Special Witness: Getting to Know Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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“Special Witness: Getting to Know Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf,” Friend, Dec. 2005, 19

Special Witness:

Getting to Know Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Photography by John Luke; photograph of Bern Switzerland Temple by Mike Long; Joseph Smith’s First Vision, by Greg Olsen, may not be copied

To learn more about Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, match the lettered pictures above with the clues below.

___ 1. Elder Uchtdorf was raised in this country.

___ 2. He is the first Apostle to be called in more than 50 years who was not born in the United States, but he says he was not called to represent a certain group of people. Like all Apostles, he represents this perfect man.

___ 3. As a child, he worked hard in the family business, pulling a laundry cart behind one of these.

___ 4. Growing up in a war-torn city where buildings had been bombed, he found hope in reading and learning from these. One of his favorite verses was Romans 8:31: “If God be for us, who can be against us?” He says: “This gave me comfort and courage, because at that time the future looked bleak.”

___ 5. The Church building he attended as a small child had a stained-glass window depicting this event. Whenever the light shone through the glass, he thought about his testimony and developed a stronger appreciation for Joseph Smith.

___ 6. One of his first callings as a child was to pump this instrument so the congregation could sing.

___ 7. He married Harriet Reich, and they were sealed here in December 1962. They have two children.

___ 8. For 35 years he operated one of these. He eventually became chief pilot and senior vice president of flight operations for an airline.

___ 9. As he flew, he never grew tired of seeing these out the window. He also says: “I could see the beauty of the different countries with their different cultures. I know from going to those different places and seeing the people and the Church in those different places that the gospel is for everyone, no matter what nation you live in or what your traditions are. It is the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

(See Friend, June 1998, 6–7; Ensign, Nov. 2004, 125–26.)


  • 1E (Germany), 2A, 3D, 4I, 5B (First Vision), 6C, 7H (Bern Switzerland Temple), 8G, 9F.