But repeated admonitions to prepare have been proclaimed by leaders of the Church for decades. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland October 2017 LDS General Conference talk. As unflinching in his intellectual and spiritual defense of the church as he is unceasingly aware and empathetic to those who may be struggling. We have worked since the earliest days of our marriage to follow prophetic counsel about preparing for unforeseen challenges, so “examining” our state of readiness in the midst of the virus and earthquakes seemed like a good and timely thing to do. Russell M. Nelson. But they are always answered at the time and in the way an omniscient and eternally compassionate parent should answer them. Rather, words such as prove, examine, and try are used to describe various patterns of demonstrating appropriately our spiritual knowledge about, understanding of, and devotion to our Heavenly Father’s eternal plan of happiness and our capacity to seek for the blessings of the Savior’s Atonement. To help you remember the spirit you felt, here is one quote from each October 2020 general conference talk. We learned a great deal. The middle-ground options will be removed from us as Latter-day Saints. Terror, Triumph, ... 2007 at BYU Women’s Conference. This has been a marvelous conference, but it is the second time that COVID-19 has altered our traditional proceedings. Jeffrey R. Holland “Waiting on the Lord” (October 2020 General Conference) admin October 4, 2020 one Comments Discussion questions, summary, and action steps for the October 2020 General Conference talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (Quorum of … All Conferences; October 2020 General Conference; October 2020 General Conference; Additional Resources. Saturday afternoon session. I also hope that all of us will more fully acknowledge the “greatness of God” and the truth that “he shall consecrate [our] afflictions for [our] gain.”4. October 2020 General Conference: Elder Jeffrey R. Holland - "Waiting on the Lord" Printable Lesson Helps and Handouts for Latter-day Saints But you should be happy to know that we properly disposed of the hazardous materials and that health risk to the world was eliminated. Jesus Christ is His Only Begotten and living Son, our Savior and Redeemer. But, of course, the reward for doing so is monumental. “Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. COVID and cancer, doubt and dismay, financial trouble and family trials. You can also click on the speaker's name to find a summary of his or her remarks at Church News. Susan and I invited a group of students to meet and visit with Elder Holland before he delivered his message. He told the congregation that he and his family, though sorrowful, would be fine; their testimonies remained firm and steadfast. As our time together was drawing to a close, I asked Elder Holland, “If you could teach these students just one thing, what would it be?”. We are so tired of this contagion, we feel like tearing our hair out. Sam’s approach to his legal education highlights one of the Lord’s primary patterns for growth and development. CES/worldwide devotionals. What do we need to improve in our lives spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually? This servant of the Lord was encouraging the young people to choose, prepare, and become devoted disciples of the Savior. So while we work and wait together for the answers to some of our prayers, I offer you my apostolic promise that they are heard and they are answered, though perhaps not at the time or in the way we wanted. And as final examinations approached, Sam was prepared. We also laughed a lot. When will these burdens be lifted? Furthermore, I acknowledge that even this long list of things for which we might wait personally does not attempt to address the large economic, political, and social concerns that confront us collectively. Author Ziff Posted on 13 October 2020 17 Comments. Faith means trusting God in good times and bad, even if that includes some suffering until we see His arm revealed in our behalf. ... Wells at the Exponent recently looked at who gets quoted and how they’re referred to in the past 50 years of General Conference talks. Doctrine and Covenants 98:14; emphasis added. In many areas, our preparatory work was just right. October 2020 General Conference. See Numbers 32:13; Deuteronomy 2:7; Joshua 5:6. Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 25:12 (in Matthew 25:12, footnote a). Recall how the five foolish virgins failed to prepare appropriately for the examination given to them on the day of the bridegroom’s coming. “For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.”2, And the Lord declared in 1833, “Therefore, be not afraid of your enemies, for I have decreed in my heart, saith the Lord, that I will prove you in all things, whether you will abide in my covenant, even unto death, that you may be found worthy.”3, The year 2020 has been marked, in part, by a global pandemic that has proved, examined, and tried us in many ways. I speak of the continuing struggle with emotional and mental health challenges that weigh heavily on the souls of so many who suffer with them, and on the hearts of those who love and suffer with them. He treats us to his unique Conference talk style and displays a talent for taking experiences from the past and translating them to our modern lives. