8-year-old boy reflects on shaking President Monson's hand at general conference

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    Nov. 5, 2013 8:56 p.m.

    Congratulations, Stockton! What a wonderful experience!

    I, too, know President Monson is a prophet of God because
    I 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.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    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 that day...

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Nov. 5, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    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.

  • Bill Jensen Burley, ID
    Nov. 5, 2013 5:55 a.m.

    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.

  • gittalopctbi Glendale, AZ
    Nov. 4, 2013 8:36 p.m.

    @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.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 2:37 p.m.


    Wow! Nailed it. Couldn't have said it any better.

  • Mimifran Gymea, NSW
    Nov. 4, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    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!

  • islandboy Honolulu, HI
    Nov. 4, 2013 2:08 p.m.

    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.

  • cebh Sandy, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 2:02 p.m.

    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!

  • jeanie orem, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    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 be..... :)

  • MrNirom1 Aloha, OR
    Nov. 4, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    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.

  • InspectorC Wasatch Front, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    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; heartwarming story!

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 10:20 a.m.

    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.

  • sukiyhtaky us, CA
    Nov. 4, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    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!!!!

  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 4, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    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!

  • Arizona Border Dude NACO, AZ
    Nov. 4, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    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 District Conferences.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    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.

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 8:52 a.m.

    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.

  • georgiaonmymind1 Lawrenceville, GA
    Nov. 4, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    Sweet story! Love Pres. Monson!

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    Nov. 4, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    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

  • And_im_a_mormon Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 7:23 a.m.

    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.