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You've probably seen the memes and messages flooding the internet, professing an undying love for Elder Holland. What is it exactly about this charismatic apostle of the Lord that Mormons love so much?
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“I’d listen to [Elder Holland] read the ingredients off a cereal box.” This comment—made on one of Elder Holland’s Facebook posts about general conference—sums up how most members of the Church feel when they see Elder Holland approach the pulpit. Ears perk up, eyes strain to see his animated expressions, and thoughts are arrested by the eloquence, the magnetism, and the power that is Elder Jeffrey Roy Holland.
But, what is it about this man that makes his counsel so riveting and impactful? How can he manage to speak so intimately, so personally, and so sincerely to every Latter-day Saint when his audience consists of thousands, if not millions? How does he manage to answer prayers, bolster broken hearts, and lift so many to the Lord’s endless reserve of love with only a few words?
As we celebrate Elder Holland’s birthday today, we wanted to celebrate the strengths of this devoted apostle and prophet. Here are just a few reasons that we appreciate and love Elder Holland and his counsel for the Church, but we would love to hear why you love Elder Holland in the comments below.
BYU professor Ed Gantt answers some of the most common questions pestering returning missionaries and explains why the post-mission "awkward phase" is actually quite normal.
"She's still adjusting." "He's caught in that awkward, post-missionary phase." "She just needs a little more time to normalize." We've all heard these comments about returned missionaries. Many of us have probably made them. And many of us were probably the missionaries being talked about.
There's no doubt about it, returned missionaries carry with them that lingering feeling of something being slightly askew--a post-mission "awkward factor" that friends and family can't help but notice. While it's funny to tease or joke about, there's very little funny about actually experiencing these awkward and sometimes painful adjustments as a returned missionary.
But, for future and current returned missionaries, it's important to realize that the post-mission "awkward factor" is quite normal. Healthy even.
BYU Professor of Psychology, Dr. Ed Gantt, answered five crucial questions every returned missionary faces in this post-mission phase--answers that provide insight into the psychological and spiritual adjustments returned missionaries face and offer advice for how to emerge from these changes stronger than before. Be sure to check out Dr. Gantt's inspiring insights below.
How does your mind cope with big life changes, like returning home from a mission?
Learn more about the King James Bible, why returned missionaries can seem awkward, and more in this week's top LDS stories.
In 1979, the LDS Church published its first edition of the Bible in English, and in 1992, it was officially adopted by the Church as the Bible of preference.
But if you’ve ever looked at the title page of your LDS quad and wondered about King James and his Bible, you’re not alone.
Here are seven things all Latter-day Saints should know about the King James Bible (KJB).
The King James Version of the Bible was written to be read aloud.
Church Announces New #ShareTheGift Campaign and First Churchwide Newsletter
The Church announced two exciting events this week. First was the kick-off of a brand-new Christmas campaign under the hashtag #ShareTheGift. A special, shareable video was released as part of the campaign to emphasize the purpose of Christmas and God's gift of His Son.
Find out what people get wrong about Mormons and learn more about life after death in this week's top LDS stories!
9 Things People Get Wrong about Mormons
“Aren't you Mormon? You can’t use calculators.”
And that’s when I realized: my classmate thought being Mormon was the same as being Amish.
After assuring him that I had arrived at school that morning in a car and that I had plans to use a computer later, I got back to my assignment, calculator in hand.
But that wasn’t the last time I’d hear something strange one of my classmates, coworkers, or even close friends who had an odd idea about what it meant to be Mormon.
Life After Death: 6 Insights into the Spirit World
The restored gospel reveals many truths about life after death. Here are a few more insights about the afterlife that you may not have come across before.
In 1990, I attended the annual conference of the International Association of Near-Death Studies, held that year in Washington, DC with Robert Millet. We didn’t quite know what to expect. Was the conference going to be comprised of “UFO chasers,” people with aluminum foil hats, and the like?
But it wasn’t like that at all. There were scientists, medical doctors, scholars from many academic disciplines, theologians and clerics from diverse faiths, and many good women and men who had experienced some sort of encounter with the spirit world and sought to make sense of it all. As impressive as this gathering was, what had a greater impact on me was that most of these people were generally familiar with Latter-day Saint beliefs about the afterlife. It made me realize that we possess unique, profound doctrines concerning the role of the spirit that perhaps we take for granted.
Recently I read a statement in a book published by Yale University that confirms the distinct nature of our beliefs. Said authors Colleen McDannell and Bernhard Lang:
“While most contemporary Christian groups neglect afterlife beliefs, what happens to people after they die is crucial to LDS teachings and rituals. Heavenly theology is the result not of mere speculation, but of revelation given to past and present church leaders. . . .