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Jeffrey R. Holland

Jeffrey R. Holland
Holland, while commissioner of the Church Educational System (1977)
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
June 23, 1994 (1994-06-23)
Called by Howard W. Hunter
LDS Church Apostle
June 23, 1994 (1994-06-23)
Called by Howard W. Hunter
Reason Death of First Presidency
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 1, 1989 (1989-04-01) – June 23, 1994 (1994-06-23)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
End reason Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
9th President of Brigham Young University
In office
September 1980[1] – 1989
Predecessor Dallin H. Oaks
Successor Rex E. Lee
Personal details
Born Jeffrey Roy Holland
(1940-12-03) December 3, 1940
Utah, United States
Alma mater Brigham Young University (B.A., M.A.)
Yale University (M.A., Ph.D.)
Spouse(s) Patricia Terry (1963–present)
Children Matthew Scott (b. 1966)
Mary Alice (b. 1969)
David Frank (b. 1973)
Parents Frank D. and Alice Holland
Signature of Jeffrey R. Holland

Jeffrey Roy Holland (born December 3, 1940) is an American educator and religious leader. He served as the ninth President of Brigham Young University and is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Holland is accepted by the LDS Church as a prophet, seer, and revelator. Currently, he is the sixth most senior apostle among the ranks of the church.[2]


  • Early life and education 1
  • Leadership at BYU and the Church Educational System 2
  • LDS Church leadership 3
  • Family 4
  • Works 5
  • Awards 6
  • See also 7
  • Notes 8
  • Further reading 9
  • External links 10

Early life and education

Holland was born in

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Robert D. Hales
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
June 23, 1994 –
Succeeded by
Henry B. Eyring
Academic offices
Preceded by
Dallin H. Oaks
 President of Brigham Young University 
1980 – 1989
Succeeded by
Rex E. Lee
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Further reading

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  2. ^ Apostolic seniority is generally understood to include all 15 ordained apostles (including the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles). Seniority is determined by date of ordination, not by age or other factors. If two apostles are ordained on the same day, the older of the two is typically ordained first.

    See Succession to the presidency and .
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  5. ^ a b Godfrey, Kenneth W. "Jeffrey R. Holland" in Garr, Arnold K., Donald Q. Cannon and Richard O. Cowan (eds.). Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, 2000) p. 506.
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  8. ^ 2003 Deseret News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News, 2002).
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  13. ^ a b 2006 Deseret News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News, 2005) p. 26
  14. ^ Church Educational System (2003). "Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles In the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times", Church History in the Fulness of Times (Salt Lake City, Utah: LDS Church) p. 660.
  15. ^ "History of the development of Peach My Gospel".
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  20. ^ "Historic Milestone: Sierra Leone Stake Marks Church's 3000th",
  21. ^ "Historic milestone: Sierra Leone stake marks LDS Church's 3000th", Deseret News, December 2, 2012.
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Holland and his wife, Matthew S. Holland, was appointed in 2009 as president of Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. A younger son, David F. Holland, is a professor at Harvard Divinity School.


In 2012, Holland was the member of the Quorum of the Twelve with responsibility for the affairs of the LDS Church in Freetown, Sierra Leone.[20][21]

In church general conferences in the fall of 2007 and spring of 2008, Holland gave sermons that directly answered accusations that Latter-day Saints are not Christians. At the April 2009 general conference, Holland gave a sermon about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the importance of Christ's statement, "my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me". This talk was later reformatted with music and put on an LDS Church website, where by August 2009 it had been viewed over 500,000 times.[18]

Holland lived in Santiago and served as president of the church's Chile Area from 2002 to 2004.[16][17]

Holland was ordained an apostle of the LDS Church on June 23, 1994, by Howard W. Hunter.[14] He was selected as an apostle following the death of church president Ezra Taft Benson and was sustained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 1, 1994. In 2000, Holland became the chair of the Missionary Curriculum Task Force which worked to develop Preach My Gospel.[15]

Holland was called as a bishop of a single adult ward in Seattle, as a counselor in the presidency of the Hartford Connecticut Stake,[3] and as a regional representative.[13]

LDS Church leadership

Holland served as the president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAPICU) and as a member of the NCAA's presidents' committee. He also received the "Torch of Liberty" award from the Anti-defamation League.[12]

As president of BYU, Holland encouraged academic excellence in an atmosphere of faith. Like future BYU president, Cecil O. Samuelson, Holland emphasized that BYU could not do everything, but would seek excellence in what it did choose to do.[11]

In 1980, Holland was appointed to succeed Dallin H. Oaks as president of BYU. A significant achievement during Holland's presidency was the founding of the BYU Jerusalem Center. Holland also led a $100,000,000 fundraising campaign.[3] During his presidency, the BYU Center for International Studies was renamed the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies and had its role at BYU re-emphasized.[10]

Holland served as an institute director in Salt Lake City after earning his Ph.D. He served as director of the Melchizedek Priesthood MIA.[5] In 1974, Holland was appointed Dean of Religious Education at BYU; during which period of time, he was the youngest dean at BYU. He served as the eleventh commissioner of the Church Educational System from 1976 to 1980.

Leadership at BYU and the Church Educational System

While studying at Yale, Holland served as a counselor in the presidency of the LDS Church's Hartford Connecticut Stake.

Holland transferred to Brigham Young University (BYU) where he graduated with a BA in English. He received an MA in Religious Education from BYU, while also teaching religion classes part-time.[3] After earning his master's degree, Holland became an Institute of Religion teacher in Hayward, California. He worked as an institute director in Seattle, Washington. Holland attended Yale University and earned a second master's degree in American Studies, and later a Ph.D in the same subject.[8] At Yale, Holland studied with American literary scholar and critic R. W. B. Lewis and authored a dissertation on the religious sense of Mark Twain.[9]

Holland graduated from Dixie High School. He helped the Flyers capture state high school championships in football and basketball.[3] He began his college education at Dixie College before his mission. After returning from his mission, he served as co-captain of the Dixie basketball team.[5] In 2011, the school broke ground for the Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons Building, a building to honor both Holland and the school's 2011 centennial.[6] The completed building was dedicated in September 2012.[7]

[4] were missionary companions.Quentin L. Cook of the church. He and general authority, a Marion D. Hanks was mission president; his England As a young man, Holland served a mission to [3]

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