Elder Dale G. Renlund has shared a touching tribute to President Jeffrey R. Holland as the latter begins his service as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In the tribute, shared on social media, Elder Renlund talks in detail about President Holland’s recent hospitalization and the miracles they’ve witnessed.
As we celebrated Thanksgiving, I reflected on the miracles I have seen in my life. One for which I had a unique vantage point relates to President Jeffrey R. Holland and his recent hospitalization. President M. Russell Ballard was an exemplary ministering brother, checking on President Holland every day. President Ballard occasionally asked me to accompany him, and each time we gave President Holland a blessing.
By way of background, I have spent years visiting patients in hospitals. Many were critically ill, and I saw many die. The second time I accompanied President Ballard, President Holland was in critical condition. Adrenaline-like drugs were being used to support his circulation. He was virtually non-responsive. The physicians didn’t know exactly what was wrong and had informed his children that the prognosis was extremely poor. I felt a sense of foreboding. I told President Ballard that the only way President Holland would come back to meaningfully fulfill his Apostolic calling was through divine intervention. Physicians, surgeons, and medicines were not going to do it. Only through God’s blessings would it happen. President Ballard nodded and said, “We will just have to keep praying and exercise our faith.”
The next time I accompanied President Ballard to the hospital, President Holland was sitting in a chair, chatting with nurses, asking about breakfast. He asked about my wife, Ruth, and daughter, Ashley. He was his usual self. It was a miracle. It was divine intervention. He was discharged from the hospital and gained strength by the day. When President Ballard’s health took a turn for the worse, President Holland reversed the roles and became an extraordinary ministering brother for the rest of President Ballard’s life.
Now, President Holland has been set apart as the Acting President of my quorum. God is in the details. President Holland has been preserved for such a time as this. How blessed I am because of him. How blessed my quorum is because of him. How thrilled I am to learn from and take direction from him. God lives. This is His Church. He is directing it. This I know. And I am thankful for this knowledge.
President Holland commented on the post by saying:
“Elder Renlund, the support I felt from you, our dear President Ballard, and other members of the Quorum of the Twelve and the First Presidency during my recovery cannot be overstated. I thank you and I love you. I thank Heavenly Father for the health he has granted, allowing me to serve a little longer.”
President Holland also recently shared the following picture along with his own message of thanks as he celebrated his 83rd birthday.
“On Sunday evening, I welcomed several of my family members to my home to celebrate my 83rd birthday. I was thrilled to be with them at the beginning of a Christmas season which may be a little hard for me this year,” he said.