Friday, March 16, 2012

Elder Holland Visited

Wrapping up his travels through West Africa, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with missionaries, members, government officials, and representatives of the press during a three-day stay in Sierra Leone.
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.

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