Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders among You

Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders among You

Brothers and sisters,
do you have any idea, do you have any notion or
inkling whatsoever of how much we love you? For 10 hours you watch, fixed
on one face at this pulpit, sequentially. But for those same
10 hours, those of us seated behind this
pulpit are fixed on you. You thrill us to the
center of our soul. Whether that’s the 21,000
here in the Conference Center or multitudes in meetinghouses
and chapels or, finally, millions around the globe,
in homes in some distant location–maybe huddled around
a family computer screen–there you are, here you are, hour
after hour in your Sunday best, being your best. You sing and you pray,
wherever you are in the world. You listen and you believe. You are the miracle of this
Church, and we love you. What another remarkable,
wonderful general conference we’ve had. We’ve especially been blessed
by President Monson’s presence and his prophetic messages. President, we love you. We pray for you. We thank you. And above all, we sustain you. We are grateful to
have been taught by you and your marvelous
counselors and so many of our other
great men and women leaders who have
come to this pulpit. We’ve heard, again and again,
always incomparable music. We’ve been urgently
prayed for and pled with. Truly the Spirit of the Lord
has been here in rich abundance. What an inspirational weekend it
has been, again, in every way. Now, I do see a
couple of problems. One is the fact that
I am the only person standing between you and
the ice cream you always have ready at the close
of general conference. [LAUGHTER] I feel the weight
of that burden. [LAUGHTER] The other potential problem
is captured in this photo that I saw recently
on the Internet. Now, my apologies to all
of the children who are now under the sofa, but the fact
of the matter is, none of us want tomorrow, or
the day after that, to destroy the
wonderful feelings we have had this weekend. We want to hold fast to the
spiritual impressions we’ve had and the inspired
teachings we have heard. But it is inevitable that after
heavenly moments in our lives, we, of necessity, return
to earth, so to speak, where sometimes less-than-ideal
circumstances again face us. Paul warned us of this when
he wrote, “Call to remembrance the former days, in which,
after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great
fight of afflictions.” That post-illumination
affliction can come in many ways, and
it can come to all of us. Surely every missionary
who has ever served soon realized that
life in the field wasn’t going to be quite
like the rarified atmosphere of the missionary
training center. So too for all of
us upon leaving a sweet session in the temple
or concluding a particularly spiritual sacrament meeting. Remember that when Moses
came down from his singular experience on Mount
Sinai, he found his people had
“corrupted themselves,” it said, and had
“turned aside quickly.” There they were at the
foot of the mountain, busily fashioning a
gold calf to worship, in the very hour that Jehovah,
at the summit of the mountain, had been telling Moses, “Thou
shalt have no other gods before me,” and “Thou
shalt not make unto thee any graven image.” Moses was not happy with his
flock of wandering Israelites that day! During His earthly ministry,
Jesus took Peter, James, and John to the Mount
of Transfiguration, where, the scriptures say,
“his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was
white as the light.” The heavens opened,
ancient prophets came, and God the Father spoke. After such a
celestial experience, what does Jesus come down
the mountain to find? Well, first, an argument
between His disciples and their antagonists
over a failed blessing administered to a young boy. Then He tried to convince
the Twelve–unsuccessfully, it turns out–that He would soon
be delivered up to local rulers who would kill Him. Then someone reminded
that a tax was due, which was forthrightly paid. Then He had to rebuke
some of the brethren because they were
arguing about who would be the greatest in the kingdom. All this led Him to say: “O
faithless generation, … how long shall I suffer you?” He had occasion to ask that
question more than once during His ministry. No wonder He longed for
the prayerful solitude of mountaintops! Realizing that we all have to
come down from peak experiences to deal with the regular
vicissitudes of life, may I offer this encouragement
as general conference concludes. First of all, if
in the days ahead you see not only limitations
in those around you but also find elements
in your own life that don’t yet measure
up to the messages you’ve have this weekend, please
don’t be cast down in spirit and don’t give up. The gospel, the Church, these
wonderful semiannual gatherings are intended to give
hope and inspiration. They’re not intended
to discourage you. Only the adversary,
the enemy of us all, would try to convince us
that the ideals outlined in general conference are
depressing and unrealistic, that people don’t
really improve, that no one really progresses. And why does Lucifer
give that speech? Because he knows
he can’t improve, he can’t progress,
that worlds without end he will never have
a bright tomorrow. He is a miserable man bound
by eternal limitations, and he wants you to
be miserable too. Well, don’t fall for that. With the gift of the
