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When Boston Mission President Frank Manson asked whether Senator Hatch would recruit Ted Kennedy to give a joint fireside to the missionaries, Senator Hatch decided he’d give it a try. Senator Hatch chose his moment with diplomatic wisdom, approaching Senator Kennedy late one night when he was in a good humor and a little tipsy (“Remembering Ted Kennedy,” Mark Bohn). When asked if he would be willing to speak to over 200 missionaries, Senator Kennedy said done.
After receiving a letter about the fireside the next day, Senator Kennedy had to have a little chat with Senator Hatch, just to see if there was anything else he had agreed to the night before. The answer was yes. Senator Kennedy had promised not only to speak at the fireside, but he had promised to secure Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall as the location.
Senator Kennedy delivered on both his promises, giving a stirring speech at the beautiful assembly hall. When asked if he had ever received a copy of the Book of Mormon, Senator Kennedy replied, “No, but I bet there’s a copy on my desk Monday morning” (Brother Paul’s Mormon Bathroom Reader, Paul B. Skousen, 2005).
Later, when Senator Kennedy was asked to help with the debate surrounding placing an angel atop the Boston temple, he promised, “All of western Massachusetts will see the Angel Gabriel on the top of the Mormon temple” (“Remembering Ted Kennedy,” Mark Bohn). When told it was actually the angel Moroni, Senetar Kennedy replied, “Does this mean I’m going to get another Book of Mormon for Christmas?” (“Remembering Ted Kennedy,” Mark Bohn).