By Deseret Book Press Release
Elder Holland's New Book A Timely Message on the Importance of Personal Purity
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Perhaps no message is of more importance today than
that of the importance of staying morally clean and pure. It's a message
powerfully delivered by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in "Of Souls, Symbols, and
Sacraments (Deseret Book, $10.95 hardcover book, $10.95 audiocassette,
$12.95 CD talk on tape, $15.95 videocassette).
Elder Holland discusses these private and sacred issues in an honest but
delicate and compassionate manner, always couching his comments in the
language of the scriptures and emphasizing the love of God and the power of
the Atonement. Turning his remarkable spiritual and literary talents to the
subject of human intimacy, Elder Holland reviews the doctrinal seriousness
of personal purity and examines "why we should be clean, and why moral
discipline is such a significant matter in God's eyes." Relying on scripture
and statements from the prophets and using thought-provoking insights from
poets and philosophers, he explains clearly and forcefully why Latter-day
Saints cannot adopt the world's views about intimacy.
"Of Souls, Symbols, and Sacraments" is an invaluable companion for parents
teaching their families the law of chastity and for young adults struggling
with why to say no when the world is pressuring them to say yes.
About the Author:
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland received his bachelor's and master's degrees from
Brigham Young University, and a master's degree and Ph.D. in American
Studies fromYale University. He was appointed president of BYU in 1980,
holding that position until called as a member of the First Quorum of the
Seventy in 1989. In June 1994, he was called as a member of the Quorum of
the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He
and his wife, Patricia Terry Holland, are the parents of three children.