Latter-day Saint Life

"This Is the Church of Happy Endings": Elder Holland Gives Powerful Message to Graduates


"In the days and years ahead, you may suffer some discouragement and disappointment. On occasion, you may feel genuine despair, either for yourself or your children or the plight and conditions of others. You may even make a personal mistake or two—serious mistakes, perhaps, though I hope not—and you may worry that any chance to be happy and secure in life has eluded you forever. When such times come, I ask you to remember this: This is the church of the happy endings," Elder Holland said.

Troubles never need to be permanent nor fatal, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland told more than 6,000 Brigham Young University graduates entering a world that holds "challenges and difficulties."

"Darkness always yields to light," he said. "The sun always rises. Faith, hope, and charity will always triumph in the end. Furthermore, they will triumph all along the way."

Offering the keynote address during BYU graduation ceremonies Thursday evening, Elder Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asked graduates to let their character shine while bridling their ambitions.

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