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Published: Tuesday, March 18 2014 4:40 p.m. MDT

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Gilbert, AZ

I wonder if he is shaking the hands of the children because the adults are too obstinate to listen. He prefers those who are open to listening to the message.

Provo, UT

I wonder if he shook the hands of Tom Philips and other petitioners in the UK court case.

Danbury, CT

Elder Christofferson did the same when he visited our Stake in October 2012. That left a definite impression on both Youth and their parents as did his warm and personable messages throughout our conferences. He left an Apostolic blessing that in many ways blessed our Stake for the months to come - through Hurricane Sandy and the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook.

Vernal, UT

I prefer to focus on the positive, Lovely Deseret. Little children are close to our Savior, and I'm sure Elder Christofferson knows that. I'm sure he felt their sweet spirits as he shook their hands. What a special experience for him, for the children, and for their parents.


I wish the story reported where the event happened.


Having joined the Church in New Jersey in the 1970s and seeing prophets/apostles very very seldom, I know how important this is. We saw Pres. Kimball in a HUGE arena so there was no way he could have done something like this. So happy for these Latter-day Saints!

Arlington, WA

Was it in 1981 in Ann Arbor Michigan during a large area conference? I was there on my mission, but I seem to remember that there were several area conferences back then. At the time, the General Authorities wanted get closer to the people.

I have been to two such events. Both very inspiring and uplifting.

Papa B
Dalton, GA

Elder Christofferson, is a kind and loving man. Our granddaughter suffers from a rare genetic skin disorder called Lamellar Ichthyosis. While visiting the Nashville Temple about two years ago, my daughter, her husband and their daughter Hanna, met and shook hands with him. He asked all about Hanna's condition and has called to check on her. Grateful for the love, concern and prayers he has offered on Hanna's behalf.

Lehi, UT

I am a little shocked at why this is news. I have meet Elder Christofferson and he seems like a genuinely nice man, but shaking the hands of people should not be news. It should be commonplace. To often we build these men up to be more than they are. Shaking hands is not only common courtesy, but also an act of respect for those that you teach. I think the news should be when these men DO NOT shake hands with the congregation instead of when they do.

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