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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Addresses Harvard Law School


(LDS NEWSROOM) Salt Lake City — An apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) addressed students at Harvard Law School on Tuesday during the annual Mormonism 101 series sponsored by the school’s Latter-day Saint Student Association.

In Harvard’s historic Langdell Hall, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to a religiously diverse audience about Mormonism’s teachings. He explained, among other things, that Latter-day Saints believe Christ’s ancient church has been restored in modern times.

“What brings me to you today is not a message of reformation but of restoration,” he said, “the restoration of that church Christ established by His hand in the meridian of time and which He has reestablished by His hand in this present time.”

Through this restoration, Elder Holland explained, doctrines about the nature of God, Christ’s ministry and God’s plan for His children were reemphasized and clarified.

Elder Holland further explained the centrality of Christ to Church doctrine and the important distinctions between the teachings of some Christian traditions and the Christian doctrines and beliefs of the Latter-day Saints.

“We are not considered ‘Christian’ by some, I suppose because we are not fourth-century Christians, we are not Athanasian Christians, we are not creedal Christians of the brand that arose hundreds of years after Christ,” he said. “No, when we speak of ‘restored Christianity’ we speak of the Church as it was [before] … great councils were called to debate and anguish over what it was they really believed.”

Additionally, Elder Holland spoke about the heightened media attention on the Church.

“I confess I did not believe I would live to see the day that taxi cabs in Times Square would be scurrying about with ‘taxi toppers’ saying, ‘See the Book of Mormon,’” he said. “Of course our quick rejoinder has been, ‘Now you have seen the show, read the book.’”

Prior to his call to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1994, Elder Holland served as the dean of religious education and then as the ninth president of Brigham Young University. Elder Holland earned degrees from Brigham Young University and a PhD and masters degree in American Studies from Yale University.

At the end of his remarks, Elder Holland took questions from the audience.

In previous years, other prominent members of the Church, including Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Thomas B. Griffiths, a federal circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, have participated in the Mormonism 101 series.

The First Presidency 2011 Christmas Message


By LDS Newsroom

03 December 2011 — Salt Lake City

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following 2011 Christmas message:

There is no better time than this very Christmas season for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus Christ. It is the time to love the Lord our God with all our heart and our neighbors as ourselves. This joyful season will bring to each of us a measure of happiness that corresponds to the degree in which we have turned our minds, feelings and actions to the Spirit of Christmas.

May this Christmas season be a time of prayers for peace, for the preservation of free principles, and for the protection of those who are far from us. Let it be a time of forgetting self and finding time for others. Let it be a time for discarding the meaningless and for stressing true values. Let it be a time of peace because we have found peace in His teachings.

We testify of the living reality of our Lord and Savior, even Jesus Christ. He is indeed the way, truth, and the life (John 14:6)

On 4 December 2011, the First Presidency will give their annual Christmas Devotional from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Newsroom will have a full report following the devotional.

LDS Newsroom: Church Statement Regarding Missionary Deaths in Texas

By LDS Newsroom:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement Tuesday:

Two missionaries were killed and another was injured when a vehicle struck all three while they were riding their bikes in Donna, Texas Tuesday evening. Elder Trevor Reinhold Strong, 21, of Taylorsville, Utah and Elder Derek Jason Walker, 20, of Fairfield, Idaho were killed. Elder Zachary Todd Harris, 19, of Huntsville, Alabama was rushed to a nearby medical center, but has now been released from the hospital.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the missionaries involved in this tragic incident. We pray that they will be comforted as they mourn the loss of their loved ones, who served others selflessly as missionaries.

LDS Newsroom: President Monson: To Follow Christ, You Choose to Change


By LDS Newsroom

Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, emphasized the importance of following Christ to students and faculty at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, Tuesday morning.

“When you choose to follow Christ, you choose to be changed,” he said, paraphrasing Ezra Taft Benson, the 13th president of the Church. “The world will shape human nature, but Christ can change human nature, and changed men and women can change the world.”

President Monson went on to share a story of two individuals who changed one woman’s perception of the Church.

“Several years ago I received a letter from a lady … concerning the example of two members of the Church who had an influence for good in her life,” said President Monson.

The author of the letter wrote that though she initially had a negative impression of the Church, when she got to know Church members Rick and Dan Macintosh, her perception changed.

“Last year my sister’s husband, Tom Brown, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and was given one year to live. He passed away last week,” the woman relayed in the letter to President Monson. “For the past year, Rick, who is the bishop of the ward, … and Dan have spent countless hours with my sister and her family. They’ve prayed numerous times for Tom, and their wives have brought food to the house; they shoveled the walks in the winter, and each time they came they asked my sister if there was anything they needed that they could do, and they meant it. It was not important to them that my family was not LDS. … These two men truly live their faith, and I feel deeply moved by their compassion and example.”

The woman further explained, “I’m writing this letter to tell you that [because of] the example of these two men not only will I never again criticize the LDS faith, but I will not allow it to be criticized in front of me. Your Church has my deepest respect.”

President Monson reiterated that as members choose to follow the example of the Savior Jesus Christ, opportunities to serve are limitless.

He admonished listeners, “Remember who you are. You are a son or daughter of our Heavenly Father. … Live in such a way that you are an example of the believers and a true light to the world. … May this be your blessing as you nurture your testimony and as you follow the example set for you and for all of us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the true light which lighteth every man and woman that cometh into the world.”

For students at BYU it is a pleasure to hear from President Thomas S. Monson.

“I like how he talked about being a light to the world. The story he shared really helped me to want to become a better person,” said Tanner Watkins, a sophomore from Akron, Ohio. “President Monson is a great example of Christlike service.”

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