Elder L. Tom Perry has always been a favorite of mine. What can I say, I like tall men.
He has an easy and friendly manner that appeals to nearly everyone. Although he addresses difficult subjects and controversial issues, he seems to do it in ways that don't offend anyone. Hearing or reading his addresses is always pleasant. His material is always well organized and easy to access.
His address to the October 2013, General Conference is no exception. He explained all the Articles of Faith in a story format that makes the concepts easy to remember.
In writing up his bio, I was surprised to learn that he was part of the occupation forces in World War 2 after the war. So was my father, who was only an inch shorter than Elder Perry. My father said that his extraordinary height made him something of a curiosity to the Japanese people.
My father had a cashmere jacket made for him while he was in Japan. He remembers there were several little Japanese tailors standing around him, holding their measuring tapes, gazing up at him saying the Japanese equivalent of "Wow!"
At his height, Elder Perry must have been a real sensation!
Photo courtesy of © 2013 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles meets conference goers prior to the start of the Saturday afternoon session of general conference, 5 October 2013.