Then in a rather meteoric rise, this airborne Wunderkind was made manager of the 737 fleet (1972), director of the Arizona training school (1975), chief pilot and head of cockpit crews (1980), and finally senior vice president of flight operations (1982). German man who became the Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, one of the church’s highest ranks, in 2008. Download a photo or video by clicking or tapping on it. What is needed during times of crisis is calm and clear-headed trust. [7] As a result of his grandmother's encounter with an LDS Church member in a soup line, Uchtdorf's family joined the LDS Church when he was still young.[8]. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to our online Style Guide. He was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church on 2 October 2004. German man who became the Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, one of the church’s highest ranks, in 2008. If you would like to stay on the page you are viewing please click Cancel. You are now leaving a website maintained by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1. He was called as second counselor in the Church’s First Presidency on February 3, 2008, and served in that position until January 2018. We provide the link to this third party's website solely as a convenience to you. With his call as an Apostle, the Uchtdorfs left their homeland and now live permanently in the United States. 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Uchtdorf responds to questions, comments: 'I am just fine,' he writes", "Assignments Announced for Elder Uchtdorf: Apostle oversees Europe, key Church departments", "So what is Mormon apostle doing now? When the First Presidency was subsequently reorganized under new church president Russell M. Nelson, Uchtdorf was not retained as a counselor in the First Presidency and continued his service in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Dieter F. Uchtdorf. [37], First Seven Presidents of the Seventy / First Council of the Seventy. [8] After earning wings from both the German and US air forces, he served for six years as a fighter pilot in West Germany, leaving in 1965 to join Lufthansa. By Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Dieter F. Uchtdorf October 18 at 8:22 AM As a fighter pilot and airline captain, I learned that while I could ... not choose the adversity I would encounter during a flight, I could choose how I … Dieter Friedrich Uchtdorf (born 6 November 1940) is a German aviator, airline executive and religious leader. From 1970 until 1996 he flew as captain of the B737, Airbus, DC10, and B747. [5], Uchtdorf was born to ethnic Germans Karl Albert Uchtdorf and Hildegard Else Opelt in Moravská Ostrava (German: Mährisch-Ostrau), which at the time was in the Nazi-occupied Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (now Ostrava, Czech Republic). The assignments include chairman of the church's Missionary Executive Council, chairman of the Correlation Executive Council, and being the primary contact for the church's Europe and Europe East areas. His sisters accomplished this by jumping from a moving train that happened to pass through West Germany, while Dieter and his mother climbed a mountain to avoid Russian guard checkpoints. [34], Following his return to the Quorum of the Twelve after the reorganization of the First Presidency, the church announced new assignments for Uchtdorf on January 22, 2018. [8] He left Lufthansa in 1996, two years after being called as an LDS Church general authority.[13]. While in Slovakia on 12 May 2006, Uchtdorf offered a prayer dedicating the land "for the preaching of the gospel"—an LDS Church leadership custom usually observed at the time missionaries arrive in a new country. After earning wings from both the German and US air forces, he served for six years as a fighter pilot in West Germany, leavi… I remember when I was preparing to be trained as a fighter pilot. You are about to access Constant Contacts (http://visitor.constantcontact.com). Second Counselor in the First Presidency. Style Guide Note:When reporting about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please use the complete name of the Church in the first reference. He has served as a General Authority since April 1994. Uchtdorf, who had taught as a member of the First Presidency that church members should neither seek or decline callings, that they should lift where they stand, and that at the end of each assignment, subsequent changes should be graciously accepted, posted his support for the new leaders, especially referencing his willingness to resume his ministry as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. [11], When Uchtdorf was conscripted into the newly formed Bundeswehr in 1959, he volunteered for the air force, at age 19, to become a fighter pilot. [12] Due to an agreement between the West German and US governments, Uchtdorf trained as a fighter pilot in Big Spring, Texas,[13] where he excelled, earning the coveted Commander's Trophy (USAF) for being the best student pilot in his class. