Elder Jeffrey R. Holland delivered a stirring – and, at times, emotional – testimony of the Book of Mormon to believers, non-believers and former believers in the October 2009 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Holding in his hand a 1830’s edition of the Mormon scripture recovered from the murder scene of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Holland – an apostle of Jesus Christ — asserted that “for 179 years this book has been examined and attacked, denied and deconstructed, targeted and torn apart like perhaps no other book in modern religious history—perhaps like no other book in any religious history. And still it stands.”  He then testified that “there is no other answer than the one Joseph gave as its young unlearned translator” and quoted his own great-grandfather as saying, “No wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so.”

“The Book of Mormon is true, …it came forth the way Joseph said it came forth and was given to bring happiness and hope to the faithful in the travail of the latter days,” he stated.

In the following short video, producer Seth Adam Smith covers the highlights of Elder Holland’s talk.


Elder Holland’s conference address, “Safety for the Soul”, can be accessed in print format or downloaded in MP3 audio as well as  WMV and MP4 video formats.

For my friends who are less familiar with the Book of Mormon, may I suggest this lighthearted and useful 3-minute explanation at the Mormons Made Simple website.