Wednesday, March 25, 2015

To My Friends by Jeffrey R. Holland {Written by Tiffany}

Are you looking for an uplifting spiritual book? Well, here is a fabulous book called,

To My Friends
by Jeffrey R. Holland


About: "If you need a burden lifted, I want you to imagine I am in a personal, private, closed-door chat with you. I want to help you if I can." With those words, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland invites every reader of his latest book to become a friend, to receive instruction and encouragement, counsel and comfort.  Elder Holland addresses these powerful messages "to my friends who love the Lord," "to my friends who want to change," "to my friends who face opposition," and more. Each chapter begins with a beautifully designed quotation to help convey the message in an artistic way, making the book a lovely gift for friends to share. Throughout, Elder Holland's powerful witness of the Savior shines through, for, as he writes, "I am grateful for the greatest friend any of us could ever have, in time or eternity, the Lord Jesus Christ."

About the Author:

JEFFREY R. HOLLAND was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in June 1994. A native of St. George, Utah, he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree and PhD in American Studies from Yale University. In 1974 he became dean of Religious Education at BYU and two years later was named Church Commissioner of Education. In 1980 he was appointed president of BYU, where he served until he was sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1989. Elder Holland is the author of several books, including Broken Things to Mend and Christ and the New Covenant. He and his wife, Patricia, have three children and thirteen grandchildren.
In my opinion:
I am reviewing To My Friends by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.  First off, I love Elder Holland! His testimony is bold and sincere, while making you feel like he understands what you may be facing. He quotes, "If you need a burden lifted, I want you to imagine I am in a personal, private, closed-door chat with you. I want to help you if I can." With those words, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland invites every reader to become a friend, to receive instruction and encouragement, counsel and comfort. Elder Holland addresses these powerful messages "to my friends who love the Lord," "to my friends who want to change," "to my friends of other faiths," and more.
One of my personal favorite chapters is “to my friends who face opposition.” He compares the Liberty Jail experience that Joseph Smith faced to a prison-temple. He says, “Every one of us, in one way or another, great or small, dramatic or incidental, is going to spend a little time in Liberty Jail – spiritually speaking. We will face things we do not want to face for reasons that may not have been our fault. Indeed we may face difficult circumstances for reasons that were absolutely right and proper, reasons that came because we were trying to keep the commandments of the Lord.” He goes on to explain that through the Atonement, God can turn the unfair and debilitating prisons of our lives into temples – or at least into a circumstance that can bring comfort, revelation, divine companionship, and necessary experience to contribute to our education in mortality and our exaltation in eternity. This is just one example from the many wonderful chapters in this book!
I recommend this book to all! There is at least one chapter for everybody. I also liked how I can apply some chapters to help those around me with their personal trials. This is one book truly worth adding to your LDS library!
 Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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