Yes! Forgive, and do that which is harder than to forgive: Forget. Do you remember this?” Splat. It is not Christian. In a Brigham Young University devotional, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles tells the story of Lot’s wife. We had a small apartment just south of campus—the smallest we could find: two rooms and a half bath. Paul knows it is out there in the future, up ahead wherever heaven is taking us where we will win “the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”. Search. 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. 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. overrideCardHideSection= We had absolutely no money. 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. 218 University Press Building When something is over and done with, when it has been repented of as fully as it can be repented of, when life has moved on as it should and a lot of other wonderfully good things have happened since then, it is not right to go back and open up some ancient wound that the Son of God Himself died trying to heal. September 21, 1976. Commencements. 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. 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. We are grateful to President and Sister Samuelson for their kindness and their leadership at this university. “Escape for thy life,” the Lord said, “look not behind thee . I can get a good job and carve out a good living for us. The address can be found in a variety of formats at speeches.byu.edu. Zero. 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. Live to see the miracles of repentance and forgiveness, of trust and divine love that will transform your life today, tomorrow, and forever. "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 … Send comments on this article to firstname.lastname@example.org. Closed: Devotionals and Holidays, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 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. Jeffrey R. Holland was born in St. George, Utah. With any luck, she might have read, as I did, this verse from Edwin Arlington Robinson: When swords were bright and steeds were prancing; [Miniver Cheevy (1910), stanzas 1–3, 6, 8], To yearn to go back to a world that cannot be lived in now; to be perennially dissatisfied with present circumstances and have only dismal views of the future; to miss the here-and-now-and-tomorrow because we are so trapped in the there-and-then-and-yesterday—these are some of the sins, if we may call them that, of both Lot’s wife and old Mr. Cheevy. 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. 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. The future holds nothing for us.”, Then my beloved little bride did what she has done for 45 years since then. Jeffrey Roy Holland (born December 3, 1940) is an American educator and religious leader. Through his participation in high school sports, he got to know a cheerleader named Patricia Terry. He wanted to increase significantly BYU's academic vitality and accomplishments, while strengthening and emphasizing its unique religious nature. 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? If something is buried in the past, leave it buried. . We are not going home. It stands in terrible opposition to the grandeur and majesty of the Atonement of Christ. Jeffrey Roy Holland (1940-) served as President of Brigham Young University from 1980 to 1989. Our Father is waiting to greet us with open arms and with a robe, ring, and the fatted calf. In these cases of marriage and family and wards and apartments and neighborhoods, we can end up destroying so many, many others. __________________________ overrideCardHideByline= Classic BYU Speeches BYU Speeches Spirituality 4.9 • 12 Ratings; Listen on Apple Podcasts. We started this hour with a little verse remembered from one of my BYU English classes. - Fri., 8 am - 5 pm He obtained master and doctor of philosophy degrees in American Studies from Yale University. 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. 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. So a more theological way to talk about Lot’s wife is to say that she did not have faith. Sister Holland and I were married about the time both of us were reading poems like that in BYU classrooms. He was athletic, participating in varsity teams at Dixie High School and Dixie College. “The Third Great Commandment and Other Thoughts” Brigham Young University-Idaho Commencement. General conference. Or would it be better to look back, to go back, to go home? Do As You Have Been Commanded—Even the Easy Things . overrideTextAlignment= What did He mean by such an enigmatic little phrase? Is that hope? Patricia Terry Holland (born February 16, 1942) is a Latter-day Saint writer and leader. Devotional or Speech given at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. 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. And he died even more sadly than Miniver Cheevy, though as far as I know the story, through absolutely no fault of his own. The following is the video and text from the address Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave during the 2016 BYU Campus Education Week devotional on August 16, 2016, in Provo, Utah. We can be so hard on ourselves, often much more so than with others! overrideCardHideDescription= Apparently what was wrong with Lot’s wife was that she wasn’t just looking back; in her heart she wanted to go back. May I move toward a close with a few lines from another favorite poet whom I probably met in that same class or one similar to it. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland - BYU Speeches - 1988 Of Souls, Symbols, and Sacraments 12 January 1988 If some few of you are feeling the “scars . To all such of every generation, I call out, “Remember Lot’s wife.” Faith is for the future. 55-220 Kulanui Street Bldg 5 A little hope in your inbox. [Philippians 3:13–14], No Lot’s wife here. Speeches. Elder Holland was born December 3, 1940, to Frank D. and Alice Bentley Holland. 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. Kauwue, III, better known as Keoni...and to extend to him the call to be the next president of Brigham Young University–Hawaii. Jeffrey R. Holland. . That is not good. 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. Let people repent. From 1980 to 1989, Holland was "first lady" of Brigham Young University (BYU) where her husband, Jeffrey R. Holland, was president. John R.W. 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. Devotional by Jeffrey R. Holland on December 1st 1998, titled: "Christmas Comfort" Tags. 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. The scriptures tell us what happened at daybreak the morning following their escape: The Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities. He inherited seemingly unending selflessness from his mother and his fathers Irish wit. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. Most of his generation had moved on, but not all. Titled "Living after the Manner of Happiness". Is it charity? I am thrilled to be … April 23, 2005. See all books authored by Jeffrey R. Holland, including For Times of Trouble, and Broken Things to Mend, and more on ThriftBooks.com. What does a new year or a new semester or a new major or a new romance hold for me? 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. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. 