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LDS Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks at BYU-Idaho commencement

April 14, 2019

REXBURG — Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was a keynote speaker at the Winter Semester Commencement on Friday at the BYU-Idaho Center.

At the beginning of Elder Holland’s remarks he said that the president and prophet of the church, President Russel M. Nelson, wanted to let students know that he loves them and was thinking of them.

Holland would go on to discuss the importance of remembering and how it is different from recollecting or recalling. He said that the word remember is an action verb and that it calls those who remember to take action. He references that the Scriptures mention the word remember about 554 times and only references recollect nine times.

He closed his speech reminding students that they earned the happiness that comes with graduation.

“I charge you this day to remember, remember the divinity of this work,” Elder Holland said. “Remember to pray, remember to serve, remember to serve, remember to tithe, remember to teach, remember to be clean and honest and to forgive. And remember to be this happy 10 years from now, then 20, then 50. I have told you and 554 remembrance scriptures have backed me up as to how you can guarantee that happiness. Active verb, Lord God of Hosts Be with us yet lest we forget, lest we forget, congratulations you captains and kings.”

Several videos were shown during commencement including one video that had a clip of late Church President Gordon B. Hinckley speaking to students, fighting back tears.

“You wonderful young people of this church, I love ya,” President Hinckley said in the video. “There is no end in sight for the good you could do, you know it? You’re just simple kids, you’re no geniuses! I know that. But the work of the world isn’t done by geniuses it’s done by ordinary people who’ve learned to work in an extraordinary way.

President Eyring also mentioned that the I-Center was designed by President Hinckley.

“I would just like to thank you for fulfilling a prophecy, President Gordon B. Hinckley was the designer of this facility,” President Eyring said. “It was originally architected for 12,000 people which had seemed large at the time. But President Kim B. Clark received a phone call telling him that he needed to make this auditorium bigger. You have almost filled it tonight. And in so doing you have fulfilled a prophecy.”

President Eyring said that the school continues to grow and that there was 2,562 students receiving diplomas at commencement, 2,004 of those students were receiving bachelor degrees, 582 were receiving associates degrees, 732 students are online students and 516 of them began their studies as pathway students.