Elder Jeffrey R. Holland


Name: Jeffrey Roy Holland

Current Calling: Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Birth Date: December 3, 1940

Birthplace: St. George, UT

Called as an Apostle: June 23, 1994

Original Occupation: Educator

Bio: As a young man, Elder Holland served a mission in England, where he was companions with Elder Quinton L. Cook. He received his bachelor and master degrees in English and religious education, respectively, from Brigham Young University. He obtained master and doctor of philosophy degrees in American Studies from Yale University.

From 1980 until his call as a General Authority in 1989, Jeffrey R. Holland served as the ninth president of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is a former Church commissioner of education and dean of the College of Religious Education at BYU.

For his work in improving understanding between Christians and Jews he was awarded the “Torch of Liberty” award by the Anti-Defamation League of B’Nai B’rith.

In 1963, he married Patricia Terry. They are the parents of three children, Matthew S. Holland, Mary H. McCann and David F. Holland.

Highlight from April 2017 Conference: On those days when we feel a little out of tune, a little less than what we think we see or hear in others, I would ask us, especially the youth of the Church, to remember it is by divine design that not all the voices in God’s choir are the same. It takes variety—sopranos and altos, baritones and basses—to make rich music… When we disparage our uniqueness or try to conform to fictitious stereotypes—stereotypes driven by an insatiable consumer culture and idealized beyond any possible realization by social media—we lose the richness of tone and timbre that God intended when He created a world of diversity.”

(Songs Sung and Unsung, April 2017)

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