After arriving in Freetown on Friday, February 17, 2012, Elder
Holland and Elder Steven E. Snow of the Presidency of the
Seventy—accompanied by their wives, Patricia and Phyllis,
respectively—met with missionaries. Elder and Sister Snow lived in
Africa for about five years.
Calling missionaries his “teammates,” Elder Holland said, “Nothing
matters in time or eternity like the gospel of Jesus Christ [and] the
saving ordinances of the only true Church on the face of the earth. And
God turns its future over to a bunch of 19-year-olds. There is no
precedent for it on the face of the earth.”
He emphasized the need for the missionaries, as representatives of the Church, to be disciples. “A disciple is one who has disciplined his life in conformity with the gospel,” he said.
He encouraged missionaries to teach lessons in such a way that both
they and their investigators could have a spiritual experience.
“If God can have that with you, and you can have that with the investigator, it will change the world,” he said.
Elder Holland concluded by saying that although the world has troubles,
the gospel brings happiness and hope and eternity. He reminded members
that individuals are responsible to be faithful and to keep covenants.
He left the Saints in Sierra Leone with an apostolic blessing.