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Church Apostle Says Life’s Real Tests Come When Facing Challenges


Today’s challenges in life sometimes cause people to forget their Christian upbringing, explained Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).

Speaking to a worldwide audience of Latter-day Saints ages 18 to 30, Elder Holland cited three incidents in his life of how people were affected by the unfair judgments of others.

In one of the incidents, Elder Holland spoke of a young Latter-day Saint man who was a good basketball player but was not getting the court time he wanted. He ended up transferring to another school where he became a starter. One of the games his team played happened to be against this ballplayer’s former team. The game had been scheduled years earlier for what was then the Delta Center in Salt Lake City. During the contest Elder Holland said this young man and his family endured an evening of “vitriolic abuse” from the home team fans. “What was said and done and showered upon him should not have been experienced by any human being, any where, any time.”

Read News and Events’ report of Elder Holland’s talk.

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