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf greeting a church member, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf speaking at the 2010 Christmas Devotional. In 1947 his family became members of the Church in Zwickau, Germany. Five terrorists had hijacked a Lufthansa 737 jet in Rome, Italy, and were making their way to Athens, Greece, with hostages on board. What is needed during times of crisis is calm and clear-headed trust. Dieter F. Uchtdorf October 18 at 8:22 AM As a fighter pilot and airline captain, I learned that while I could...not choose the adversity I would encounter during a flight, I could choose how I prepared and how I reacted. Following the end of the war, it was the start of the Baby Boomer years and technology advancements such as the jet engine, nuclear fusion, radar, rocket technology and others later became the starting points for Space Exploration and Improved Air Travel. He served in that position until January 2018. The early 1940s were dominated by World War II. To download all photos or videos related to this article, select the links at the bottom of each section. [19], On 3 February 2008, Uchtdorf became the Second Counselor to Thomas S. Monson in the church's First Presidency. While serving in the First Presidency, Uchtdorf dedicated the Tegucigalpa Honduras,[24] Quetzaltenango Guatemala,[25] Manaus Brazil,[26] Fort Lauderdale Florida,[27] Cordoba Argentina,[28] Trujillo Peru,[29] Tijuana Mexico,[30] Fort Collins Colorado,[31] and Tucson Arizona[32] temples. Outstanding student pilot in his class with the U.S. Air Force, Dieter Uchtdorf received the Commander’s Trophy. He is currently 80 years old. Although missionaries had been in what is now Slovakia for over a century,[18] since the split with the Czech Republic, this dedication was specific for the new country. In 1965, Elder Uchtdorf joined Lufthansa German Airlines as a pilot. The lessons we learn from patience will cultivate our character, lift our lives, and heighten our happiness. He has served as a General Authority since April 1994. [10] He received an honorary doctorate in international leadership from Brigham Young University during the April 2009 graduation ceremony. Dieter F. Uchtdorf October 18 at 8:22 AM As a fighter pilot and airline captain, I learned that while I could ... not choose the adversity I would encounter during a flight, I could choose how I … They are the parents of two children and have six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In 1970, at age 29, Dieter Uchtdorf made captain with Lufthansa, a rank he was once told he could never achieve until late in his career. [4] Currently, Uchtdorf is the sixth most senior apostle in the ranks of the church. While also working as training and check captain, … He was also chairman of the Flight Operations Committee of the International Air Transport Association. While not unprecedented in church history, the last time a new church president did not retain a counselor who served in the First Presidency under his predecessor was in 1985. Dieter F Uchtdorf’s age is 80. Due to an agreement between the West German and US governments, Uchtdorf trained as a fighter pilot in Big Spring, Texas, where he excelled, earning the coveted Commander's Trophy (USAF) for being the best student pilot in his class. Maxwell. Uchtdorf and David A. Bednar were ordained on the same date to fill the vacancies created by the deaths of Haight and Maxwell. [16] Uchtdorf was the first church apostle ordained in the 21st century. The linked site has its own terms of use, privacy policies, and security practices that differ from those on our website. After leaving the military, President Uchtdorf became a commercial pilot for Lufthansa German Airlines in 1965, a career in which he would rise to the top levels of management. Discover what happen… “T-Rex showed me almost everything that pilots … These positions included Section Chief Pilot B737, head of Lufthansa pilot school in Arizona, head of all cockpit crews, and finally Senior Vice President Flight Operations and Lufthansa Chief Pilot. He is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was ordained an apostle on 7 October 2004 by church president Gordon B. Hinckley. [9] They fled East Germany and resettled in U.S.-occupied West Germany. Elder Uchtdorf was born on 6 November 1940 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, to Karl Albert and Hildegard Opelt Uchtdorf. Uchtdorf was called as a general authority and member of the church's Second Quorum of the Seventy on 2 April 1994. From 1970 until 1996 he flew as captain of the B737, Airbus, DC10, and B747. While also working as training and check captain, he received several management responsibilities. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf speaking in General Conference. 