|Real Men||June 30, 2005|
Not to detract from the recent offensive filth on this blog lately, I’d like to add some thoughts.
In my last post on Speed Dating, I read a lot of comments about mormon men and how they aren’t as romantic or interesting as non-mormons. I want to set the record straight — there are real mormon men that I admire and that I think are interesting, and perhaps romantic. Case in point: Elder Henry B. Eyring.
Now that’s a real mormon man. He’s strong, clearly very intelligent, a good father and nice man. And tall! I also have to admit, I find the bald thing attractive; basically he’s the LDS equivalent of Patrick Stewart, sans British accent.
He is a mesmerizing speaker — he speaks plainly, yet his sentences are graceful. I’ve also heard he’s quite the athlete.
None of those factors on their own would put Elder Eyring ahead of, say, Elder Uchtdorf (growl…!). But Elder Eyring has a secret power that makes him more irresistible than any other. Listen well, single Elders of the Church: Elder Eyring is a real man because he cries. A lot. Almost every talk I’ve ever heard from him ends with him choking up at some point. I’m not sure why, but seeing someone who is that emotionally open and who is so willing to share their deepest convictions is really attractive. I suspect part of it is in the delivery; guys choke up in sacrament meeting all the time, and I’m not impressed. I don’t think it’s frequency of tears, though: my roommate Melanie told me last night that she and Clark were talking, and all of a sudden he started crying. Again, not impressed; Clark gets misty-eyed listening to Coldplay, and was probably just trying to grope Melanie some more on our couch.
No — with Elder Eyring, it seems more real, more earnest. Perhaps it is because I know his intentions and I know he is honorable. Perhaps it is because I have a testimony that he is called of God. I’m not quite sure, but I can tell you this — real men do exist in our church, and they lead it! I’m grateful for it, too, because it gives me hope that there are more like them somewhere out there.