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Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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Jody Davison

on 14 May 2013

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Transcript of Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Dieter Friedrich Uchtdorf Biographical Information In 1959 at the age of 19, President Uchtdorf volunteered to become a fighter pilot for the German Air force where he served for six years. Things of Interest/Hobbies Specific Teachings Personal Experiences Dieter F. Uchtdorf was born on November 6, 1940 in Mährisch-Ostrau, Czechoslovakia, to Karl Albert and Hildegard Else Opelt. He was raised in Zwickau, and Frankfurt Germany.

He began studying mechanical engineering at age 18 but later changed to Business Administration in Cologne, Germany. He later graduated with an MBA from Institut pour l'Etude des Methodes de Direction de l'Entreprise in Lausanne, Switzerland. Although he was in the German Air Force He also earned his wings in the U.S. Elder Uchtdorf met his wife, Harriet Reich at a Mutual Improvement Association Activity. Place of Birth: Ostrava, Czechoslovakia In 1965 he joined Lufthansa Airlines. By 1970, Uchtdorf had reached the rank of Captain, and he was appointed in 1975 as head of Lufthansa's new Arizona Training School. In 1980 he was made head chief pilot of cockpit crews, followed by appointment as senior vice president of flight operations in 1982. He left Lufthansa in 1996, 2 years after being called to serve as a General Authority. President Uchtdorf was ordained an Apostle on October 7, 2004. He has been serving as the 2nd Counselor to President Thomas S Monson, since Feb 3, 2008.
He previously served as a Stake President over the Frankfort, Germany and the Mannheim, Germany Stakes. He served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, later serving in the First Quorum of the Seventy. In 2002, he served as a member of Presidency of the Seventy. The couple married on December 14, 1962 in the Swiss Temple. FUN FACT President Uchtdorf's first calling in the church was to push the pedals on the organ. He was 12 years old. FUN FACT He received an honorary doctorate in International Leadership from Brigham Young University during the April 2009 graduation ceremony. FUN FACT His first exposure to the LDS church came while standing in a food line days after World War II.
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