May I close with an extended testimony about how focusing on the Atonement helps full-time and member missionaries and mission leaders. Someone a lot greater and a lot grander asked a long time ago if there wasn’t an easier way. In that sense they could sing and prophesy and take heart, not of their day, but of our day.”, He added: “This is the generation when the work will not fail. We believe in angels. Maybe that’s the most important thing I can say to you. I would particularly ask full-time and member missionaries to study from and teach the Atonement of Christ out of the Book of Mormon. It seems to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. The angels are smiling down on this dispensation and expect so much of you in order that the Lord can triumphantly come. It is the message we are called to declare. Elder Holland read a quote from the Prophet Joseph Smith that he said has taken on new meaning for him, though it was equally true when Joseph made the statement in the early days of the Church when there were only a few hundred members. Yes, baptism is also for membership in the Church, but that isn’t what the Prophet Joseph Smith chose to stress in that article of faith. “Elders,” I plead, “you have already told me about baptism, and I am still asking!”. “Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise. 6685 -----Share the quiz to show your results ! Article Highlights Elder Jeffrey R. Holland spoke to missionaries at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, on January 15. This talk was given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in the Missionary Training Center (MTC) on January 11, 2011. RootsTech Connect 2021, a free global online family celebration event, is very happy to announce that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Sister Patricia Holland will be the featured speakers at Family Discovery Day on February 27, 2021.. Family Discovery Day is a live, 1-day free virtual event for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Come, Follow Me; Freebies; How to Share; Quizzes; Forum; About; Quiz Medium General Authority or Harry Potter? Perhaps this is enough to give you a feel for the urgent, impressive theme that runs all through that sacred record. For most of a decade, Elder Holland has read the Book of Mormon repeatedly and thoroughly, focusing on all references to the Savior and his teachings. Probably no other meeting we hold in the Church has the high referral and future baptismal harvest that a baptismal service does. Salvation never was easy. Yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long-suffering towards the children of men. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Peru has more than 600,000 members of the Church, 13 missions, and three temples, with plans to build another. At the time of this call, Elder Holland was serving as a member of the First Quorum of … When you know that … then you will know why you have to preach it His way.” For that reason, missionaries are counseled to be obedient to mission rules, he explained, adding that by so doing, they can teach with power and great authority because they will be endowed with the Spirit. When you struggle, when you are rejected, when you are spit upon and cast out and made a hiss and a byword, you are standing with the best life this world has ever known, the only pure and perfect life ever lived. So saith the Son of God Himself. One of the great fears missionaries have at least in some locations is taking their investigators to church. Former Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland, son of apostle Jeffrey R. Holland, was one of nine new general authority Seventies called. "Abide in Me": Jeffery R. Holland. “And he shall cast out devils, or the evil spirits which dwell in the hearts of the children of men. Learn more about guidelines and necessary forms. “I know … that in the body he shall show himself unto those at Jerusalem, … for it behooveth the great Creator that he suffereth himself to become subject unto man in the flesh, and die for all men, that all men might become subject unto him. As such the book centers upon that which scriptural testaments have always centered upon since the days of Adam and Eve: the declaration to all that through the Atonement of the Son of God, “as thou hast fallen thou mayest be redeemed, and all mankind, even as many as will.”10. Anyone who does any kind of missionary work will have occasion to ask, Why is this so hard? Oct 15, 2013 - Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. “And he shall rise the third day from the dead. …, “… His blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen by the transgression of Adam, who have died not knowing the will of God concerning them, or who have ignorantly sinned.”14. Or, as a last example, this from the great patriarch Lehi: “Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah. …. Missionaries and mission leaders have to take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary. Called in 1994, Elder Jeffery R. Holland currently serves as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “Wherefore, he is the firstfruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved.”15, Obviously, you recognize that these samples are testimonies from just the first pages of the Book of Mormon. So the fact of the matter is investigators are not only hearing our testimony of Christ, but they are hearing echoes of other, earlier testimonies, including their own testimony of Him, for they were on the side of the faithful who kept their first estate and earned the privilege of a second estate. Missionaries, don’t get so consumed with the desire to record a baptism that you yourselves forget what this baptism represents and what it must mean in the life of this new member. Well, she did—the Gardener who cultivated Eden and who endured Gethsemane. As Lehi says to me and to you, “How great the importance to make these things [of the Atonement] known unto the inhabitants of the earth.”