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. For a variety of reasons, neither of our families was able to help finance our education. BYU Speeches May 12, 2020 - Explore BYU Speeches's board "Inspiring Quotes", followed by 2302 people on Pinterest. Lorenzo Snow Administration Building Room 200 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. As a scriptural theme for this discussion, I have chosen the second-shortest verse in all of holy scripture. Elder Holland was active in professional educational activity prior to his call to full-time Church service. Faith always has to do with blessings and truths and events that will yet be efficacious in our lives. Now, like the Anti-Nephi-Lehies of the Book of Mormon, bury your weapons of war, and leave them buried. Looking for books by Jeffrey R. Holland? In effect, this has been Israel’s history down through the ages. Devotionals. 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. We were both working too many hours trying to stay afloat financially, but we had no other choice. Future Students Current Students Employees Parents and Family Alumni I just want to talk to you for a few minutes about looking back and looking ahead. He eventually joined the army and had some successful experiences there in getting an education and generally stepping away from his past. Born December 3, 1940, in St. George, Jeffrey Roy Holland was a force for good from an early age. Let people grow. He says, and I paraphrase: “I have stopped rhapsodizing about ‘the good old days’ and now eagerly look toward the future ‘that I may apprehend that for which Christ apprehended me.’” Then comes this verse: This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. She grabbed me by the lapels and said, “We are not going back. 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. He is the author of eight books, one of which he co-authored with his wife, Patricia. 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. Also see other collected talks. 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. I was told once of a young man who for many years was more or less the brunt of every joke in his school. I would see you sometimes as couples, sometimes as a group of friends, sometimes as just a lone student. 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. BYU–Hawaii #1952 In 1963, he married Patricia Terry. We actually know something about their jobs and what they entail. 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. . By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. 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. Let’s recall who Lot’s wife was. So, if history is this important—and it surely is—what did Lot’s wife do that was so wrong? "In this final canonized statement of the Liberty Jail experience, the … That, apparently, was at least part of her sin. 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. 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. [Genesis 19:24–25]. One of my favorite books of the New Testament is Paul’s too-seldom-read letter to the Philippians. We’re thrilled to be with you on it, and we love you personally with all our hearts. Jeffrey R. Holland devotional and commencement speeches, 1980-1987. 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. 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. I remember one fall day—I think it was in the first semester after our marriage in 1963—we were walking together up the hill past the Maeser Building on the sidewalk that led between the President’s Home and the Brimhall Building. Faith builds on the past but never longs to stay there. 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. Such is the wonder of faith and repentance and the miracle of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s go home. 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. Collected Talks of Jeffrey R. Holland. 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. One of the purposes of history is to teach us the lessons of life. ... BYU–Idaho. In short, her attachment to the past outweighed her confidence in the future. To find out, I suppose we need to do as He suggested. I’ll be okay without a degree. 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. overrideButtonText= She doubted the Lord’s ability to give her something better than she already had. See more ideas about quotes, inspirational quotes, byu. Yes! I was listening to the newest BYU Speeches one day and found myself brought to tears by one graduation speech. I don’t want to talk to you about New Year’s resolutions, because you only made five of them and you have already broken four. Hmmm. He had some disadvantages, and it was easy for his peers to tease him. He is a former Church commissioner of education and dean of the College of Religious Education at BYU. The future holds everything for us.”. The past is to be learned from but not lived in. 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. Will I be safe? University Communications Speech: The Language and Love of Leadership: Author: Speech: What Shall I Do Then With Jesus? email@example.com 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Mon. 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. 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. (I give that remaining one just another week.) 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. Well, you know what happened. 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. As a boy he enjoyed sports (especially baseball) and played on every kind of team he could. That happens in marriages, too, and in other relationships we have. At this point, let me pause and add a lesson that applies both in your own life and also in the lives of 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. 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. I knew something of what you were feeling. Thank you for serving here, and thank you for being in attendance on a bright, clear, January morning. Is that faith? I am not even going to talk about obedience and disobedience. Life that day seemed so overwhelming, and the undergraduate plus graduate years that we still anticipated before us seemed monumental, nearly insurmountable. Well, guess what? 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. Such dwelling on past lives, including past mistakes, is just not right! We were as starstruck—and as fearful—as most of you are at these ages and stages of life. (Now, as a passing comment, I don’t know whether Lot’s wife, like Miniver, was a drinker, but if she was, she certainly ended up with plenty of salt for her pretzels.). So it isn’t just that she looked back; she looked back longingly. Classic BYU Speeches BYU Speeches Espiritualidades Ouvir em Apple Podcasts. . 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! Convocations. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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." BYU’s podcast ... a Ring, and a Fatted Calf | Jeffrey R. Holland, Jan 1984. It is possible that Lot’s wife looked back with resentment toward the Lord for what He was asking her to leave behind. 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. No looking back at Sodom and Gomorrah here. As something of a student of history, I have thought about that and offer this as a partial answer. We certainly know that Laman and Lemuel were resentful when Lehi and his family were commanded to leave Jerusalem. 5 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. Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence | Jeffrey R. Holland Author: Speech "Come unto Me" Author: Speech "How Do I Love Thee?" 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