The second counselor in the First Presidency made his first trip to American Samoa and Samoa (formerly Western Samoa) as part of the first leg of his extensive, multi-nation tour through the Pacific Islands. President Uchtdorf was accompanied by his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf. They met with missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and thousands of members throughout the Samoas, sharing words of sympathy and encouragement to the many still reeling from the historic disaster.
The Uchtdorfs also toured the eastern coastline of the Samoan island of Upolu that suffered severe damage in the tsunami. Remembering what he witnessed, President Uchtdorf noted the power of faith amid the devastating destruction.