Photoshopper Drives Home Elder Holland’s Conference Talk In a Way You’ll Never Forget


"The demise of Tomorrowsaurus Rex at the jaws of Elder Holland!!" one Facebooker, Janel Olvera Andersen, wrote in response to a meme showing a cleverly altered version of the one Elder Holland showed in general conference.

Here's the original:

It was a pleasure for me to give the concluding message at #LDSconf this afternoon. This has been an inspirational... Posted by Jeffrey R Holland on Sunday, April 3, 2016

And here's how one LDS photoshopper interpreted and summarized Elder Holland's talk:

#jeffreyrholland #elderholland #trex #LDS #Mormon #LDSConf #JeffreyrhollandmemesThis wasn't the same image Elder Holland used it has been changed a little bit. Posted by Jeffrey R. Holland Memes on Sunday, April 10, 2016

And it's true. Many general conference watchers out there, like me, found a burden lifted as we heard Elder Holland speak to us of the fears of the future and how so many of them are unfounded. In a world with so much worry and tension and doubt, Elder Holland swooped out of nowhere and oblitereated so many of those problems with his insights and loving counsel.

And, for me personally, his timing couldn't have been any more perfect in my life. This message felt exactly like the moment in Jurassic Park when everything seems dark and dismal, then Bam!, the T-rex breaks in and saves the children from the clutches of the raptors.

Though we may slip and struggle and even lose sight of what truly matters, we can have a brighter tomorrow. We can have a beautiful future. And the reason for that? 

"President George Q. Cannon once taught: 'No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, [God] will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is not His character [to do so]. … He will [always] stand by us. We may pass through the fiery furnace; we may pass through deep waters; but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and purer for them.'
"Now, with that majestic devotion ringing from heaven as the great constant in our lives, manifested most purely and perfectly in the life, death, and Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, we can escape the consequences of both sin and stupidity—our own or that of others—in whatever form they may come to us in the course of daily living. If we give our heart to God, if we love the Lord Jesus Christ, if we do the best we can to live the gospel, then tomorrow—and every other day—is ultimately going to be magnificent, even if we don’t always recognize it as such.
"Why? Because our Heavenly Father wants it to be! He wants to bless us. A rewarding, abundant, and eternal life is the very object of His merciful plan for His children! It is a plan predicated on the truth 'that all things work together for good to them that love God.' So keep loving. Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever" (Elder Holland, "Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders among You").

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