In a video he shared on Facebook, President Uchtdorf said that his patriarchal blessing received half a world away in Arizona was being fulfilled: "It said one day I would go back to the place of my birth and proclaim the gospel." The Uchtdorfs first returned to the Czech Republic in 1995 and since have continued to fulfill the promises in that blessing.
On Facebook, President Uchtdorf also shared:
This week I visited my childhood home in Ostrava, Czech Republic. I was reminded of the beautiful childhood I had during the first four years of my life while we lived here. I remember walking down a walkway near our house with little animals to the nearby river. I have wonderful memories of this home.
I am glad that even though we left and had to experience the sadness of war, that I still have great memories of those first four years of my life in the Czech Republic. I feel very much at home here, coming back to the place of my birth.
What a blessing it is to come back to the actual place of my birth. The gospel connects everyone. I feel a part of them. We are very happy to be here. This is a happy place.