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Missionary moments: `One in a million'

Just before embarking for active duty during World War II, Seaman Hubert Teamon Henderson, a member from Kanab, Utah, wrote his mother: "Something wonderful happened last Sunday."

Brother Henderson, who had been training in Portland, Ore., related that he had walked into the USO facility and took a chair next to a soldier listening to a symphony orchestra over the radio. "Our conversation drifted into religion," he explained, "and I was thrilled to the depths of my soul."The young LDS sailor said the moment seemed a "golden opportunity. Here was a soldier who was seeking the truth, he was literally thrown at me. He quickly accepted my invitation to Church and said he had been contemplating asking me about the same thing. I took him with me and introduced him to many of the people at Church. The Primary was putting on the program so it was of first importance to explain this and other organizations of our Church. Afterward I explained to him our priesthood system, baptism, the sealing of wife and husband to each other and to their children, marriage for time and all eternity, and then the principles and standards of our Church, as well as the story of how it started. When I finished the latter he only said, "And they were persecuted just as Jesus was."

Later, Brother Henderson wrote, the soldier grasped the sailor's hand and said, "Let me shake your hand; you're one in a million." He then began talking about joining the Church. "I was really astonished," Brother Henderson told his mother.

The next night at the USO, Brother Henderson gave his new friend, Charles LeBeau, copies of the Church Section (now the Church News) of the Deseret News. "Many times I have come close to giving them away but I never could find any one who I felt would appreciate them," Brother Henderson wrote.

"He told me he had prayed to his Father in Heaven the night before Sunday that he would meet someone like me and he knew his prayers had been answered."

The soldier then gave Brother Henderson a gift - a picture of himself with the words on the back: "From Charles to Hubert, a Christian friend." Also written was the scriptural reference, Philip. 1:3: "I thank God upon every remembrance of you."