"Last week I had the opportunity to show my grandson Eric an old C-141 airplane that is on display at the Leonardo museum in Salt Lake City.
"I enjoyed discussing with him not only the mechanics of flying a plane but also how flying has helped me to recognize God’s greatness and the grandness of the earth as His creation," President Uchtdorf shared on Facebook.
In his post, President Uchtdorf also shared a blog he wrote for LDS.org that describes the spiritual reasons he loves flying as well as the challenges he and his family faced losing everything and becoming refugees twice within a short time. President Uchtdorf shared his struggle to learn new languages and the surprising thing that helped him finally learn English, a feat he thought was impossible.
Then, he adds:"Eric Hoffer, an American philosopher, said, 'Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from' (New York Times, July 21, 1969).
"I like to think that from heaven’s point of view, there are no borders. God sees each of us as His children no matter where we live. He is our “homing impulse.” We feel drawn to Him because He is our Father, and heaven is our home.
"He sees us not only as a mortal being on a small planet who lives for a brief season—He sees us as His children. He sees us as the being we are capable and designed to become. May we incline our hearts to Him and remain faithful so that we may one day return to His heavenly presence."
Read his full message at LDS.org.