Year 02/Lesson 38: Dieter F. Uchtdorf


What You'll Need: scriptures, photo of President Uchtdorf, paper airplane downloads, scissors, coloring page, coloring tools.

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
- fold paper airplanes and use to have races or contests.  
- You may choose to have small prizes for the winners. 

A Year of FHE // Check out this totally cute and easy activity for kids! Print and fold a CTR Airplane! This can be used for a fun FHE activity or when teaching kids about the life of Deiter F. Uchtdorf. #lds #familyhomeevening #craft #uchtdorf

Coloring Page of Freiberg Germany Temple

Coloring page of the Freiberg LDS Temple by A Year of FHE. #lds #temple #coloring

Treat: German Puff Pancake
Serves: 6
A Year of FHE // German Pancake Recipe. Great treat for a Family Home Evening about Dieter F. Uchtdorf or your own German Ancestry! #lds #recipe #fhe

For the Pan:
2 tablespoons butter

6 large eggs
1 cup milk (2% or whole)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose OR white whole wheat flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Add 2 tablespoons butter to the pan and place oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. If it takes you more than 10 minutes to make batter, check on butter to make sure it doesn't burn.

2. Combine the eggs, milk and vanilla in a blender (or use a bowl and a hand mixer) and mix on low speed until smooth, 10-20 seconds. Add the flour, sugar, and salt and blend well. You want no lumps or you won't get a good lift while baking.

3. Take the preheated, buttered pan out of the oven and swirl the butter to coat the bottom of the pan.

4. Pour the batter into the pan and immediately return to the oven. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the pancake is puffy and lightly browned on the bottom and edges. DO NOT open your oven during the baking time, otherwise your pancake will fall.

5. Serve immediately with jam, maple syrup, nutella, or fresh lemon juice and a dusting of powdered sugar.

A Year of FHE //  A great Family Home Evening lesson about the amazing life, career, and conversion of President Deiter F. Uchtdorf. Includes a quote, song, lesson, activity, and treat! What a fun way to teach your kids about our Latter-day first presidency! #lds #uchtdorf #familyhomeevening
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10 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!

Jessika Speer said...

LOVE this lesson and everything that goes with it! What size pan for the puff pancake?

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