Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the featured speaker at Provo’s Patriotic Service this Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Marriott Center. Elder Holland, who has been heavily involved in civic activities as well as church, will give a speech with a patriotic theme.
In addition to Elder Holland’s speech, patriotic music will be provided by a 2,000-voice children’s chorus and by the 23rd Army Band of the Utah National Guard. The 23rd Army Band is led by Norman R. Wendel, who has been the bandmaster for the past 15 years.
Gov. Michael Leavitt will be present to extend a brief centennial greeting to the audience and the winner of the 1996 Freedom Festival Youth Speech Contest will also deliver his or her winning oration.
Elder Holland was ordained a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles in 1994. Before that, he served as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. His assignments during that time included serving as first counselor in the presidency of the Young Men organization and president of the Europe North Area of the church.
From 1980 to 1989, Elder Holland served as the ninth president of the BYU. He is a former church commissioner of education, dean of the College of Religious Education at BYU, and instructor at several institutes of religion