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Looking over a group of missionaries gathered in a St. George meetinghouse on Saturday morning, Oct. 16, an emotional and compassionate Elder Jeffrey R. Holland testified of what his mission as a young man meant to him. 

“I want you to know that it has meant everything to me for nearly 60 years, and it’ll feel the same way in 660 years and beyond,” said Elder Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. 

“You are doing the most important thing in the universe — you are engaged in the salvation of a human soul. That is at the heart of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It is the most important thing we can do in time and eternity.” 

As he addressed some 200 missionaries of the Utah St. George Mission, Elder Holland reminded them of the apostolic nature of their call as full-time representatives of the Savior Jesus Christ. 

The gospel of Jesus Christ is not a fairy tale, he declared. “It is God’s very truth. This is the work of Almighty God. … Don’t go home with any regrets. As coaches say to their athletes, leave it all on the field. In this case it is the mission field, and in this case a contest a lot more important than athletics. Give it all you have got and don’t look back.” 

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