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Mormon leader Elder Jeffrey R. Holland to receive Manhood Award

Published: Tuesday, July 23 2013 2:30 p.m. MDT

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, seen here with his wife Patricia at the 179th semi-annual general conference of the LDS Church on Oct. 3, 2009, will receive the Manhood Award in Washington City Tuesday. (Keith Johnson, Deseret News archives) Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, seen here with his wife Patricia at the 179th semi-annual general conference of the LDS Church on Oct. 3, 2009, will receive the Manhood Award in Washington City Tuesday. (Keith Johnson, Deseret News archives)

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve will be honored in the midst of Pioneer Day celebrations Tuesday evening.

A St. George native, Elder Holland will return to Washington City today to receive the county's Manhood Award, which recognizes positive values among men.

"We noticed kind of a decline in the definition of what manhood is,” Dale Ure, who is in charge of presenting the award, told thespecturm.com. “We have been giving that award out to men in the community who have exemplified what true manhood is ....”

The presentation, which is closed to the public, will take place during a luau at Veteran's Park at 7:30 p.m., and Elder Holland is expected to make a brief acceptance speech.

Roughly 2,200 men and boys dressed as the Roughly 2,200 men and boys dressed as the "stripling warriors" from the Book of Mormon marched in the Handcart Days parade in Bountiful July 20, 2012. (Nate Leishman)

It is also anticipated that Elder Holland will participate in the local Pioneer Day parade, according to stgnews.com.

The parade will feature a group of youths portraying Helaman's stripling warriors from the Book of Mormon and others dressed as missionaries, as well as Boy Scouts in uniform.

Event director Rick Neilson decided to add the stripling warrior segment after seeing the Handcart Days parade in Bountiful last year. That parade featured 2,060 young men from 17 stakes. Neilson is expecting as many as 1,000 youths to participate in the Dixie event.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday on 300 East.

Emily Eyring is an editor and product manager for DeseretNews.com.

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