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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland to return to day-to-day duties

By Genelle Pugmire - | Jun 7, 2023

Isaac Hale, Daily Herald file photo

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, blows a kiss to the crowd before speaking during Brigham Young University's Spring Commencement Exercises held Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Marriott Center in Provo.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday on his social media pages that he is slowly returning to his everyday work schedule. The return comes after a bout of COVID-19 and dialysis for a kidney condition.

“After having been away from Church assignments for several weeks due to some serious health challenges, I am pleased to begin slowly returning to work. Pat and I have been touched by the cards, notes, thoughts, and especially by the prayers you have offered in our behalf. Your sweet gestures during this demanding time have reminded us that God watches over us, that we can always trust in Him, and that He very often answers our prayers through other people,” Holland wrote on Facebook.

Holland, 82, was excused by President Russell M. Nelson in April from his day-to-day duties to take care of his health. The announcement was made at the start of the April 2023 General Conference, garnering reactions from across the world. Holland has been a prominent speaker during his apostleship and prior, spending nearly a decade as the president of Brigham Young University.

“On days when we feel we have been pushed to our limit, we are reminded that we won’t be pushed beyond our faith,” Holland wrote. “The old adage is, ‘man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.’ We won’t discover just how much strength we do have until it is tested, refined, and tested again.”

As Holland returns to work he will have the month of July to use for personal needs. July is the month where General Authorities typically take time to spend with their families, travel and enjoy personal time.


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