483K likes. At the age of seven, his family joined the church in Zwickau, Germany. Called as an apostle in 2004, he served as Second Counselor to Thomas S. Monson in the church's First Presidency from 2008 until Monson's death on 2 January 2018. As a fighter pilot and airline captain, I learned that while I could not choose the adversity I would encounter during a flight, I could choose how I prepared and how I reacted. In a reciprocal arrangement between the German and U.S. governments, Dieter F. Uchtdorf received fighter-pilot training in Texas and Arizona. They have two children and six grandchildren. They fled to Frankfurt/Main in 1952 where he received an education in engineering. Not long after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, the Latter-day Saints began building their holy temple. Uchtdorf started studying mechanical engineering at age 18 but later continued in business administration in Cologne and graduated from Institut pour l'Etude des Methodes de Direction de l'Entreprise (today the International Institute for Management Development) in Lausanne, Switzerland, with an MBA. Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Bio. In 1965 Dieter F. Uchtdorf began working for Lufthansa German Airlines as a pilot. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 2, 2004. He was formerly a respected fighter pilot who also served as a captain at Lufthansa Airlines. He has served as a General Authority since April 1994. He has served as a General Authority since April 1994. In 1947 his family became members of the Church in Zwickau, Germany. Gardeners work to prepare the ground for General Conference. God has prepared His children and His Church for this time. Dieter F. Uchtdorf October 18 at 8:22 AM As a fighter pilot and airline captain, I learned that while I could ... not choose the adversity I would encounter during a flight, I could choose how I … He sees that fact as simply an indication of the ever-growing church. When Uchtdorf was conscripted into the newly formed Bundeswehr in 1959, he volunteered for the air force, at age 19, to become a fighter pilot. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to our online. He was appointed in 1975 as head of Lufthansa's new Arizona Training School, and in 1980 he was made head chief pilot of cockpit crews, followed by appointment to senior vice president of flight operations in 1982. Dieter Uchtdorf and Harriet Reich married in 1962. [14] Uchtdorf became a member of the church's Presidency of the Seventy on 15 August 2002.[15]. When he was age 14, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf gazed in awe at the airplanes in the Frankfurt, Germany Airport. President Uchtdorf and his wife, Harriet, said they love their homeland and their family, friends and fellow saints in Germany and Europe. As an apostle, Uchtdorf is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer, and revelator. Official Facebook page for Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “The F-84 fighter planes that we flew at the time are now found in museums. Dieter F. Uchtdorf Yesterday at 8:22 AM As a fighter pilot and airline captain, I learned that while I could ... not choose the adversity I would encounter during a flight, I could choose how I … He dreamed of the day he might take flight in When Uchtdorf was about eleven, his father's political beliefs, incongruent with Soviet rule, earned him the label of "dissenter", thus putting their lives in danger. Dieter F. Uchtdorf met his future wife at a Mutual Improvement Association activity. As a fighter pilot and airline captain, I learned that while I could not choose the adversity I would encounter during a flight, I could choose how I prepared and how I reacted. By referring or linking you to this website, we do not endorse or guarantee this content, products, or services offered. [35][36], Uchtdorf and his wife, Harriet Reich Uchtdorf, were married on 14 December 1962 in the Swiss Temple. For now he is overseeing global lds missionary efforts", "Mormonism in Pictures: President Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits Saints in Europe", General Authorities and General Officers: Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dieter_F._Uchtdorf&oldid=999966825, Counselors in the First Presidency (LDS Church), Members of the First Quorum of the Seventy (LDS Church), People with acquired American citizenship, Latter Day Saint biography Infobox with missing parameters, Pages using infobox Latter Day Saint biography with unsupported parameters, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Dissolution of First Presidency on death of Thomas S. Monson, This page was last edited on 12 January 2021, at 21:20. He studied engineering and served for seven years as a fighter pilot in the German Air Force, after which he worked for Lufthansa German Airlines as a pilot. Dieter and Harriet Uchtdorf enjoy outdoor activities, cherish the arts, and are happiest when spending time with their children and grandchildren. Uchtdorf was sustained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on 2 October 2004. When reporting about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please use the complete name of the Church in the first reference. The 40s also brought us the Slinky, Velcro, Jeep, Tupperware and Frisbee. In 1959 he joined the German Air Force and served for six years as a fighter pilot. They fled to Frankfurt/Main in 1952 where he received an education in engineering. Credit: Courtesy President Dieter F. Uchtdorf President Uchtdorf said that the flight was thrilling. In 1965 Elder Uchtdorf began working for Lufthansa German Airlines as a pilot. Dieter F Uchtdorf was born in 1940s. [6][15][20] He is the second non-English native speaker to have served in the First Presidency. In 1959 he joined the German Air Force and served for six years as a fighter pilot. