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When Alex Boye received a copy of the Book of Mormon from his ward mission leader along with a challenge to give the book away during the week, he never imagined fulfilling this duty could create national headlines.
Later that week, Boye found himself in London performing for a charity that celebrates the accomplishments of inner-city kids called “The Prince’s Trust.” One day during the tour, Boye heard a frantic voice yelling from the hallway, “Quick, hurry! Prince Charles wants to meet everyone” ("Prince Charles and the Book of Mormon," Alex Boye, 2012). Boye thought it was little more than a joke until he saw a scarlet helicopter with the royal family’s crest landing on the lawn.
Scrambling to get dressed, Boye ran downstairs, anxious and flustered to meet the heir and possible next monarch of England. But, as Boye stood on ceremony with his band members, he felt a persistent urge to return to his room. Unable to shake the feeling, Boye asked his band to save his place as he sprinted upstairs.
Boye stared blankly at his room, confused by the prompting until his eye fell on the copy of the Book of Mormon his mission leader had given him. Boye tucked this inexpensive, mass-produced copy of scripture into his back pocket and headed back downstairs for his audience with Prince Charles.
As Prince Charles walked along the line of staff and celebrities, shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries, Boye searched for something witty or unforgettable to say, but his mind went blank. The prince came and went, leaving Boye standing there with a navy blue book still sticking out of his back pocket.
As Prince Charles and his entourage prepared to board the helicopter, Boye knew he couldn’t let this moment pass. He began waving his hands in the air and screamed out for Prince Charles to stop.
Embarrassed, but gathering a small measure of confidence and composure, Boye reached for the book in his back pocket. At this motion, security guards started to descend, thinking Boye was reaching for something more lethal. But, Boye managed to pull his Book of Mormon free and offer it to Prince Charles, forgoing all rules of proper protocol.
Prince Charles accepted the book graciously, saying he thought it would prove some interesting reading. That next Sunday, when Boye stood to report on the challenge from his ward mission leader, very few members believed him. That is, until they saw footage of him handing Prince Charles a Book of Mormon on the news later that night.
To read Alex Boye’s personal account of his encounter with Prince Charles, check out this article from the Deseret News.