- I could not bear it if anything I might ever say or do would in any way diminish your faith in Christ, your love for this church, or the esteem in which you hold the holy apostleship.
He speaks of his testimony of the newly called prophet of the church, President Howard W. Hunter.
- Like every prophet before him—including Joseph Smith, Jr.—and every prophet who will succeed him, President Hunter was called and foreordained in the grand councils of heaven before this world was. I bear solemn witness of that fact and the principle of Church governance it teaches.
He thanks the members of the church for their support of him. He acknowledges the love he feels from the sustaining vote of the saints.
- I especially thank you for sustaining your leaders, whatever their personal sense of limitation may be. This morning, in common consent, you volunteered to uphold—or more literally “hold up”—the presiding officers of the kingdom, those who bear the keys and responsibility for the work, not one man of whom sought the position or feels equal to the task. And even when Jeffrey Holland’s name is proposed as the last and the least of the newly ordained, your arm goes lovingly to the square. And you say to Brother Holland through his tears and his nights of walking the floor: “You lean on us. Lean on us out here in Omaha and Ontario and Osaka where we have never even seen you, and scarcely know who you are. But you are one of the ‘Brethren,’ so you are no stranger or foreigner to us, but a fellow citizen in the household of God. You will be prayed for in our family, and you will hold a place within our hearts. Our strength shall be your strength. Our faith will build your faith. Your work will be our work.”
- This church, the great institutional body of Christ, is a marvelous work and a wonder not only because of what it does for the faithful but also because of what the faithful do for it. Your lives are at the very heart of that marvel. You are evidence of the wonder of it all.
He concludes with his testimony of the Savior.
- We esteem this Messiah to be holy, harmless, undefiled—the bearer of unchangeable priesthood. He is the anchor to our souls and our high priest of promise. He is our God of good things to come. In time and in eternity—and surely in striving to fulfill this new responsibility which has come to me—I shall forever be grateful for his promise: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”.
Elder Holland has such a humble spirit about him. You can tell by the things he says and the topics he chooses to talk about, that he truly understands he is on the Lord's errand. He knows the amazing responsibility he has been given and accepts it with such humility. I appreciated his comments "I could not bear it if anything I might ever say or do would in any way diminish your faith in Christ." I understand that desire. I have that feeling with my family. I never want to let them down. I never want to be the cause of their lack of faith in Christ. As Elder Holland accepts this great responsibility by relying on the Savior, I too can move forward with the same support and love that he relies on to serve. I know the Savior will lift us and support us as we serve with all we have.