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After taking two months off from official Church assignments and meetings to focus on his health, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is now slowly returning to work.

Elder Holland wrote on FacebookInstagram and Twitter how he has been away due to some serious health challenges. He said he and his wife, Sister Patricia T. Holland, have been touched by the cards, notes, thoughts and especially by the prayers people have offered in their behalf.

“Your sweet gestures during this demanding time have reminded us that God watches over us, that we can always trust in Him, and that He very often answers our prayers through other people,” Elder Holland wrote.

He said often it is the difficult, demanding times of lives that are the growth periods and defining periods.

“On days when we feel we have been pushed to our limit, we are reminded that we won’t be pushed beyond our faith,” he said. “We won’t discover just how much strength we do have until it is tested, refined and tested again.”

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