The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement today about the health of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is currently hospitalized for observation and treatment of ongoing health complications. Elder Holland is grateful for the many prayers offered in his behalf in recent weeks for his health and during this time of mourning. He sincerely appreciates the well-wishes and kindnesses shown by friends and members of the Church who know and care for him and his family.
During the funeral for his wife, Sister Patricia Holland, Elder Holland said, “This is the 60th year of my marriage to the greatest woman I have ever known. I am heartbroken. I thought the onset of neuropathy and dialysis was enough, but this loss of Pat so unexpectedly has been devastating. I feel the sustaining power of your prayers and I’m grateful.”
In April 2023, Elder Holland was excused from General Conference and given a two-month hiatus from official Church duties as he underwent medical treatments and recovered from the effects of COVID-19. In June, Elder Holland slowly resumed some duties and released a video with Church News thanking members for their continued prayers.
On July 20, 2023, Sister Holland passed away unexpectedly due after a brief hospitalization. Her funeral was held on July 28. Elder Holland’s health did not permit him to speak, but his son Matthew read a tribute on his behalf.
Elder Holland was also publicly hospitalized in 2020 following what a church spokesman called, “several days of illness” and it was confirmed at the time that he did not have COVID-19. He returned to his regular church responsibilities shortly thereafter.
Elder Holland was first called as an Apostle on June 23, 1994.