Jeffrey R. Holland

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Jeffrey R. Holland

Jeffrey R. Holland, while commissioner of the Church Educational System (1977)
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
June 23, 1994 (1994-06-23) – incumbent
Called byHoward W. Hunter
LDS Church Apostle
June 23, 1994 (1994-06-23) – incumbent
Called byHoward W. Hunter
ReasonDeath of Ezra Taft Benson; reorganization of First Presidency
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 1, 1989 (1989-04-01) – June 23, 1994 (1994-06-23)
Called byEzra Taft Benson
End reasonCalled to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
9th President of Brigham Young University
In office
1980 – 1989
Preceded byDallin H. Oaks
Succeeded byRex E. Lee
Personal details
BornJeffrey Roy Holland
(1940-12-03) December 3, 1940 (age 72)
St. George, Utah, United States
Alma materBrigham Young University (B.A., M.A.)
Yale University (M.A., Ph.D.)
SpousePatricia Terry (1963–present)
ChildrenMatthew Scott (b. 1966)
Mary Alice (b. 1969)
David (b. 1973)
 
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Jeffrey R. Holland

Jeffrey R. Holland, while commissioner of the Church Educational System (1977)
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Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
June 23, 1994 (1994-06-23) – incumbent
Called byHoward W. Hunter
LDS Church Apostle
June 23, 1994 (1994-06-23) – incumbent
Called byHoward W. Hunter
ReasonDeath of Ezra Taft Benson; reorganization of First Presidency
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 1, 1989 (1989-04-01) – June 23, 1994 (1994-06-23)
Called byEzra Taft Benson
End reasonCalled to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
9th President of Brigham Young University
In office
1980 – 1989
Preceded byDallin H. Oaks
Succeeded byRex E. Lee
Personal details
BornJeffrey Roy Holland
(1940-12-03) December 3, 1940 (age 72)
St. George, Utah, United States
Alma materBrigham Young University (B.A., M.A.)
Yale University (M.A., Ph.D.)
SpousePatricia Terry (1963–present)
ChildrenMatthew Scott (b. 1966)
Mary Alice (b. 1969)
David (b. 1973)

Jeffrey Roy Holland (born December 3, 1940) is an American educator and religious leader. 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). As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Holland is accepted by the LDS Church as a prophet, seer, and revelator. Currently, he is the ninth most senior apostle among the ranks of the Church.

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Early life and education

Holland was born in St. George, Utah. His father, Frank D. Holland, was a convert to the LDS Church while his mother, Alice, came from a long line of Latter-day Saints.[1] As a young man, Holland served a mission to England; his mission president was Marion D. Hanks, a general authority of the church. He and Quentin L. Cook were missionary companions.[2]

Holland graduated from Dixie High School. He helped the Flyers capture state high school championships in football and basketball.[1] He began his college education at Dixie College before his mission. After returning from his mission, he served as co-captain of the Dixie basketball team.[3] In 2011, the school broke ground for the Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons Building, a $48 million, five-story building that honors both Holland and the school's 2011 centennial.[4]

Holland then transferred to Brigham Young University where he graduated with a BA in English. He received an MA in Religious Education from BYU, while also teaching religion classes part time.[1] After earning his master's degree, Holland became an Institute of Religion teacher in Hayward, California. He next served as an institute director in Seattle, Washington. While in Seattle, Holland served as bishop of a single adult ward. Holland attended Yale University and earned a second master's degree, this time in American Studies, and later a Ph.D in the same subject.[5] At Yale, Holland studied with American literary scholar and critic R. W. B. Lewis and authored a dissertation on the religious sense of Mark Twain.[6] While in Connecticut, Holland served as a counselor in the presidency of the Hartford Connecticut Stake,[1] which had been organized in 1966.

Leadership at BYU and the Church Educational System

Holland served as an institute director in Salt Lake City after getting his Ph.D. He then served as director of the Melchizedek Priesthood MIA.[3] In 1974, Holland was appointed Dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University; during this period of time, he was the youngest dean at BYU. He went from that position to being the eleventh commissioner of the Church Educational System, a position he held from 1976 to 1980. He was then appointed president of BYU, as the successor to Dallin H. Oaks. The most notable achievement of his presidency was the founding of the BYU Jerusalem Center. He also led a $100,000,000 fundraising campaign.[1] During his presidency, Holland renamed the BYU Center for International Studies the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies and re-emphasized its role at BYU.[7]

As president of BYU, Holland also sought to encourage academic excellence in an atmosphere of faith. Like future BYU president, Cecil O. Samuelson, Holland emphasized that BYU could not do everything, but would seek excellence in what it did choose to do.[8]