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father … in heaven is perfect” [Matthew 5:48]. Let God Prevail. You simply will go wherever the current takes you. General Conference Talks By Jeffrey R. Holland. Just as challenging times reveal inadequacies in temporal preparedness, so too the maladies of spiritual casualness and complacency inflict their most detrimental effects during difficult trials. #GeneralConference — Zach Bloxham (@zblox) October 4, 2020 I speak of the poor, whom the Savior told us never to forget, and I speak of you waiting for the return of a child, no matter what the age, who has chosen a path different from the one you prayed he or she would take. Posted by Jeffrey R. Holland on Thursday, March 26, 2020 Elder Holland shared in a Feb. 23 Facebook post that, as a young adult, he faced many of the same challenges facing young adults today. Moving Forward. Contents. On Wednesday, the text of the October 2020 general conference talks became available on ChurchofJesusChrist.org. ... By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. Please know that we do pray constantly for those who have been affected in any way, especially for any who have lost loved ones. Elder D. Todd Christofferson: ‘Sustainable Societies’ President Steven … (photo courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks during the Sunday morning session of General Conference on April 5, 2020. The path to holiness and happiness here and hereafter is a long and sometimes rocky one. An effective test helps us to compare what we need to know with what we actually know about a specific subject; it also provides a standard against which we can evaluate our learning and development. “And that ye might escape the power of the enemy, and be gathered unto me a righteous people, without spot and blameless.”6. For every infirm man healed instantly as he waits to enter the Pool of Bethesda,3 someone else will spend 40 years in the desert waiting to enter the promised land.4 For every Nephi and Lehi divinely protected by an encircling flame of fire for their faith,5 we have an Abinadi burned at a stake of flaming fire for his.6 And we remember that the same Elijah who in an instant called down fire from heaven to bear witness against the priests of Baal7 is the same Elijah who endured a period when there was no rain for years and who, for a time, was fed only by the skimpy sustenance that could be carried in a raven’s claw.8 By my estimation, that can’t have been anything we would call a “happy meal.”, The point? In fact, he found the final exam period to be one of the least stressful parts of his legal training. Last update: October 8, 2020. Saturday Morning Session Russell M. Nelson. A Perfect Brightness of Hope April 2020. His approach enabled him to learn the law and not merely memorize details. I promise that as we both prepare and press forward with faith in the Savior, we all can receive the same grade on the ultimate examination of mortality: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”18. Foretelling the widening divergence between the ways of the Lord and of the world, Elder Holland warned that the days of comfortably having one foot in the restored Church and one foot in the world were vanishing quickly. Two basic principles can guide and strengthen us as we face proving and trying circumstances in our lives, whatever they may be: (1) the principle of preparation and (2) the principle of pressing forward with a steadfastness in Christ. My beloved brothers and sisters, please understand that He who never sleeps nor slumbers2 cares for the happiness and ultimate exaltation of His children above all else that a divine being has to do. While I was serving as the president of Brigham Young University–Idaho, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland came to the campus in December 1998 to speak in one of our weekly devotionals. Instant Download for Non-subscribers. Everyone agrees that this has gone on much, much too long. And a vital element of my work was creating, grading, and providing feedback about student performance on tests. As we “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men,”15 we are blessed with an eternal perspective and vision that stretches far beyond our limited mortal capacity. As we now hear our beloved prophet close this conference, may we remember, as Russell Nelson has demonstrated all of his life, that those who “wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength [and] shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; … they shall walk, and not faint.”18 I pray that “by and by”—soon or late—those blessings will come to every one of you who seeks relief from your sorrow and freedom from your grief. He followed the same pattern for all of his classes at the end of every week and every month. Going with the stream, following the tide, drifting in the current will not do. OCTOBER 2020 TALKS "Let God Prevail" - President Russell M. Nelson "Waiting on the Lord" - Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s modification of Elder Neal A. Maxwell’s text; see Neal A. Maxwell, “Lest Ye Be Wearied and Faint in Your Minds,” Ensign, May 1991, 88. The Church of Jesus Christ He who authored the plan of salvation described the very purpose of our mortal probation using the words prove, examine, and try in ancient and modern scripture. At the time, COVID-19 was spreading rapidly, and a series of earthquakes had jolted our home in Utah. As disciples of the Savior, we are commanded to “prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.”5. “They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: “But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. …. Why the delay when burdens seem more than we can bear? General conference weekend is filled with inspiring stories, profound insights, and spiritual promptings. Lest Ye Be Wearied and Faint in Your Minds. ... Elder Jeffrey R. Holland promised members that … Of these truths I joyfully testify in the sacred name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen. We will be enabled to “gather together, and stand in holy places”16 and “be not moved, until the day of the Lord come.”17, While I was serving as the president of Brigham Young University–Idaho, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland came to the campus in December 1998 to speak in one of our weekly devotionals. Conference Music. The process of proving ourselves is a fundamental part of Heavenly Father’s great plan of happiness. “O God, where art thou?” we hear from the depths of Liberty Jail. Elder Matthew S. Holland is the oldest son of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. ... Jeffrey R. Holland said of Elijah that