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Dieter Fridrich Uchtdorf

Birthplace: Mährisch-Ostrau

Sohn von Karl Uchtdorf und Hildegard Else Uchtdorf
Ehemann von <private> Uchtdorf (Reich)
Vater von <private> Evans (Uchtdorf)
Bruder von Wolfgang Karl Adolf Uchtdorf und Karl-Heinz Uchtdorf

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About Dieter Fridrich Uchtdorf

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

Dieter Friedrich Uchtdorf (born 6 November 1940) is a German aviator, airline executive and religious leader. He currently serves as the Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and is the eighth most senior apostle in the ranks of the church..."

"...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). 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. 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.

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. They fled East Germany and resettled in U.S.-occupied West Germany. 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. 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. He received an honorary doctorate in international leadership from Brigham Young University during the April 2009 graduation ceremony....

...He chose instead to volunteer for the West German Air Force in 1959, at age 19, to become a fighter pilot. 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...

...By 1970, at 29 years of age, Uchtdorf had reached the rank of captain with Lufthansa. 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. He left Lufthansa in 1996, two years after being called as an LDS Church general authority....

...Uchtdorf was sustained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on 2 October 2004. He was ordained an apostle on 7 October 2004 by church president Gordon B. Hinckley...

...On 3 February 2008, Uchtdorf became the Second Counselor to Thomas S. Monson in the church's First Presidency..."


For a brief biography see: Jeffrey R. Holland, “Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf: On to New Horizons,” Ensign, Mar 2005, 10–15

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Lebenslinie von Dieter Fridrich Uchtdorf

6 November, 1940