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2011 - Wk 38: Dieter F. Uchtdorf


What You'll Need: scriptures, photo of President Uchtdorf (click here to download), paper airplane downloads (download here), scissors.

You can also choose to download the pdf of LESSON 38 for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.

Quote: “As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness.” - Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Opening Song: Love One Another (PCS #136)


Today we are going to talk about another member of the First Presidency. 

(show picture of Dieter Uchtdorf - download here)

- Does anyone know who this is? (President Dieter F. Uchtdorf)

President Uchtdorf was born Czechoslovakia, which is all the way across the ocean in Europe. In Euorpe there was a terrible war going on. President Uchtdorf's father would not join the evil men trying to rule Europe so his family left everything and left in the middle of the night to be safe.  The entire family fled to West Germany.  Growing up he played in houses that had been bombed and were left empty.

Elder Uchtdorf said the Lord was looking after his family.  One day when his grandmother was standing in line for food an old woman invited her to attend her church.  It was The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “My grandmother and my parents accepted the invitation,” he said. “They went to church, felt the Spirit, were uplifted by the kindness of the members and were baptized.”

When Dieter turned 8 years old he was baptized in a swimming pool.  He was scared to go in the water, but he said, “I will always remember the feeling of warmth, safety, and importance as I came out of the water after this sacred ordinance had been performed.”.

It was during Elder Uchtdorf’s teenage years that he discovered his love for flying. He started riding his bicycle to the Frankfurt airport to watch the airplanes land and take flight and imagining what it would be like to one day take to the skies. He followed his dreams and became a Pilot.

He met his wife, Harriet, at a Church meeting and several years later they married.  The Uchtdorfs eventually had two children, Guido and Antje.  After spending his life being a pilot, President Uchtdorf was called to be an Apostle and member of the First Presidency of the Church.

Bear your testimony about Heavenly Father calling righteous and good men to be his Apostles on the earth today. Share a favorite quote or talk from Dieter F. Uchtdorf and how it impacted your life. .

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the SEPTEMBER Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: Paper Airplane Races
(click here to download) 
- fold paper airplanes and use to have races or contests.  
- You may choose to have small prizes for the winners. 

9 Way Righteous Comments:

Sara said...

Thank you for the download! I have always loved Uchtdorf and listening to him speak, but I didn't know these details.

Jewelle said...

What a wonderful lesson! Recently we have been doing lessons about the apostles, but we have not done Pres. Uchtdorf. I enjoy the activity and I know it will be a hit with my girls. Thanks for taking the time to design it!

The Clews Crew said...

I love this idea right before conference. It's such a great way for my kids to get to know a little more about the apostles and understand who they are listening to.

Hooker Family said...

I'm so grateful I found your blog. I only wish I had come across it earlier! Thanks for all the resources!

Sara & Jess Phillips said...

Thank you for the great FHE ideas!

Sarah said...

Great Lesson! The paper airplane races is a cute idea.

Myra said...

I love the airplane! A great way to keep young children involved. The lessons are simple and easy for me to fit into our busy lives. Thank you for your hard work and sharing them with us!

jeff and alli said...

I've just discovered your blog. Thank you for sharing your ideas! My family is appreciating using all the ideas you have provided. Thanks again!

cassi said...

The kids will love the paper airplanes! Thanks!

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