. This points that new convert toward the blessings of the “good news.”. Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save. Probably there are very few missionaries, if any, who do not know the centrality of this doctrine. Yet “we believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; [then] third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.”6. Read about one of Elder Holland’s mission experiences. I know that our garments can be washed white only in the blood of that Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. “There is an enthusiasm, an excitement, a zeal right now that is unlike anything I know of in recent years,” Elder Holland said. A missionary’s testimony invokes a great legacy of testimony dating back to the councils in heaven before this world was. Speaking of his own missionary experience, Elder Holland said, “Everything I cherish in this world I have because of this Church, and everything I have because of this Church seems to have begun with the blessing of my mission.”, He said that because of the greatness of his own mission experience, “I cannot bear for you not to have that same experience.”. The Atonement will carry the missionaries perhaps even more importantly than it will carry the investigators. I love being at the MTC. “The point is you have to understand that this is the Savior’s gospel. He stressed that it was baptism for the remission of sins—focusing you and me, the missionary and the investigator again on the Atonement, on salvation, on the gift Christ gives us. Encourage in every way possible more spiritual Church meetings, especially sacrament meetings. “We know that. One is that when you declare the truth, it will bring an echo, a memory, even if it is an unconscious memory to the investigator, that they have heard this truth before—and of course they have. Some of those blessings are unconditional, such as the gift of the Resurrection. Throughout the teaching experience, missionaries must bear testimony of the Savior and His gift of salvation to us. “Wherefore, it must needs be an infinite atonement. …, “O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit. …. We are the Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. For example, in zone conferences, which are some of the greatest teaching moments we as General Authorities have with these young elders and sisters, I have asked missionaries what it is they want investigators to do as a result of their discussions with them. “And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people. …. This is the essence of the message delivered by every prophet who has ever lived and every Apostle ever called to the work. Photo by R. Scott Lloyd. And so it goes. But I have been surprised to regularly be with the missionaries and discover that this is not something that readily comes forward in a discussion of missionary work. “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy [or, in other words, I bring you the gospel personified], which shall be to all people. Introducing a major new doctrinal work written by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland who shares his apostolic witness of the central figure of the Book of Mormon — the Lord Jesus Christ. The only way to salvation is through Gethsemane and on to Calvary. Be a Good Example and Always Share the Gospel: It’s one thing to tell others about the gospel, but it’s another to show others the gospel. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland spoke to missionaries at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, on January 15. Salvation never was easy. A story of spiritual rescue that gained broad attention after it was shared with Mormon mission presidents last month is inaccurate and the LDS leader who presented it withdrew it on Monday. There is not enough space here to convey the wonder and breadth of these Book of Mormon sermons, but consider this from Nephi early in his ministry: “And the world, because of their iniquity, shall judge him to be a thing of naught; wherefore they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth it. “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Why doesn’t it go better? Read how the response to the new missionary age policy remains enthusiastic. But I believe that missionaries and investigators, to come to the truth, to come to salvation, to know something of this price that has been paid, will have to pay a token of that same price. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. There are 101 things that I would like to say. 0. “Pray!” an elder roars from the back of the room. And the rocks of the earth must rend; and because of the groanings of the earth, many of the kings of the isles of the sea shall be wrought upon by the Spirit of God, to exclaim: The God of nature suffers.”11. Study the scriptures conscientiously and become familiar with those passages that teach and testify of Christ’s redeeming mission. Quote by Jeffrey R. Holland: “I am convinced that missionary work is not easy...” “I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. “We expect you to be mature, powerful, bold, spiritual missionaries. “Receive all of the discussions!” someone else offers. 