Elder 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. Photo from lds.org.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf joined the air force in Germany in 1959. Photo from LDS Church News.
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 his wife Harriet as young newlyweds. Photo from LDS Living.
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 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.
Elder 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 Elder Uchtdorf's Facebook page.
Elder Uchtdorf and his wife Harriet at Pioneer days in Ogden, Utah. Posted July 14, 2014. Photo from Elder 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 on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo from Deseret News.
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. Photo from KSL.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf prepares for a flight with the Navy Blue Angels. Photo from KSL.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf throwing out the first pitch at a recent Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game. Photos from Mormon Newsroom.
Elder 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.
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.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits Tonga. Photos from Hawley Days.
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.
Elder Uchtdorf gives a thumbs-up to conference-goers in April 2009. Photo from Deseret News.
Photo from Deseret Book's Facebook.
Elder 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 Elder 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.