriott, Marvin J. Ashton Devotional. As a scriptural theme for this discussion, I have chosen the second-shortest verse in all of holy scripture. For a variety of reasons, neither of our families was able to help finance our education. She stood there in the sunlight that day and gave me a real talk. We actually know something about their jobs and what they entail. 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. Later in his life he moved away from his community. “Escape for thy life,” the Lord said, “look not behind thee . Contents. John R.W. Office Hours and Location Devotional by Jeffrey R. Holland on December 1st 1998, titled: "Christmas Comfort" Tags. Can I trust in the Lord and in the future? 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. The start of a new year is the traditional time to take stock of our lives and see where we are going, measured against the backdrop of where we have been. Convocations. And when it comes to mind again, forget it again. He is a former Church commissioner of education and dean of the College of Religious Education at BYU. 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. "In this final canonized statement of the Liberty Jail experience, the … 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? 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. Stuck in a spiritual rut? Jeffrey Roy Holland (born December 3, 1940) is an American educator and religious leader. Let’s go home. Speeches > Jeffrey R. Holland > “Remember Lot’s Wife”: Faith Is for the Future. I can’t tell you the number of couples I have counseled who, when they are deeply hurt or even just deeply stressed, reach farther and farther into the past to find yet a bigger brick to throw through the window “pain” of their marriage. Do you remember this?” Splat. BYU’s podcast ... a Ring, and a Fatted Calf | Jeffrey R. Holland, Jan 1984. We can be so hard on ourselves, often much more so than with others! So, if history is this important—and it surely is—what did Lot’s wife do that was so wrong? Or would it be better to look back, to go back, to go home? Devotional or Speech given at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Most of his generation had moved on, but not all. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead, we remember that faith is always pointed toward the future. Zero. L. Tom Perry Special Collections. I am thrilled to be … 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. 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). We had a small apartment just south of campus—the smallest we could find: two rooms and a half bath. I just want to talk to you for a few minutes about looking back and looking ahead. No looking back at Sodom and Gomorrah here. Jeffrey R. Holland was born in St. George, Utah. I would see you sometimes as couples, sometimes as a group of friends, sometimes as just a lone student. As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Holland is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer, and revelator. If something is buried in the past, leave it buried. It is Luke 17:32, where the Savior cautions, “Remember Lot’s wife.”. He had some disadvantages, and it was easy for his peers to tease him. Above all, as many in the military do, he discovered the beauty and majesty of the Church and became very active and happy in it. 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." Jeffrey R. Holland is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.. Elder Holland was born on December 3, 1940, and grew up in St. George, Utah. From 1980 to 1989, Holland was "first lady" of Brigham Young University (BYU) where her husband, Jeffrey R. Holland, was president. Do As You Have Been Commanded—Even the Easy Things . 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. 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. Apparently what was wrong with Lot’s wife was that she wasn’t just looking back; in her heart she wanted to go back. Our Father is waiting to greet us with open arms and with a robe, ring, and the fatted calf. (I give that remaining one just another week.) 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). We certainly know that Laman and Lemuel were resentful when Lehi and his family were commanded to leave Jerusalem. [Philippians 3:13–14], No Lot’s wife here. 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. 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!”. Classic BYU Speeches BYU Speeches Espiritualidades Ouvir em Apple Podcasts. In short, her attachment to the past outweighed her confidence in the future. Provo, Utah 84602, “Remember Lot’s Wife”: Faith Is for the Future. communications@byuh.edu Collected Talks of Jeffrey R. Holland. Laie, Hawaii 96762-1293, (808) 675-3457 "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 … 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. What did He mean by such an enigmatic little phrase? 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. Search. 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. . Jeffrey R. Holland recalls the story of the prodigal son, which testifies that no matter how mild or how severe our sins, there is always a way back to light, peace, and eternal life. Our love for each other and our commitment to the gospel were strong, but most of all the other temporal things around us seemed particularly ominous. Born December 3, 1940, in St. George, Jeffrey Roy Holland was a force for good from an early age. It would appear that even before they were past the city limits, she was already missing what Sodom and Gomorrah had offered her. As a boy he enjoyed sports (especially baseball) and played on every kind of team he could. Titled "Living after the Manner of Happiness". They dated for t… 5 The future holds nothing for us.”, Then my beloved little bride did what she has done for 45 years since then. Watch Live Stream. 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! ; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed” (Genesis 19:17; emphasis added). 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. University Communications records, UA 5395 Series 2 Sub-Series 1. 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. Well, you know what happened. Let’s recall who Lot’s wife was. overrideCardHideSection= He came full circle: again inactive and unhappy and the brunt of a new generation of jokes. 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. President and Sister Samuelson, we do love you. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. Well, guess what? Is that faith? Jeffrey R. Holland devotional and commencement speeches, 1980-1987. . Closed: Devotionals and Holidays, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If you're aware of any talks available online that aren't listed here, please let me know. 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. To the people in his hometown he was still just old “so and so”—you remember the guy who had the problem, that idiosyncrasy, this quirky nature, and did such and such and such and such. Do you remember this?” Splat! As something of a student of history, I have thought about that and offer this as a partial answer. April 23, 2005. We are grateful to President and Sister Samuelson for their kindness and their leadership at this university. Contact. The proviso, of course, is that repentance has to be sincere, but when it is and when honest effort is being made to progress, we are guilty of the greater sin if we keep remembering and recalling and rebashing someone with their earlier mistakes—and that “someone” might be ourselves. I was listening to the newest BYU Speeches one day and found myself brought to tears by one graduation speech. Looking for books by Jeffrey R. Holland? Others noticed that he had the ability to influence his friends and always set the example of balancing fun and gospel living. We are not going home. September 21, 1976. In these cases of marriage and family and wards and apartments and neighborhoods, we can end up destroying so many, many others. 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. Keep your eyes on your dreams, however distant and far away. Commencements. 55-220 Kulanui Street Bldg 5 We were both working too many hours trying to stay afloat financially, but we had no other choice. 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. To find out, I suppose we need to do as He suggested. Faith trusts that God has great things in store for each of us and that Christ truly is the “high priest of good things to come.”. Through his participation in high school sports, he got to know a cheerleader named Patricia Terry. Jeffrey Roy Holland (1940-) served as President of Brigham Young University from 1980 to 1989. 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. That happens in marriages, too, and in other relationships we have. 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. overrideTextAlignment= Yes, they managed to rip out of his grasp that for which Christ had grasped him. In 1963, he married Patricia Terry. BYU Speeches 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. 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