2005, 15. 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). See Jeffrey R. Holland, “Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf: On to New Horizons,” Liahona and Ensign, Mar. President Uchtdorf describes his mother as brilliant. Dieter’s father, Karl Albert Uchtdorf, was drafted into the German Army during World War II and immediately taken from his wife and small children. He was also chairman of the Flight Operations Committee of the International Air Transport Association. These things are much more important to him than to wonder where Kolob is located.”. År 1947 blev hans familj medlemmar i kyrkan i Zwickau i Tyskland. President Uchtdorf’s faith in the Lord was evident as he accepted calls to serve in the Church. 1959 trat er in die deutsche Luftwaffe ein. There they stopped to eat a meager meal, only to realize, when they saw Russian guards, that they were still shy of the border. In 1985 he was called to be the president of the Frankfurt Germany Stake. Elder Uchtdorf was born on November 6, 1940 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, to Karl Albert and Hildegard Opelt Uchtdorf. Then, thanks to a reciprocal relationship between the German and U.S. governments, he entered pilot training school in Big Spring, Texas, where he won wings with both the German and the American Air Forces. The family’s one-room apartment near Frankfurt was small and infested with mice. In 1970, at age 29, Dieter F. Uchtdorf achieved the rank of captain with Lufthansa Airlines. President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf are great servants of the Lord, willing and able to provide counsel to the President of the Church. He would have to escape alone to minimize risks to his wife and children. Antje and David have three sons: 19-year-old twins, Daniel and Patrick, and 8-year-old Eric. While also working as training and check captain, he received several management responsibilities. After many long and perilous days of separation, the family was finally reunited. Though their family was penniless twice as refugees of war, they lived the law of tithing. With great sincerity he testifies that the family is ordained of God. The brothers arrived first; their father followed. So they took turns. His father honored the priesthood that had been entrusted to him. Elder Uchtdorf was born on 6 November 1940 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, to Karl Albert and Hildegard Opelt Uchtdorf. Dieter and his mother then arrived, and his sister came last. He was raised in Zwickau, Germany, where … El presidente Uchtdorf nació el 6 de noviembre de 1940, en Ostrava, Checoslovaquia, y sus padres son Karl Albert y Hildegard Else Opelt Uchtdorf. Yes, he has been foreordained for his duties as a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His foundation of faith undergirded confidence in his own ability to achieve. O Presidente Uchtdorf nasceu em 6 de novembro de 1940, em Ostrava, Tchecoslováquia, filho de Karl Albert e Hildegard Opelt Uchtdorf. Her husband had been drafted into the German army, and Sister Uchtdorf bravely fended for her family as the war in Europe swirled about them. Dieter was the youngest in the family and didn’t understand where his father was going, only th… Elder 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. When we were younger, I didn’t realize how busy my father was because he always had time for us. But the Lord has known and loved this special man from before the world was formed. With a friend’s car in Frankfurt. He has served as a General Authority since April 1994. Elder Uchtdorf est né le 6 novembre 1940 à Ostrava (Tchécoslovaquie), dans le foyer de Karl Albert Uchtdorf et Hildegarde Else Opelt. There he began to prepare for the fulfillment of his foreordination as a priesthood leader in the Church of God. To avoid suspicion, the rest of the family would not be able to travel together. Frère Uchtdorf est né le 6 novembre 1940 dans ce qui était alors Mährisch-Ostrau (Tchécoslovaquie), dans le foyer de Karl Albert Uchtdorf et Hildegarde Else Opelt. 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). But this time the greetings were quite different. MOTHER: Hildegard Else Opelt Uchtdorf. Now, in jest, the children chide their parents for leaving for the United States, while they have remained in Europe. Above: The new First Presidency was announced at a press conference in Salt Lake City on February 4, 2008. The faith of this family is personified by the faith of President Uchtdorf’s grandmother. Opposite page: President Uchtdorf and Elder David A. Bednar were both called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in October 2004. En 1952, ils ont fui pour aller à Francfort-sur-le-Main où il a suivi des études d’ingénieur. Elder Uchtdorf est né le 6 novembre 1940 à Ostrava (Tchécoslovaquie), dans le foyer de Karl Albert et Hildegard Opelt Uchtdorf. They fled to Frankfurt/Main