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf was called as second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 3 February 2008. To download media files, please first review and agree to the Terms of Use. Dieter F Uchtdorf, best known for being a Religious Leader, was born in Germany on Wednesday, November 6, 1940. He was formerly a respected fighter pilot who also served as a captain at Lufthansa Airlines. [6] When he was a child, his family traveled through areas being bombed to move to Zwickau in eastern Germany while his father was away in the army. He was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church on October 2, 2004. We spent a great deal of our preliminary military training in physical exercise. Elder Uchtdorf was born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. Dieter F. Uchtdorf was called as second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 3, 2008. [21] After joining the First Presidency, Uchtdorf became a naturalized US citizen;[22] he has remained a citizen of Germany.[23]. On December 17, 1973, the president of Lufthansa German Airlines received alarming news. What is needed during times of crisis is calm and clear-headed trust. The German religious leader has been alive for 29,276 days or 702,631 … President Uchtdorf joined the German Air Force in 1959 and received his pilot wings in Big Spring, Texas, and fighter pilot training in Phoenix, Arizona. In May 2016, Uchtdorf traveled to the Czech Republic to create the first stake in that nation.[33]. [17] He is the first German apostle in church history and was the first born outside of North America since the death of John A. Widtsoe in 1952. Due to an agreement between the West German and US governments, Uchtdorf trained as a fighter pilot in Big Spring, Texas, where he excelled, earning the coveted Commander's Trophy (USAF) for being the best student pilot in his class. Elder Uchtdorf was born on 6 November 1940 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, to Karl Albert and Hildegard Opelt Uchtdorf. As an additional note, Uchtdorf also served as Second Vice Chairman for the, Apostolic seniority is generally understood to include all ordained apostles (including the, The other man who served in the First Presidency who did not have English as his native tongue was. At the reunion at Luke we saw the F-16 flying. Temple Square is always beautiful in the springtime. Uchtdorf served twice as a stake president in the LDS Church,[12] presiding over the Frankfurt Germany and the Mannheim Germany stakes. Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Never a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Uchtdorf has also participated in the dedication of many other temples as a member of the Twelve and the First Presidency. At the time of Monson's death on January 2, 2018, with the dissolution of the First Presidency, Uchtdorf returned to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, along with Monson's First Counselor, Henry B. Eyring. Uchtdorf is the eleventh apostle of the LDS Church to be born outside the United States. © 2012 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. These assignments had been noted by Nelson in the news conference where the new First Presidency was announced. He was chief pilot and senior vice president for flight operations for Lufthansa when he decided to retire in 1995. International Institute for Management Development, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Institut pour l'Etude des Methodes de Direction de l'Entreprise, Succession in the Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "President Thomas S. Monson Dies at Age 90", "Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf: On to New Horizons", "President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: A Family Man, a Man of Faith, a Man Foreordained", "Pres. By 1970, at 29 years of age, Uchtdorf had reached the rank of captain with Lufthansa. When Uchtdorf was conscripted into the newly formed Bundeswehr in 1959, he volunteered for the air force, at age 19, to become a fighter pilot. German man who became the Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, one of the church’s highest ranks, in 2008. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf is the first member of the Quorum of the Twelve in many years who was born outside the United States. [6] On 7 April 1996, he was transferred to the First Quorum of Seventy. Dieter F. 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