he. Yet surely the Lord would never give us a commandment He knew we could not keep. The missionary’s father spoke in the service and described the heartache of an unexpected mortal separation from a beloved child. For more than two decades before my call to full-time Church service, I worked as a university teacher and administrator. Christianity’s Lost Priesthood. It takes time and tenacity to walk it. Invitations. Let Patience Have Her Perfect Work, and Count It All Joy! I was always sure that the Lord had the same goal in mind for him, but that the size of the classroom and the number of students were on a much grander scale than he was envisioning.1 Elder Hollands uniquely bold, passionate, and eloquent, yet down-to-earth style of teachin… Jeffrey R. Holland “Waiting on the Lord” (October 2020 General Conference) admin / October 4, 2020 / one Comments Discussion questions, summary, and action steps for the October 2020 General Conference talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)… Learn to choose now.”. I speak of those who have to deal with the unwanted appearance of a serious medical condition—perhaps an incurable one—or who face a lifelong battle with a genetic defect that has no remedy. “Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.”8, “But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, Ye know me not.”9, At least on this exam, the five foolish virgins proved themselves to be hearers only and not doers of the word.10. What about enduring personal trials while we wait and wait, and help seems so slow in coming? October 2020 General Conference. “And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them.”1. See Rankin Wilbourne and Brian Gregor, “Jesus Didn’t Suffer to Prove a Philosophical Point,” Christianity Today, Sept. 20, 2019, christianitytoday.com. Susan and I invited a group of students to meet and visit with Elder Holland before he delivered his message. And apparently, some of my Brethren have already taken that course of action. October 2020 General Conference General Conference Talks. - Elder Gerrit W. Gong "That They May See" - Bonnie H. Cordon "A Good Foundation against the Time to Come" - Gary E. Stevenson The consistency of prophetic counsel over time creates a powerful concert of clarity and a warning volume far louder than solo performances can ever produce. “But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. On an afternoon a few months ago, Susan and I inventoried our food storage and emergency supplies. But periodic tests absolutely are essential to learning. Now is the time to prepare and prove ourselves willing and able to do all things whatsoever the Lord our God shall command us. Such celestial goals seem beyond our reach. Collected Talks of Jeffrey R. Holland. And then, when the rough sledding by everyone else is over, please let me come and dwell with Thee, where I can boast about how similar our strengths and our characters are as I float along on my cloud of comfortable Christianity.”12, My beloved brothers and sisters, Christianity is comforting, but it is often not comfortable. We discovered, for example, items in a remote closet that had been in our food storage for decades. Some Church members opine that emergency plans and supplies, food storage, and 72-hour kits must not be important anymore because the Brethren have not spoken recently and extensively about these and related topics in general conference. October 2020; April 2020; October 2019; April 2019; All conferences (101) Speakers. That issue was settled in a very private garden and on a very public hill in Jerusalem long ago. How long shall thy hand be stayed?”1 How long, O Lord, how long? I once attended a funeral for a young missionary who was killed in an accident. back General Conference Close Panel. (Photo courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Patricia, talk to … Do Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with God. By KSL.com Staff | Updated - Oct. 4, 2020 at 4:02 p.m. | Posted - Oct. 3, 2020 at 9:50 a.m. 70 photos 4PM: Highlights from 190th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of … “And where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place? He was helping them to prepare and press forward to and through the proving, examining, and trying experiences of their lives. “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Sunday afternoon session of the 190th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 4, 2020. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc. By Church News Staff These scriptures provide a perfect framework for organizing and preparing our lives and homes both temporally and spiritually. I witness that God the Eternal Father is our Father. Ponder a promise the Lord made. Also see other collected talk by Church Leaders. “And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. President Russell M. Nelson. Table of Contents. Elder Holland’s statement about increasing polarization has been proven prophetic by the societal trends and events of the 22 years since he answered my question. Please do not let anyone dislike me or betray me, and above all, do not ever let me feel forsaken by Thee or those I love. October 2020 General Conference. I speak of the yearning of many who would like to be married and aren’t or who are married and wish the relationship were a little more celestial. Likewise, tests in the school of mortality are a vital element of our eternal progression. General Conference. Do Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with God. The point is that faith means trusting God in good times and bad, even if that includes some suffering until we see His arm revealed in our behalf.9 That can be difficult in our modern world when many have come to believe that the highest good in life is to avoid all suffering, that no one should ever anguish over anything.10 But that belief will never lead us to “the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.”11, With apologies to Elder Neal A. 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