A friend just sent me a link to a blog post that recounts the experience of the writer’s cousin with his “home teacher,” which he explains in Mormon parlance to be a “spiritual first responder” who “jumps at any opportunity to be of service.”
Providing some good insights into Mitt Romney as a person and a leader in a way that entirely suits the purposes of MittTheMan.com, the entire post is worth reading, especially by someone who has no idea what service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints entails. Here is the gist of the story:
A few years back, a hive of hornets decided to make its nest on top of a second-story swamp cooler outside my cousin’s Boston-area home. My cousin made an ill-fated attempt to remove the hornets, which resulted in a two-story fall and a broken arm.
“This looks like a job for your home teacher,” said my cousin’s home teacher.
The home teacher brought over his own ladder and clothed himself in homemade beekeeping gear. He then made his way to the hornet’s nest and gathered the whole thing up in a garbage bag, avoiding any stings or the more severe injuries that had beset my cousin. He did this with no public fanfare, no accolades, and no thought of collecting payment for his efforts.
And who was this noble home teacher? A man by the name of Mitt Romney.
The writer concludes that “Among other things, Mitt Romney is a good home teacher.” Speaking of church service that often requires men such as Mitt to serve “forty hours a week in their unpaid positions in addition to their ‘real’ jobs.” He describes those called as church leaders such as “bishop” (lay pastor) and stake president (in charge of several congregations), as Mitt has been numerous times:
So they must lead without being authoritarian; they must judge without being judgmental, and they must minister without offending. That means the people who get this assignment are often more even-tempered that exciting, more reassuring than revolutionary, and more competent than colorful.
I wrote here previously here how Mitt is above all things a problem solver, and this blogger concludes his post in a way that shows he agrees completely with that idea. Writing that one should not expect a President Romney to “dazzle the masses with rhetorical virtuosity,” he concludes that “One should instead expect him [Mitt] to practically and quietly remove the hornet’s nest from the nation’s second-story swamp cooler.”
I love the metaphor!