Jeffrey R. Holland

Jeffrey R. Holland

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I ask that my testimony of the Book of Mormon and all that it implies, given today under my own oath and office, be recorded by men on earth and angels in heaven. I hope I have a few years left in my “last days,” but whether I do or do not, I want it absolutely clear when I stand before the judgment bar of God that I declared to the world, in the most straightforward language I could summon, that the Book of Mormon is true, that it came forth the way Joseph said it came forth and was given to bring happiness and hope to the faithful in the travail of the latter days.

—Jeffery R. Holland, "Safety for the Soul", October 2009 General Conference off-site
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"All I’m saying is that what got translated got translated into the word of God"

Summary: During a 2012 BBC interview, Elder Holland was asked about why the Joseph Smith papryi do not match the text of the Book of Abraham. Elder Holland responded that "what got translated got translated into the word of God."

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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. 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.


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. He is a former Church commissioner of education and dean of the College of Religious Education at BYU.
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