Let us take a moment and be careful about these stories. Although they might be
"faith promoting", we must remember that President Monson is NOT our
path to salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ is. Any deviation from that intent
and vision is, by definition, a ploy by the great deceiver.
This is a blessing this young man will never forget. A number of years back,
prior to moving out of Salt Lake Area i took my two youngest children to General
Conference, we were a little late, and had to sit up above the choir and were
told that we would need to leave prior to the closing prayer. Which we did and
as a result the children were requied to move back with the rest of the crowd
and s tand behind a rope, so President McKay could come out in his wheelchair.
I accidentally got disconnected from them and was standing back by the
tabernacle building, waiting until the Prophet had gotten in his car and left.
The prophet went over to my two children, stood up out of his wheelchair, and
put a hand on each one of their heads and said "bless you my children"
Needless to say tears started flowing with all of us, my children have ever
forgotten this experiencee. My son has served a mission and is very dedicated
in callings he has had, and My daughter is a Temple Worker.They both wee married
in the Temple
Sweet story! Love Pres. Monson!
I was a new member in 1980. After the Saturday morning session of October
conference, I was walking along North Temple, and coming my way were President
of the Quorum of the 12 Ezra Taft Benson and his wife. They were just walking
holding hands toward the Church Administration building having come from the
Tabernacle. He stopped and we chatted for a minute. A very gracious man who as
we all know became the President of the Church. Leaving that conference on the
way home to California, I decided to go on a mission.
Uh, oh. I see dollar signs flying. Sure as shooting, there is a book now being
pondered to be on sale at Deseret Book in time for next conference. Look, you
shook hands with the Prophet, just like hundreds of other faithful saints.
Cherish it, but move on.
In my time in the Church I have been blessed to have met and shaken the hand of
two who have eventually become Presidents of the Church, Joseph Fielding Smith
and Gordon B. Hinckley. And two while they were the prophets, Harold B Lee and
Ezra Taft Benson. In each case the feeling was the same, the Holy Ghost was so
powerful that I knew this man was a special friend of Jesus. I also
got the same feeling when I shook the hands of President Packer, Elders LeGrand
Richards, Richard L Evans and Bruce R McConkie when they were at Stake or
I was moved to tears when this boy's Mom recounted the tough year that they
have had, and recall reading earlier that Stockton attended with her ex-husband.
Life is difficult and challenging for all of us. If there is anyway possible
to reunite this family for the sake of young Stockton and any other siblings, I
hope it happens!
Stockton...don't worry about what anybody says to you or that you read...it
IS a big deal and HE is a big deal! Even the non-LDS like me out here in
California have seen your picture and read your story!!!!
To follow on interesting stories about meeting General Authorities, one story I
heard when I was in England on a mission went as follows. At a stake conference
presided over by Elder Mark E. Peterson of the twelve, a new member who did not
know much about the church yet, went up and asked Elder Peterson just who he was
in the Church. The member realized he was someone special, but not knowing
exactly what he was he asked the question. Mark Peterson replied, "I'm
an Elder". I like that.
TO: Sarah Petersen (author of article)--Could you please comment
here, and explain how you were able to "track down" this boy and his
family, to interview them for the article??Great article;
I know this German Sister who about 5 years ago joined the Church. She was your
typical German.. very opinionated about many things and I remember her telling
me that she had a hard time feeling anything about these men who are the leaders
of our Church. She would say, "they're are people just like you and me
and are just serving the Lord like we do." So she had no reason to hang
them on wall like many LDS people do.Then she met Elder Holland in
her Stake Conference meeting. She called me on the phone and said.. "I was
wrong. There is definitely something about these men that is more." She
said "I have never felt the spirit so strong." There are
many in this world that will snicker at the LDS who have their Prophets and
Apostles. But how is it any different today that it was in the past? Oh.. I
know. The are not allowed to stone and kill them today.
As ushers at a temple dedication I was assigned a specific place to stand. We
were in place well before the first presidency arrived. We were instructed to
stay where we were, and be polite but let them walk by so they could get to the
places they needed to for the dedication, so not to slow them down by engaging
them in a conversation or crowding around them. After waiting for a
bit I looked around and left my post to ask another usher if the first
presidency had arrived when suddenly I looked up and President Monson (then a
counselor in the first presidency) came marching right up to us shook our hands,
gave us a quick smile and continued on his way. I can never use
this story to illustrate the blessings of obediently being where you should
With all of the stories and drama in the media that leads up to the LDS General
Conference sessions, I think that this simple, beautiful act of holding the hand
of a child says so much about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
and our beliefs. President Monson emulated the love of the Gospel and of the
Priesthood that he holds, through His love for this child. It was a very tender
moment for all to see the representation of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, through
our living Prophet. Of all the talks that were shared with us, which were many
and glorious, this one moment, without words, was the greatest teaching we could
have received from this Conference. I loved the message that was shared to all
of God's children, that we are all special!
What a wonderful article. I enjoyed it so much. When I was a boy of 7 or 8, I
met David O. McKay when he came to Laie, HI. My grandma took me up to the podium
after the Sunday meeting to shake his hand. I have never forgotten that
experience even though it's been well over 50 years ago. He spoke to me and
although I don't remember what he said I remember the very special feeling
that came over me when he took my hand into his and looked into my eyes.
I love that President Monson wiggled his ears whilst walking out! Haha. Such a
grandfatherly thing to do! What a fun, tender man we have to be the Prophet of
the Lord. Haha. Love it!
@And_im_a_mormonWow! Nailed it. Couldn't have said it any
@And_im_a_mormon @MapleDon Good grief--you need to chill. The boy shook hands
with the prophet. That is a memorable, big deal. Sheesh. Some people like to
throw water on a good story because they have a chip on their shoulder.
It warmed my heart when I observed Pres. Monson reach out to shake
Stockton's hand. I was so happy for Stockton. It reminded me of the time
in 1955, when I was a young boy and attending Conference with my mother. After
one of the morning sessions, I was behind the tabernacle, in a crowd of people,
waiting for Pres. McKay to come out. A man reached out to me, lifted me to his
shoulder so I could see Pres. McKay. When he came out, the man told me to stick
my hand out. I did and Pres. McKay shook it and said "Good Morning" as
he went by. It was just a small moment in a crowd of several people, but I have
never forgotten the look in his eyes and the special feeling I had while
shaking the hand of the Prophet. I relate to Stockton very much.
Stockton's experience will be one of many that will urge him to prepare him
for his mission.
Though it was nice for Monson to shake the boys hand, Monson is just a man. A
spiritual leader, yes. But still, just a man.
Reminds me of the time that I was at a Springsteen concert and he slapped my
hand. What a special day that was for me. I was the most famous man in the world
Congratulations, Stockton! What a wonderful experience!I, too, know
President Monson is a prophet of God becauseI feel the love of my Heavenly
Father whenever the Prophet speaks.I am proud of your decision to
serve a mission, your experience has already reached many and touched
their hearts for good.