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There are “many, many, many reasons” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has dedicated his life to Jesus Christ and His Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

But one has special significance.

“This is God’s very truth,” he said in a special meeting in Hannover, Germany. “And I know it because of what it does for my children.”

Offering remarks on Nov. 6 from the same stand occupied by a Primary choir, Elder Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles directed his thoughts to them — and his own children, grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

“I know now what I knew yesterday, and what I will know tomorrow: This Church will bless those children,” he said.

With his wife, Sister Patricia Holland, Elder Holland began a three-country European ministry visit in Hannover. There he addressed young adults, single members, youth and missionaries, and participated in leadership training. Elder Holland was accompanied by Elder Brent H. Nielson of the Presidency of the Seventy and his wife, Sister Marcia B. Nielson, and Elder Erich W. Kopischke of the Europe Central Area Presidency and a General Authority Seventy and his wife, Sister Christiane G. Kopischke.

His stake conference message — defined by the tender singing of the young choir performing Primary songs — was broadcast to stakes in Northeastern Germany.

Quoting President Gordon B. Hinckley, Elder Holland said: “My plea — and I wish I were more eloquent in voicing it — is a plea to save the children. Too many of them walk with pain and fear, in loneliness and despair. God bless us to be mindful of them, to lift them and guide them as they walk in dangerous paths, to pray for them, to bless them, to love them, to keep them secure until they can run with strength of their own.”

The visit marked Elder Holland’s first extended international assignment since a sudden illness left him fighting for his life and unable to walk.

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