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 23 June 1994. Photo by R. Scott Lloyd. Member Missionaries; Mission Prep; Sharing the Gospel; Mission Field; Resources. MormonHub Quizzes - Jan 5, 2017. Well, now they are stumped. For that reason I don’t believe missionary work has ever been easy, nor that conversion is, nor that retention is, nor that continued faithfulness is. Jeffrey R. Holland Quote: “I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. “For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent … shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases. 3 Ne. … Nothing will so touch your heart and stir your soul like the truths of which I have been speaking. We trust in miracles. I testify that this Jesus, who was slain and hanged on a tree,17 was the chief Apostle then and is the chief Apostle now, the Great High Priest, the chief cornerstone of His Church in this last and greatest of all dispensations. “Pay tithing!” another shouts. He served as a missionary for the LDS Church in Czechoslovakia and was a bishop in Nevada. Elder Isaac Johnson and Elder Trey Stewart both wear a black missionary name tag. Joseph Fielding Smith (1976), 121. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland is known for his talks and the powerful principles and crisp, undeniable doctrine. Obviously you should bear testimony regularly of all the principles you are teaching, but it is especially important that you bear testimony of this central doctrine in the plan of our Heavenly Father. Missionary Work and the Atonement, by Jeffrey R. Holland This is an excerpt from a talk I read often on my mission... "Almost everything I have said here has been an aid directed toward the missionary process, ultimately toward the investigator. “… Whoso believeth in me believeth in the Father also; and unto him [the investigator] will the Father bear record of me, for he will visit him [the investigator] with fire and with the Holy Ghost. PROVO, Utah — At the Seminar for New Mission Presidents held at the Provo Missionary Training Center in 2000, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles delivered an oft-cited address titled “ Missionary Work and the Atonement.” Aha, they think. If He could come forward in the night, kneel down, fall on His face, bleed from every pore, and cry, “Abba, Father (Papa), if this cup can pass, let it pass,”16 then little wonder that salvation is not a whimsical or easy thing for us. It is a test on the first discussion. He referred to the dramatic increase in interest since President Monson announced in October general conference the lowering of the age of eligibility for missionary service to 18 for men and 19 for women. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? Oct 23, 2017 - Missionary Work and the Atonement - Elder Jeffrey R Holland - YouTube I testify that the living God is our Eternal Father and that Jesus Christ is His living and Only Begotten Son in the flesh. The Prophet said: “The building up of Zion is a cause that has interested the people of God in every age; it is a theme upon which prophets, priests and kings have dwelt with peculiar delight; they have looked forward with joyful anticipation to the day in which we live; and fired with heavenly and joyful anticipations, they have sung and written and prophesied of this, our day; … we are the favored people that God has made choice of to bring about the latter-day glory” (History of the Church, 4:609–10). Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life. That belief is to be followed by true repentance, repentance which shows our desire to be clean and renewed and whole, repentance that allows us to lay claim to the full blessings of the Atonement. Now they are a little leery. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”7. “Read the Book of Mormon!” someone shouts. On that first Resurrection Sunday, Mary Magdalene first thought she saw a gardener. We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. Almost everything I have said here has been an aid directed toward the missionary process, ultimately toward the investigator. Only this testimony of the atoning Anointed, Victorious One will prevail against the gates of hell. Facebook. Holland is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and a son of Jeffrey R. Holland. I’m so proud of you. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland holds up an index card containing a quote from Joseph Smith that he read during his talk to missionaries in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, on January 15. The Savior Himself taught about bearing witness before any other doctrine when He visited the Nephites: “After this manner shall ye baptize in my name; for behold, verily I say unto you, that the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost are one. …, “And this is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me. …. General Authority or Harry Potter? I testify that He lives, that the whole triumph of the gospel is that He lives, and because He does, so will we. What a privilege to be here. A convert’s new life is to be built upon faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His redeeming sacrifice—a conviction that He really is the Son of God, that He lives this very moment, that He really is the door of the sheepfold, that He alone holds the key to our salvation and exaltation. Missionaries at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, prepare to listen to Elder Holland’s message on January 15. The Gardener who gave us the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley, the cedars of Lebanon, the tree of life. “And he suffereth this that the resurrection might pass upon all men. …, “And he commandeth all men that they must repent, and be baptized in his name, having perfect faith in the Holy One of Israel, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God.”13. The