Atonement of Jesus Christ and the strength of heaven
to help us, we can improve, and the great thing
about the gospel is we get credit for trying,
even if we don’t always succeed. When there was a controversy in
the early Church regarding who was entitled to heaven’s
blessings and who wasn’t, the Lord declared
to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “Verily I say unto you,
[the gifts of God] are given for the benefit of those
who love me and keep … my commandments, and [for them]
that seeketh so to do.” Boy, aren’t we all thankful for
that added provision, “and … seeketh so to do”! That has been a lifesaver
because sometimes that is all we can offer! We take some solace in
the fact that if God were to reward only
the perfectly faithful, He wouldn’t have much
of a distribution list. Please, please remember
tomorrow, and all the days after that, that the
Lord blesses those who want to improve, who accept
the need for commandments and try to keep them, who
cherish Christlike virtues and strive to the best of
their ability to acquire them. If you stumble in that
pursuit, so does everyone; the Savior is there to
help you keep going. If you fall, summon
His strength. Call out, like Alma, “O
Jesus, … have mercy on me.” He’ll help you to get back up. He’ll help you repent, and
repair, and fix whatever you have to fix, and keep going. Soon enough you will have
the success you seek. “As you desire of me so it
shall be done unto you,” the Lord has declared. “… Put your trust in that Spirit
which leadeth to do good–yea, to do justly, to walk
humbly, to judge righteously. … “… [Then] whatsoever you
desire of me [in] righteousness … you shall receive.” I love that doctrine! It says again and
again and again that we’re going to be blessed
for our desire to do good, even as we actually strive to be so. And it reminds us that to
qualify for those blessings, we must make certain we do
not deny them to others: we are to deal justly, never
unjustly, never unfairly; we’re to walk humbly, never
arrogantly, never pridefully; we’re to judge righteously,
never self-righteously or unrighteously. My brothers and sisters, the
first great commandment of all eternity is to love God
with all our heart, might, mind and strength–that’s the
first great commandment–but the first great truth of all
eternity is that God loves us with all of His heart,
might, mind, and strength. That love is the foundation
stone of eternity, and it should be the foundation
stone of our daily life. Indeed it is only with that
reassurance burning in our soul that we can have the
confidence to keep trying to improve, keep seeking
forgiveness for our sins, and keep extending that
grace to our neighbor. President George Q.
Cannon once taught: “No matter how
serious the trial, how deep the distress, how
great the affliction [God] will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is not His
character [to do so]. … He will [always] stand by us. We may pass through
the fiery furnace; we may pass through deep waters;
but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these
trials and these difficulties the better and the
purer for them.” Now, with that majestic
devotion ringing from heaven as the great constant
in our lives, manifested most purely and
perfectly in the life, death, and Atonement of the
Lord Jesus Christ, we can escape the consequences
of both sin and stupidity–our own or that of others–in
whatever form they may come to us in the course
of daily living. If we give our heart to God, if
we love the Lord Jesus Christ, if we do the best we
can to live the gospel, then tomorrow and
every other day is ultimately going to be
magnificent, even if we don’t always recognize it as such. Why? Because our Heavenly
Father wants it to be! He wants to bless us. A rewarding, abundant,
and eternal life is the very object of His
merciful plan for His children! It is a plan
predicated on the truth “that all things work
together for good to them that love God.” So keep loving. Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on
today, tomorrow, and forever. “Hast thou not known? hast thou not
heard,” Isaiah cried. “”[God] giveth
power to the faint; and to them that have no
might he increaseth strength. … “They that wait upon [Him]
shall renew their strength; they shall mount up
with wings as eagles. … “For … the Lord … God will hold [their] right
hand, saying unto [them], Fear not; I will help thee.” Brothers and sisters, may
a loving Father in Heaven bless us tomorrow to
remember how we felt today. May He bless us to strive with
patience and persistence toward the ideals we have heard,
and heard proclaimed this conference weekend, knowing that
His divine love and unfailing help will be with us even
when we struggle–no, will be with us especially
when we struggle. If gospel standards seem high
and the personal improvement needed in the days ahead
seems out of reach, remember Joshua’s
encouragement to his people when they faced a
daunting future. “Sanctify yourselves,”
he said, “for to morrow the Lord will do
wonders among you.” I declare that same promise. It is the promise
of this conference. It is the promise
of this Church. It is the promise of Him
who performs those wonders, who is Himself “Wonderful,
Counselor, the mighty God, … the Prince of Peace.” Of Him, I bear witness,
of Him I am a witness, and to Him this
conference stands as a testament in this ongoing
work in this latter day. In the name of
Jesus Christ, amen.

