WASHINGTON – Hundreds of people turned out in Veterans Park in Washington for a Pioneer Day eve luau and the opportunity to meet Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Tuesday night. During the luau, Holland,a native of Southern Utah and one of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, received the Manhood Award from the local community.
Holland and his wife, Patricia Holland, are the grand marshals of Washington City’s Pioneer Day parade this year. The parade will also feature up to 1,000 youth dressed as LDS missionaries and “stripling warriors.”
Holland joked that his wife was the real star of the forthcoming event, and he was merely one of her attendants.
He said he looked forward to being in the parade with the youth, particularly those of upcoming missionary age. Currently the LDS Church has over 70,000 missionaries serving across the world thanks to last year’s announcement that missionaries could serve at younger ages. Holland added that the Church projects that number will rise to over 85,000 in a few months, and may even reach 90,000 in the future.
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The Hollands were also honored by residents of Washington during the evening, Holland specifically was presented with the Manhood Award by Dale Ure, who said society in general has “deflated what real manhood is.”
The Manhood Award has been presented since the mid-1970s to members of the community who exemplify what “real manhood” is according to the standards of the award, which include characteristics such as integrity, responsibility, promoting freedom and liberty, and so on.
According to a card titled “The Twelve Pillars of True Manhood,” which was handed out the the crowd as a part of the presentation, a true man is “a combination of George Washington, Pope John Paul, John Wayne (and) Superman.”
“I didn’t know I was qualified,” Holland joked. “I’m glad they at least think I’m in the running for it.”
Patricia Holland was also presented with a book of local cooking recipes by Washington Mayor Ken Neilson.
As the sun began to set, the evening concluded with a troupe of Polynesian dancers out of Las Vegas entertaining the crowd.
All throughout the evening, longtime friends of the Hollands stopped by the couple’s table to say hello, while many others lined up for a chance to meet Holland in person.
When acting in his capacity as a leader of the LDS Church, Holland is known for impassioned sermons given during the church’s semi-annual general conferences.
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