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23 Fun Photos of President Uchtdorf You Haven’t Seen Before

In honor of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's birthday, we thought we would share these photos from his life that you probably have not seen before. 

President Uchtdorf has lived a long life full of family, flying, service, and sermons. Check out these fun photo highlights.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf (far left) met his future wife at a Mutual Improvement Association activity.


Dieter F. Uchtdorf (far left) met his future wife at a Mutual Improvement Association activity. Photo from lds.org.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf joined the air force in Germany in 1959.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf joined the air force in Germany in 1959. Photo from LDS Church News.

Outstanding student pilot in his class with the U.S. Air Force, Dieter Uchtdorf received the Commander's Trophy

As an outstanding student pilot in his class with the U.S. Air Force, Dieter Uchtdorf received the Commander's Trophy. Photo from LDS Church News.

President Uchtdorf and wife Harriet at young newlyweds

President Uchtdorf and his wife Harriet as young newlyweds. Photo from LDS Living.

During his career with Lufthansa Airlines, Dieter F. Uchtdorf became chief pilot and senior vice president of flight operations; he retired in 1996.

During his career with Lufthansa Airlines, Dieter F. Uchtdorf became a chief pilot and senior vice president of flight operations; he retired in 1996. Photo fromLDS Church News.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (right) joins Elder Russell M. Nelson, Elder Neal A. Maxwell and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Frankfurt Germany Stake in 1987 for dedication of the Frankfurt Germany Temple.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (right) joins Elder Russell M. Nelson, Elder Neal A. Maxwell and Stake President Dieter F. Uchtdorf (left) of the Frankfurt Germany Stake in 1987 for the dedication of the Frankfurt Germany Temple. Photo fromLDS Church News

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf prepares for flight in an F-16 during a visit to Utah's Hill Air Force Base in July. He said the flight was joyful and impressive, a kind of closure to his whole flying career.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf prepares for a flight in an F-16 during a visit to Utah's Hill Air Force Base in July 2009. He said the flight was joyful and impressive, a kind of closure to his whole flying career. Photo from LDS Church News. 

"Harriet and I enjoyed spending time this week at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen along with several impressive young men and women from our Church who volunteered to serve there. On that day, our youth served almost 600 of God’s children who were in need. I think the service the Catholic Church provides to these people is a wonderful thing." Photo from President Uchtdorf's Facebook page.

President Uchtdorf and wife Harriet at Pioneer days in Ogden, Utah.

President Uchtdorf and his wife Harriet at Pioneer days in Ogden, Utah. Posted July 14, 2014. Photo from President Uchtdorf's Facebook page.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, and his wife Harriet ride in the Days of 47 KSL 5 Parade in Salt Lake City

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, and his wife Harriet ride in the Days of 47 KSL 5 Parade in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo from Deseret News.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf was among Christian leaders from throughout the nation welcomed by U.S. President Barack Obama to the White House for the fifth annual Easter prayer breakfast. The next day he was among six religious leaders invited to the Oval Office for a discussion with President Obama on the subject of immigration reform.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf was among Christian leaders from throughout the nation welcomed by U.S. President Barack Obama to the White House for the fifth annual Easter prayer breakfast. The next day he was among six religious leaders invited to the Oval Office for a discussion with President Obama on the subject of immigration reform. Photo from Church News.

Thomas S. Monson, president of the Mormon church, and Second Counselor Dieter F. Uchtdorf, right, depart Air Force One after a tour of the aircraft Wednesday, May 28, 2008, in Salt Lake City. President Bush is visiting Utah for two fund raisers on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain R-Ariz. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

Thomas S. Monson, president of the Mormon church, and Second Counselor Dieter F. Uchtdorf, right, depart Air Force One after a tour of the aircraft Wednesday, May 28, 2008, in Salt Lake City. Photo from KSL.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf prepares for a flight with the Navy Blue Angels.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf prepares for a flight with the Navy Blue Angels. Photo from KSL.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), threw out the first pitch at a recent Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), threw out the first pitch at a recent Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf throwing out the first pitch at a recent Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game. Photos from Mormon Newsroom

President Uchtdorf and wife Harriet with Coach Whittingham and wife Jamie at a University of Utah football game.

President Uchtdorf and the University of Utah Mascott

President Uchtdorf and his wife Harriet with Coach Whittingham and his wife Jamie at a University of Utah football game. Photos from Married to the Coach.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf walks with BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson and gives a thumbs-up to graduates at the 2009 spring commencement at the Marriott Center.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf walks with BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson and gives a thumbs-up to graduates at the 2009 spring commencement at the Marriott Center. Photo from Deseret News.

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President Uchtdorf visits Tonga.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits Tonga. Photos from Hawley Days.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, helps a young Latter-day Saint place mortar securing the cornerstone signifying the temple is complete.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf helps a young Latter-day Saint place mortar securing the cornerstone and signifying the temple is complete. Photo from mormontemples.org.

President Uchtdorf gives a thumbs-up to conference-goers in April 2009.

President Uchtdorf gives a thumbs-up to conference-goers in April 2009. Photo from Deseret News.

Happy Birthday, President Uchtdorf!

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Preorder President Uchtdorf's new book The Gospel at 30,000 Feet available Dec. 4. 

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President Dieter F. Uchtdorf has earned a reputation among members of the Church for using his decades of experience as a pilot to draw gospel metaphors. He has even joked about the frequency of the phenomenon from the pulpit, once noting that a congregation may be asking, "What does this have to do with an airplane?" President Uchtdorf's ability to draw on real-life experience and share easily interpreted analogies has endeared him to Church members the world over.

This new book brings together many of those stories of flight that President Uchtdorf has used in his ministry. In this colorful, inviting format, more than 20 of his best-loved stories come together under five major themes: Principles of Flight, Lift, Guidance on the Journey, Weathering the Turbulence, and Our Eternal Destination.

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