Proposal Stories of Members of the First Presidency

3. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf 

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President Dieter F. Uchtdorf met his wife, Harriet Reich, as they attended meetings at the Church’s Mutual Improvement Association.

But when he first saw his future wife, who was a convert, while he was a deacon passing the sacrament, he thought, "These missionaries are doing a great job!" according to his talk "Fourth Floor, Last Door."

He also said of this moment in his "Your Happily Ever After" general conference talk, "I think I fell in love with her from the first moment I saw her."

Though he also mentioned in that talk that he didn't think Harriet felt the same way, President Uchtdorf wasn't deterred.

He made sure he was the one who passed the sacrament to her on Sundays. And when there would be special activities at Church, he would ride his bike to her apartment to take her there, but the result wasn't always as he expected. 

As President Uchtdorf said in his talk, "I would ask if Harriet would like a ride to church on my bicycle. Harriet’s mother would say, 'No, she will be coming later, but I will be happy to ride with you to church.' This wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, but how could I decline?" 

But President Uchtdorf did not give up. And after finishing his training as a fighter pilot, Harriet remarked, "Dieter, you have matured much over these past years." President Uchtdorf continued, "I moved quickly after that, and within a few months I was married to the woman I had loved ever since I first saw her."

President Uchtdorf was married to Harriet on December 14, 1962, in the Bern Switzerland Temple. 

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