word gospel as we use it in English comes down to us through early scriptural language which meant literally “good news” or sometimes “glad tidings.” The “good news” was that death and hell could be escaped, that mistakes and sins could be overcome, that there was hope, that there was help, that the insoluble was solved, that the enemy had been conquered. But for residents of Hiko, Nevada, nothing Elder Holland says inside the Conference Center could have a greater impact than what they witnessed nearly 20 years ago. “… And even after all this they shall consider him a man, and say that he hath a devil, and shall scourge him, and shall crucify him. Just tell us who you are … lds missionary portal not working. Furthermore, when you bear witness of “Jesus Christ, and him crucified,”8 to use Paul’s phrase, you invoke the power of God the Father and the Holy Ghost. “Live the Word of Wisdom!” someone says. COVID-19 has changed full-time missionary work in many ways. It is not generally contested that Joseph Smith dictated to his various scribes the text of the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon. “Well, you have pretty much covered the commitments in the first discussion,” I say, “but what else do you want your investigators to do?”. With its declared title-page purpose of testifying that Jesus is the Christ, little wonder that the Book of Mormon was the first—and is still the greatest—missionary tract of this dispensation. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland | "Christmas within You" Topics: Christmas, Missionary Work & Preparation +1 “I ask anew the question offered by Pilate two thousand years ago, ‘What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?’ Indeed, we need continually to ask ourselves, What shall we do with Jesus who is called Christ? Other of the blessings, at least the full realization of them, are very conditional, requiring the keeping of commandments, the performance of ordinances, and living the life of a disciple of Christ. Missionaries could read to these investigators the sacramental prayers as found in the scriptures, they could share some of the words of favorite sacrament hymns, or they could do any number of other things that would help these new visitors and prospective members have a powerful learning experience when they visit a sacrament meeting. I bear witness that He came from God as a God to bind up the brokenhearted, to dry the tears from every eye, to proclaim liberty to the captive and open the prison doors to them that are bound.19 I promise that because of your faithful response to the call to spread the gospel, He will bind up your broken hearts, dry your tears, and set you and your families free. “Yes,” I say, “we do want them to be baptized, but what has to precede that?”. This talk will give missionaries perspective on what conversion … Quiz; Medium; By. The only way to eternity is through Him—the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The Prophet Joseph Smith once declared that all things “which pertain to our religion are only appendages” to the Atonement of Jesus Christ.1 In like manner and for the same reasons, every truth that a missionary or member teaches is only an appendage to the central message of all time—that Jesus is the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, the Holy Messiah, the Promised One, the Savior and Redeemer of the world; that He alone burst the bands of death and triumphed over the captivity of hell; that no one of us could ever have those same blessings without His intervention in our behalf; and that there never shall be any “other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, [except] in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.”2. Why isn’t the only risk in missionary work that of pneumonia from being soaking wet all day and all night in the baptismal font? Such a divine testimony of Christ is the rock upon which every new convert must build. A new convert deserves to have this be a sacred, carefully planned, and spiritually uplifting moment. I’m so grateful that you’ve served. Inherent in all of this is a rather simple definition of the gospel, at least when considered in its essence. It will also help orient investigators if missionaries will take some time to explain the ordinance of the sacrament that investigators will be witnessing, what it means for the renewing of baptismal covenants, that the emblems represent the Savior’s body and blood, and so forth. “And he cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice; for behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the pains of every living creature, both men, women, and children, who belong to the family of Adam. I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Right: The Greatest of All, by Del Parson, Detail from King Benjamin Preaches to the Nephites, by Gary L. Kapp. Facebook. There, in an earlier place, these same people heard this same plan outlined and heard there the role that Jesus Christ would play in their salvation. Then comes baptism for the remission of sins. “So you’ve got to invest yourself in this for your sake, for the Church’s sake, and for heaven’s sake. with no comment. And I have to say that almost never do the missionaries get around to identifying the two most fundamental things we want investigators to do prior to baptism: have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and repent of their sins. Before their missions, they both sported… Eric August 17, 2020. There’s a lot riding on your shoulders. I declare Him to be the Savior of the world, the Bishop and Shepherd of our souls, the Bright and Morning Star. 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