Latter-day Saint Life

Watch: Speaking in German, President Uchtdorf Explains Temples on TV in the 1980s


When we have the unexpected opportunity to share what we believe as Latter-day Saints, President Uchtdorf sets the perfect example of how we should live so we can answer prayerfully and expand thoughtfully on gospel topics. 

About 30 years ago, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf was interviewed on a TV station in Germany shortly after the Frankfurt Germany Temple dedication. 

Though he was told the interview would be only 2–3 minutes, the interview lasted about triple that amount of time.

In a recent Facebook post, President Uchtdorf shared the timeliness of his answers and how they relate to us today, plus the amazing footage of the original TV interview in German. 

I recently came across a television interview that I filmed 30 years ago around the time of the dedication of the Frankfurt Germany Temple. As you can see, I was a much younger man then. In addition to serving as the chair of the temple committee, I also was a stake president and chief pilot of Lufthansa. It was a very busy time indeed.
As I drove from the temple open house to the television station, I prayed in my heart that I would be able to appropriately and effectively share my thoughts about my faith and why the temple is so important to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
As I arrived, I was told that the interview would be only 2–3 minutes. However, when the breaking news that the station thought was going to happen didn’t materialize, they ended up extending my interview to nine minutes.
Because the interviewer didn’t expect such a long interview, we reached a point in our discussion in which the interviewer no longer had any prepared questions to ask. This allowed for us to discuss topics which wouldn’t have come up otherwise. We even spoke about how members of the Church dress (on account of my fashionable-at-the-time white socks and skinny tie).
But as I go back and watch this interview, the thing that strikes me most is that even now—30 years later—the questions and answers we spoke about then are very timely today.
I would invite you to watch (we have added subtitles) and think about how this discussion from 30 years ago still can apply to you today.

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As we listened to President Ucthdorf's powerful interview, we were reminded of the power of everyday missionaries and how members can spread the gospel simply by answering the questions of nonmembers. "The Power of Everyday Missionaries" is just one powerful resource for members to turn to for times like these. 


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