Holland served as the president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAPICU) and as a member of the NCAA's president's committee. He also received the "Torch of Light" award from the Anti-defamation League.[9]

LDS Church leadership

Holland was called as a general authority and member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 1, 1989, bringing an end to his term as president of Brigham Young University.[10] As a member of the Seventy, Holland was a counselor in the general presidency of the church's Young Men organization from 1989 to 1990. Prior to his call as a general authority, Holland served as a bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, and regional representative.[10]

Holland was ordained an apostle of the LDS Church on June 23, 1994 by Howard W. Hunter,[11] following the death of Church President Ezra Taft Benson, and was sustained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 1, 1994.

Holland lived in Santiago and served as president of the church's Chile Area from 2002 to 2004.[12][13]

In church general conferences in the fall of 2007 and spring of 2008, Holland gave sermons that directly answered accusations that Latter-day Saints are not within the accepted realm of Christianity. At the spring 2009 general conference, Holland gave a sermon about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the importance of Christ's statement, "my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me". This talk was later reformatted with music and put on an LDS Church website, where by August 2009 it had been viewed well over 500,000 times.[14]

As of 2012, Holland is the member of the Twelve with responsibility for the affairs of the LDS Church in Africa. In early 2012 he went to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana to meet with members and missionaries. He also met with the Vice President of Sierra Leone, Samuel Sam-Sumana.[15]

Family

Holland and his wife, the former Patricia Terry, were married on June 7, 1963 in the St. George Temple. They are the parents of three children. Matthew S. Holland, a son, was appointed in 2009 as president of Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. A younger son, David F. Holland, is a professor at UNLV.

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Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e Searle, Don L. (August 1995), "Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles", Liahona: 26, http://lds.org/liahona/1995/08/elder-jeffrey-r-holland-of-the-quorum-of-the-twelve-apostles?lang=eng
  2. ^ Holland, Jeffrey R. (April 2008), "Elder Quentin L. Cook: A Willing Heart and Mind", Ensign, http://lds.org/ensign/2008/04/elder-quentin-l-cook-a-willing-heart-and-mind?lang=eng
  3. ^ a b Godfrey, Kenneth W. "Jeffrey R. Holland" in Garr, Arnold K., Donald Q. Cannon and Richard O. Cowan (eds.). Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, 2000) p. 506.
  4. ^ "Dixie State College Officially Breaks Ground for New Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons Building", Dixie Today (Dixie State College of Utah), 21 March 2011, http://www.dixie.edu/news/news.php?id=734
  5. ^ Church Almanac. (2003). Deseret News: Salt Lake City.[page needed]
  6. ^ Holland, Jeffrey R. (1973). Mark Twain's Religious Sense: The Viable Years -- 1835-1883 (Ph.D. thesis). Yale University. OCLC 367235370.
  7. ^ Holland, Jeffrey R. (17 November 1983), The Mission of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, http://kennedy.byu.edu/aboutus/ElderHolland.php
  8. ^ Jeffrey R. Holland, "Past Presidents", BYU Office of the President (Brigham Young University), http://unicomm.byu.edu/president/holland.aspx
  9. ^ "Homecoming 2009", Dixie State Magazine (Dixie State College of Utah): 8, Fall 2009, http://www.dixie.edu/pr/magazine/09%20Fall%20Alum%20Mag.web.pdf
  10. ^ a b 2006 Deseret News Church Almanac, p. 26
  11. ^ Church Educational System (2003). "Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles In the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times", Church History in the Fulness of Times (Salt Lake City, Utah: LDS Church) p. 660.
  12. ^ Two Apostles Will Serve Overseas, "News of the Church", Ensign, May 2002, http://lds.org/ensign/2002/05/news-of-the-church?lang=eng
  13. ^ "New area assignments: Service begins Aug. 15 for 30 area presidencies", Church News, June 14, 2003, http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/34650/New-area-assignments.html
  14. ^ Shill, Aaron (8 October 2009), "LDS Church using the Internet to its advantage", Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705335169/LDS-Church-using-the-Internet-to-its-advantage.html
  15. ^ Holman, Marianne (February 23, 2012), "A bright future for members in African nations: Apostle visits, blesses countries in West Africa", Church News, http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/62041/A-bright-future-for-members-in-African-nations.html

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Dallin H. Oaks
President of BYU
1980–1989
Succeeded by
Rex E. Lee
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Robert D. Hales
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
June 23, 1994–
Succeeded by
Henry B. Eyring