80 thoughts on “Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders among You”

  1. I am so grateful for the living prophet and apostles we have in these latter days.
    Thank you Jeffrey R. Holland.

  2. The First Great Truth: Our Heavenly Father loves us with all of His heart, might, mind and strength.

  3. I can hear it over and over and over again… simply amazing the power of the Spirit I feel every time I listen to it….

  4. i felt the words of the savior through him, like a photo copy of the saviors spirit. and the hope for eternity. righteous senses.

  5. Thank you Elder Holland,
    Keep that love which thrills you
    To the center of your soul!
    Christ's light ever shines through
    Seeds of service that you sew!

  6. Elder Holland-You are a blessing to us all. Thank you for your inspiring and passionate words. Love you and your family so much!!

  7. Funny he mentions "ice cream", I met him once while he was with his grandchildren at Baskin Robins. A great talk, thank you Elder Holland

  8. When I asked my kids which talk was their favorite and why. Two out of three answered "Jeffrey R Holland's talk." When they answered why. My 12 year old said "The dinosaur chasing the kids" and my 7 year old said "The t-rex." Luckily my 10 year old liked President Monson's talk about "little choices."

  9. i love this man so much. He is so amazing and such a great example of love for Jesus and for "one another"… His love and testimony of Christ shines- and can be felt by all who will listen, ponder and allow the Holy Spirit to touch. I am a personal witness of the fact that any man can change, Jesus rescues and can HEAL and FILL any hole in your heart… not just fill it "in", but replace it with joy, and peace and that unbelievable warm love that we ALL crave for, as we travel through this realm of our mortal existance….. on our path to learning and becoming a better person. One who has a greater understanding and empathy for all others on this same path. Some perhaps higher or lower on that stairway to heaven, occasionally being cast to the rail by one tumbling down a few flights or others racing up, skipping stairs and on fire with love and faith.
    I have been flailing over the rail, hanging on with all I have and….. sometimes…. I swear I have been tied, cuffed or held by some unseen force that keeps me from falling down into that big black hole!!
    Arent we all in this together and aren't we all the same? Although some have lived different lives with different circumstances, we are all equally valuable– with equal worth. Yes, some make a bigger difference at times or perhaps during their entire journey; but that does NOT increase their value above another's…. that increases their QUALITY of life and joy DURING the journey!!! They may learn and grow from their experiences at an exponential rate… That's a pretty awesome gift that we can have, if we choose it…. but that does not make our value, our spirit, our soul- have worth that is less than or better then another.
    We are all equal; equal in the eyes of God and one another.

    We all have different circumstances….. our own path (with our own personalized set of tools, trials, gifts and experiences)…. Isn't the Master so amazing to have placed us all in such particular places that we all learn and touch and create and experience what He would have us…… so that we learn, love, teach and experience all the beautiful things this life is giving us?

    What a most harmonious symphony!!! I know some insist on "accidents, coincidences and chance" but what I would say to them is yes… we can and do choose; and what we choose effects everything and everyone.
    But perhaps we have a Father above who knows us SO COMPLETELY…. that he has placed us ALL in the most beneficial place we can be at any given moment, to create exactly what He wanted and needed for each of us, individually!?!?!?

    So, next time you hit every green light, just miss that flight or meet that special person who makes your spirit JUMP and SOAR… (or burn) perhaps it's just NOT an accident or coincidence at all. 😀❤

  10. I thank Thee Father in Heaven for sending living Prophets and Apostles again. The church of JESUS CHRIST of latter day saints is the only true church upon the earth. JESUS CHRIST LIVES!!!!!

  11. Indeed a message of hope as we live in this chaotic world…thank Thee Heavenly Father for these faithful servants Thou has annointed

  12. The first three times I heard this talk all i could do was cry. I know this Church is true. I know our Prophets and Apostles are true men of God. I am so thankful that I was baptized again and my slate was wiped clean. I wish I could give this gift to everyone I know!!!

  13. I listen in Spanish but the man who translate His speech don't have the tenderness and kindness of His voice, it's a blessing to listen the touch of His voice.

  14. So grateful!! Our family has healed remarkable wonders in our 1st year post joining this Church!!
    We bring Conference into our home daily with these talks & they've fought off the adversary in remarkable ways. We sure love you guys!

  15. You can hear the holy spirit in his voice as he talks. Tears fill my eyes as my hear is filled with gratitude for this apostle and his wonderful works. May God bless everyone and fill you with peace and joy.

  16. Elder Holland is such a great Apostle of God! we love listening to all the great talks you have and will give!♡♡

  17. I remember thinking "I feel so happy and spiritual right now" and felt a tug of sadness that it'd all be over and I'd go back to feeling sadness and the struggles of life eventually. Then Elder Holland here walks up and spoke of exactly what I was thinking. It made me tear up. The spirit made me feel like he was speaking directly to me :')

  18. My brother and sisters stay strong hold on to the iron rod. Prepare for the years to come draw strength from your testimonies!!!! We weren't sent here to fail!!! We are the elite! Are Heavenly Father knows who he has sent down in these latter days! Do not judge any nationality! We need to love each other in the true church. Are government is falling as immoral nation!!!! Let us stand in righteousness !!!!!

