In a Facebook post this week, Elder Neil L. Andersen praised Latter-day Saint pro golfer Tony Finau as one who “stand[s] out from the world.”
In the post, Elder Andersen mentions his October 2022 general conference address, in which he spoke about how Church members can be distinct, uncommon, and special—without isolating themselves from others who believe differently.
Elder Andersen then writes about how Finau is “an example … of being unashamed of being a member of the restored gospel.”
He also mentions how Finau was voted earlier this year as the nicest player on the PGA Tour, a distinction awarded by Golf Digest based on a survey of more than 120 players, caddies, media members, golf executives, locker-room attendants, and tournament volunteers.
According to Golf Digest, “We asked specific questions and open-ended ones, and Tony Finau’s name came up more than anybody else’s.”
The article goes on to say that Finau is “well-known for his ever-present smile and being generous with his time.” Finau is then quoted as saying, “If I have a conversation with a person, and I leave thinking I’ve brightened their day just a little bit somehow, that makes me happy.”
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Read the full Facebook post from Elder Andersen below.