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.
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.
@kattawnWas 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.
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!
I wish the story reported where the event happened.
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.
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.
I wonder if he shook the hands of Tom Philips and other petitioners in the UK
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.