in 1952 where he received an education in engineering. Sister Harriet Uchtdorf understood the importance of Elder Burton’s counsel for the Uchtdorf family to remain in Europe to strengthen the Church there. From 1949 to 1990, Zwickau belonged to East Germany and was a center for the mining of coal. From 1970 until 1996 he flew as captain of the B737, Airbus, DC10, and B747. Alma taught that priesthood leaders “were ordained—being called and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God.”5. Shortly thereafter, the building was destroyed by an act of war. In 1947 his family became members of the Church in Zwickau, Germany. In 1965 Dieter F. Uchtdorf began working for Lufthansa German Airlines as a pilot. President Uchtdorf acknowledges the hand of the Lord in allowing him to survive such an ordeal.7. Eles fugiram para Frankfurt/Main em 1952, onde ele estudou engenharia. President and Sister Uchtdorf’s youngest grandson, Niklas Ivan Uchtdorf, was born in 2007. Karl had 3 sisters: Louise Martha Uchtdorf and 2 other siblings. And our children feel that Opa will know the answer, whatever the question may be. Quando criança, sua família mudou-se para Zwickau, na Alemanha Oriental, enquanto seu pai estava fora, no exército, viajando em áreas que estavam sendo bombardeadas. A remarkable reward came to one of those missionaries, Elder Gary Jenkins, who had taught and baptized the Reich family. 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 wonderful husband, always looking for ways to support me. The branch president gave thorough instruction regarding the duties and responsibilities of a new quorum president. Most occupants of the auditorium were killed. At age 2 (second from right) with his sister, Christel (right), and two friends. Er erhielt 1962 in den USA Abzeichen als Kampfpilot. They lined up for the privilege of shaking his hand. Their children have adhered to that same counsel. Numerous attempts to release the frozen steering stick failed. Her support is a continuous source of strength. “Even before they were born, they, with many others, received their first lessons in the world of spirits and were prepared to come forth in the due time of the Lord to labor in his vineyard for the salvation of the souls of men.”6. They knew that the Lord would open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings upon those who faithfully obeyed this law.2. His father, Karl Albert Uchtdorf, was conscripted into the German Army, leaving his mother, Hildegard E. Opelt Uchtdorf, to bravely fend for her little family in the midst of war. Three years later Elder and Sister Uchtdorf moved to Utah, which they then regarded as their turn for an “overseas assignment.”, When Elder Uchtdorf was called to the holy apostleship in October 2004, some representatives of the media hailed him as the “German Apostle.” Then he correctly taught that he was called to represent the Lord to the people, not the other way around. Ultimately he became chief pilot and senior vice president of flight operations for Lufthansa. See Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Opportunity to Testify,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2004, 74. “But when Dad returned home, we played, we talked, and we laughed together,” Guido added. Uchtdorf was born on Nov. 6, 1940 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, to Karl Albert and Hildegard Opelt Uchtdorf. Because of its strategic importance during World War II, it became a prime target for Allied bombers. But they had each other. In counseling with his family, President Uchtdorf has always stressed fundamental principles. In fact, he and his family were also victims of an oppressive dictatorship. Uchtdorf, geboren als Sohn von Karl Albert und Hildegard E. Uchtdorf, ging in Zwickau und Frankfurt am Main zur Schule. Nel 1947 la sua famiglia si unì alla Chiesa a Zwickau, in Germania. Their daughter, Antje, is married to David A. Evans. Guido realized that his father’s vocation as an airline pilot necessitated his absence from home for lengthy periods. I 1947 ble familien hans medlemmer av Kirken i Zwickau i Tyskland. Il a grandi à Zwickau (Allemagne), où sa famille s’est jointe à l’Église en 1947. He spoke of an occasion several years ago when he, his sister, mother, and father all took skiing lessons. Dieter and his mother continued their trek as refugees, hitchhiking and walking to their destination at a suburb near Frankfurt. Mosiah 3:20; see also Revelation 14:6; 1 Nephi 19:17; 2 Nephi 26:13; Mosiah 15:28; 16:1; Alma 37:4; D&C 133:37. I love and sustain President Uchtdorf in his sacred responsibilities.”, One cannot study the life of this great man without also gaining a sense of his foreordination for the great responsibilities that are now his. He served in that position until January 2018. [ 3 ] Finally the powerfully strong pilot, Dieter F. 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