  19. when I hear the words of elder Holland it strengthens my testimony of my love and faith on the gospel I love the church and iam proud yo be a member of many years and will continue to do so for years to come

  20. Great talk!!!! Don't give up, apply the Saviors atonement & do your best! Find joy even small moments, everyday!! A smile, a hug, serve those around you, & never stop praying!!! ❤️🤗😇

  21. Thank you Elder Holland, The Lord responded with an answer I didn't deserve directly through you today. May you always be blessed. How could I ever thank The Lord adequately for showing me such love? I can't, but I'll try.

  22. Thank you so very much Elder Holland! Your words reminds me of how much the Lord loves all of us and everyone of us matters to Him, so much. I can't thank you enough and the heaven's above.

  23. I failed tonight and lashed out…now I'm feeling the weight of what I did. I needed to hear this. Trying so hard to be the best that I can but slip so easily. Now I sit knowing I lost control of my emotions and allowed myself to get angry. Thank you for this I love his talks. Amen

  24. I remember the first time I saw this video… I couldnt stop crying.
    That day I felt my life could change, no matter how hard it seems the path to walk through.
    Since that day my vision of my life and all the trails i have to endure in order to qualify myself for getting the exaltation seem more bearable…

  25. This is incredible…one of the best, and love – filled, ever…💖💖💖💖💖😇😘…
    If you are struggling, or feeling pain, this one's for you…😇
    Watched this as one of my favorites, as a great speaker here brought to mind D&C 88…just incredible celestial revelations…
    No young guy in the 19th Century, without education or knowledge of things not of this earth, " wrote" these things; they were left to us – for these times right now… Hope all people who still desire good, will come to see this…There is so much work to do – both here, and in eternity…😇😇…😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇…🌞🌝🌟🌎

  26. I really testify to wat Elder Jeffery said,,,, and am really grateful for the restored gospel,,,, before I joined the church,,, I lost my mom by the time I was only 15yrs of age,, she was my only hope,, I was everything in my life,,,, I hate myself,, I lost hope,, I was so devastated cuz I had no one to help…. but one day i met missionaries,, they started to share wit me the gospel,, I was so interested to know more about it,,, in 2006 Apil I got baptised,, so from there my life changed,, i started to see a new person in me cuz of the light i received dat changed me to see hope again in my life…..later on in 2015 I decided to go and serve my Heavenly father in Ghana cape coast mission,,, I was very happy to do such amazing miracle to invite people to come into Christ,,,, so right now am in preparations wit my husband to go to the temple to be sealed for life and eternity,,, wat a blessing,,, indeed God tomorrow will do wonders,, right now am very happy woman and I baptised my mom in the temple,, it's such a blessing to me,, #GLORY #BE #TO #GOD

  27. If you read what I say know, not knowing if what Elder Holland is saying is true, test it! I know these things are true. "Of Him I bare witness! Of Him I am a witness." Christ does live! Father in Heaven does love you and I always thought it was "you either do or you don't, there is no try" but God WILL accept your tries when you have done all that you can do.
    Today has been a hard day for me and this talk came up as the suggested. I know that God was speaking directly to me through this, but I also know that He is aware of each and every one of His children and speaks to all through personal revelation, the scriptures, and those he has called to speak for Him.
    He is our Father. He loves us. These things ARE true and it is such a great blessing to know that. If you don't know these things are true, I implore you to ask God if these things are true for that is what brings me peace when the world is fighting against me.

  28. Don't be afraid for me because I fight with Satan/wrong thoughts, so that he cannot reach all of you already repent, baptize and married. That's why I am still playing I have 2 more sister not yet baptize and 3 nieces, 3 nephews those not yet repent, baptize and married because they already have children in body and flesh it OK their children's and grandchildren but just them to repent, baptize and married. They might say it impossible to change them but if they can't they will see what the meaning of true left behind/ their soul will left behind, if the I buried my own dust. I have flesh too and what can I do just shake like a snake. Our Heavenly FATHER'S didn't creates me to be like shaking snake but human. Please forgive me for these word but it true I am human not shaking snake. I wanted to run so fast because my flesh is shaking but still a lost children hold tide my clothes, so I don't want to left them just give on shaking like a snake. I think I rather turn real big snake so that I stay in the water forever. I think it better that way so that I cannot have human flesh.

  29. I love hearing from the prophets you are doing great.i can feel gods Love and he's unfailing love to each of us. Thanks again

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