What happens when a teenager talks to President Oaks at McDonald’s—and has no idea


It was a moment that didn’t seem to be anything out of the ordinary—just some teenaged boys hanging out on a summer afternoon, stopping at McDonalds for lunch. But for Christian Butler, that one afternoon turned out to be something he likely won’t ever forget.

In an Instagram post, Christian’s father, David Butler, shared why the moment was so memorable. According to Butler, who is the co-host of Don’t Miss This, his son was hanging out with some friends at City Creek in downtown Salt Lake City when a “nice old man” ordered food behind him in line. The two started talking about what the other was getting to eat.

“When their bags came, Christian said to him, ‘If you want to eat with us, we are just sitting over there,’” Butler wrote. “When I asked [Christian] about it, he said, ‘I just figured he was some nice old lonely man. Thought he might want some company.’”

So the man joined Christian and they shared fries until he explained that his family was at a nearby table and thanked him for the conversation.

“When he walked away, one of Christian’s friends said, ‘I think I know him. I think that man talks in conference.’”

After googling his name, they discovered that the man they were speaking to was President Dallin H. Oaks. And Christian had no idea. 

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“Some may think he needs to pay more attention in church, but I think he got the message just fine,” Butler wrote. “Only wish I had a picture—one of a world I yearn to live in of two strangers trying to make each other’s days, completely unaware but absolutely winning.”

Butler shared that he had “a grin in my soul” as he reflected on the story and kept thinking of Paul’s words in Hebrews 13:1, which reads, “Let brotherly love continue.” He followed that up with verse 2, which says, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

See Butler’s post below.

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