Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf has been a beloved member of the First Presidency for the past 10 years. In gratitude for his remarkable service, we'd like to highlight a few of our favorite ways he magnified his calling and blessed the members of the Church throughout his time in the presidency.
His Support and Aid of Members Around the World
Over the past 10 years, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf has traveled the world ministering to Latter-day Saints after natural disasters, aiding in the Church's humanitarian work, uplifting Saints in distant countries, and finding time to love and serve individual members of the Church. Whether speaking at a local fireside, a stake conference, or a worldwide Church event, Elder Uchtdorf was sure to communicate his love of Church members individually. A recent example of his ministry to those in need came in this message he shared after the flooding in Houston Texas:
I have just left the Houston, Texas area, where floods caused by Hurricane Harvey have caused catastrophic loss. Though we all have seen photos and videos of the destruction, there is little that can prepare you for the enormity of the damage caused. It is heart-wrenching.
Despite this intense trial, thanks to the Savior and those who follow Him, there is always reason for hope. I forever will be inspired by the selfless humanitarian service I witnessed today. . . .
I want to speak directly to my friends in Houston, but I also hope this message can be helpful to you, wherever you are, if your own spiritual floodwaters are rising and you don’t know where to turn.
The Lord has given us a reassuring message of hope: “Fear not, little flock . . . Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not” (D&C 6:34, 36).
Hope sustains us through despair. Hope teaches that there is reason to rejoice even when all seems dark around us.
And to all who suffer—to all who feel discouraged and worried—I say with love and deep concern for you, never give in.
Never allow despair to overcome your spirit. . . .
My friends, embrace and rely upon the Hope of Israel, for the love of the Son of God pierces all darkness, softens all sorrow, and gladdens every heart. I love you and I pray that you may find hope during these difficult times.