From my Police Officer’s “Daily Field Activity Report”, log entry #7 a true Police story about how a dream came true for me to be able express my gratitude and love to a man of God.
I was very impressed with a man named, Spencer W. Kimball, who at the time was the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I had just ended a two-year Church mission in October of 1980. During that time, I had read several books that he wrote and I particularly loved the book titled, “The Miracle of Forgiveness”. I had listened to the many spiritual speeches he had given, in person and on recordings, and I followed his leadership throughout the church and saw the good he did for people. He was a truly a man of God and he had a tremendous influence on me. Because of the respect I had for President Kimball, it was my dream to one day meet him in person, shake his hand, and express my love and gratitude for the impact he had made on my life to want be a better person and want to follow the gospel and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
It’s mid November 1981 and I am sitting in roll call listening to the Sergeant talk, “They are dedicating a new Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and there will be almost a million people coming to see it in the next week”. “We are going to use over three hundred Officers for crowd control, traffic control and security”, he added. As the Serge continued, I thought to myself, “I’m relatively new on the job and I’m going to be stuck at some intersection directing traffic a mile away from any real action”. I put my head in my hands and closed my eyes, “I’m going to dread this… I just know it”. I looked up at the Serge who was getting ready to end, “We will have all assignments posted in the ‘action-plan’ and that assignment is yours for the entire week…dismissed!” he barked as the crowd of Officers raced out of the room.
I stopped and picked up one of the action plans to see what my assignment was and got the surprise of my life, “the front door to the Temple?” I shouted with a happy but unbelieving tone, “I’m posted at the front door!” The Sergeant turned around and said, “Yeah, you get to meet all those important Church people so wear a clean uniform and spit shine those shoes”.
September 16th through the 20th 1981, I stood my post at the front door of the Temple for five days. During that time, I was able to greet and shake the hands of many of the Church leaders. However, the best part of my assignment was finally being able to shake the hand of President, Spencer W. Kimball, and express my gratitude. “I love you President Kimball,” I said looking him straight in the eyes, “I love you too my son,” he said smiling and patting me on the side of the face with his hand.
That was twenty-nine years ago and since then I have had the honor of meeting countless Hollywood celebrities, the President of the United States and many other important and influential people. However, meeting Spencer W. Kimball and shaking his hand and expressing my love and gratitude to him are the highlights of my career.