The Unbelievable Story Behind the Viral Spiderman Photo with President Uchtdorf

by | Aug. 18, 2016

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Who knew this crazy and random photo had such a surprisingly touching story behind it?

We’ve all seen the viral photo of "Spiderman” shaking President Uchtdorf’s hand at City Creek Mall. But very few people actually know how life changing that moment was for the man underneath the costume.

Paul Lloyd, the man wearing the costume, shared his story with LDS S.M.I.L.E.

“I was a 27-year-old army veteran who was just medically retired due to the fear and confusion of PTSD. I was in such a dark place that I was ready to leave the Church and give up on God until the day when my daughter asked for a daddy/daughter date with Spiderman.

"I put on the suit and went on the ‘date’ for the benefit of my daughter who was sad to see me struggling. We had to be driven around by my sister (smiling in the picture) because it was difficult for me to see out of the mask.

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