Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Dieter Friedrich Uchtdorf
6 Nov 1940
Ostrava, Czech Republic
TitleQuorum of the Twelve Apostles
OrganizationQuorum of the Twelve Apostles
Call Date2 Oct 2004
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Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Dieter F. Uchtdorf was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church on October 2, 2004.

How do you #HearHim? Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf says love is a bridge that connects him to the Savior Jesus Christ
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf bears his testimony of the Son of the Living God, the Creator, and Savior of the World.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
News conference announcing the new First Presidency of President Monson, President Eyring and President Uchtdorf.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf speaks during a session of conference.
First Presidency. 2008
Lada and Kateryna Serdiuk present a special Ukrainian bread to President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Sister Harriet Uchtdorf at the Kyiv Ukraine Temple site.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Sister Harriet Uchtdorf meet with members during their visit to a dacha in Samara, Russia.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Elder Neil L. Andersen stand together on a city square in Moscow, Russia.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Elder Neil L. Andersen stand together outside the Kyiv Ukraine Temple during its construction.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf speaks during the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional.

Personal Life

Dieter F. Uchtdorf was born on November 6, 1940, in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, to Karl Albert and Hildegard Opelt Uchtdorf. In 1947 his family became members of the Church in Zwickau, Germany. They fled to Frankfurt/Main in 1952 where he received an education in engineering. In 1959 he joined the German Air Force and served for six years as a fighter pilot.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Harriet Reich married in 1962. They have two children, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. With his call as an Apostle, the Uchtdorfs left their homeland and now live permanently in the United States.

Dieter and Harriet Uchtdorf enjoy outdoor activities, cherish the arts, and are happiest when spending time with their family.

Professional Life

Elder Uchtdorf was called as Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 3, 2008. He served in that position until January 2018. He has served as a General Authority since April 1994.

In 1965 Dieter F. Uchtdorf began working for Lufthansa German Airlines as a pilot. 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. 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 was also chairman of the Flight Operations Committee of the International Air Transport Association.