Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

More than 1 million family history enthusiasts participated in RootsTech Connect 2021, many for the very first time, making this the largest gathering in the event’s 10-year history. Participants from over 235 countries and territories were registered for the world’s largest family history celebration, which ran Thursday through Saturday, February 25–27, 2021.

My favorite speakers were Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Sister Patricia Holland, who spoke at Family Discovery Day on February 27.

Elder and Sister Holland take viewers on hometown visit around St. George during RootsTech Connect Family Discovery Day

Sitting beside his wife and three children on the grounds of the old red-brick Dixie Academy in St. George, Utah, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles recalled how he met Sister Patricia Holland. 

A 10th grader at the time, young Jeff heard that a beautiful young woman named Patricia Terry from Enterprise, Utah, had recently moved to St. George. The two were soon acquainted. “I didn’t think I stood a chance to know her or date her,” Elder Holland said. “She was the center of everyone’s attention, and I was really quite shy.”

Sister Holland chimed in with a chuckle, “You were never shy.” 

A few months after they met, Sister Holland said she wrote a letter to her cousin about a popular, “overly confident” boy named Jeff Holland who loved to tease. “I don’t like him at all,” she remembers writing. “But I have this deep feeling someday I’m going to marry him.”

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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 23, 1994. At the time of this call, Elder Holland was serving as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy to which he had been called on April 1, 1989.

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.

Elder Holland was a student leader and varsity athlete at Dixie High School and Dixie College in his native St. George, Utah.  He received his bachelor and master degrees in English and religious education, respectively, from Brigham Young University.  He also obtained master and doctor of philosophy degrees in American Studies from Yale University.

Elder Holland was active in professional educational activity prior to his call to full‑time Church service.  He served as president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAPICU), on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), and as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Presidents Commission.  For his work in improving understanding between Christians and Jews he was given the “Torch of Liberty” award by the Anti‑Defamation League of B’Nai B’rith.  He has served on the governing boards of a number of civic and business‑related corporations and is the author of 15 books, 2 of which he co-authored with his wife, Patricia.

Elder Holland was born December 3, 1940, to Frank D. and Alice Bentley Holland.  In 1963, he married Patricia Terry.  They are the parents of Matthew, Mary Alice, and David, the parents-in-law of Paige, Lee, and Jeanne, and the grandparents of 13 grandchildren and one great- grandchild. (from the website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)


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