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Dieter Uchtdorf
DIETER FRIEDRICH UCHTDORF (born 6 November 1940) is a German aviator , airline executive and religious leader. He currently serves as the Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and is the eighth most senior apostle in the ranks of the church. CONTENTS * 1 Early life and education * 2 Aviator
Aviator
* 3 LDS Church service * 3.1 Apostle * 3.2 Counselor in the First Presidency * 4 Family * 5 Works * 6 See also * 7 Notes * 8 References * 9 External links EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION Uchtdorf was born to ethnic Germans
Germans
Karl Albert Uchtdorf and Hildegard Else Opelt in Moravská Ostrava
Ostrava
(German : _Mährisch-Ostrau_), which at the time was in the Nazi -occupied Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (now Ostrava, Czech Republic
Czech Republic
). When he was a child, his family traveled through areas being bombed to move to Zwickau
Zwickau
in eastern Germany
Germany
while his father was away in the army. As a result of his grandmother's encounter with an LDS Church member in a soup line, Uchtdorf's family joined the LDS Church when he was still young
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First Presidency (LDS Church)
The FIRST PRESIDENCY (also called the QUORUM OF THE PRESIDENCY OF THE CHURCH or simply THE PRESIDENCY) is the presiding or governing body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). It is composed of the President of the Church and his counselors. The First Presidency currently consists of Thomas S. Monson
Thomas S. Monson
and his two counselors, Henry B. Eyring
Henry B. Eyring
and Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
. CONTENTS* 1 Membership * 1.1 Title of members * 1.2 Removal * 2 Duties * 3 Chronology of the First Presidency
First Presidency
* 4 Members of the First Presidency
First Presidency
who were not Apostles * 5 Counselors in the First Presidency
First Presidency
not retained upon reorganization * 6 Secretary to the First Presidency
First Presidency
* 6.1 Chronology of secretaries * 7 See also * 8 Notes MEMBERSHIPThe First Presidency
First Presidency
is composed of the President of the Church and his counselors. Historically, and as mandated by church scripture, the First Presidency
First Presidency
has been composed of the president and two counselors, but circumstances have occasionally required additional counselors (for example, David O
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Thomas S. Monson
THOMAS SPENCER MONSON (born August 21, 1927) is an American religious leader, author, and the sixteenth and current President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). As president, he is considered by adherents of the religion to be a "prophet, seer, and revelator ." A printer by trade, he has spent most of his life engaged in various church leadership positions and public service. Monson was ordained an LDS apostle at age 36, served in the First Presidency under three church presidents and was the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from March 12, 1995, until he became President of the Church on February 3, 2008. He succeeded Gordon B. Hinckley as church president. Monson has received four honorary doctorate degrees , as well as the Boy Scouts of America 's Silver Buffalo and the World Organization of the Scout Movement 's Bronze Wolf
Bronze Wolf
—both awards are the highest awards in each organization. He is a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America , the organization's governing body. Monson is chairman of the Boards of Trustees/Education of the Church Educational System , and Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
appointed him to the U.S. President\'s Task Force for Private Sector Initiatives . He married Frances Beverly Monson (née Johnson) in the Salt Lake Temple in 1948, and together they raised their three children
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Henry B. Eyring
HENRY BENNION EYRING (born May 31, 1933) is an American educational administrator, author, and religious leader. Eyring is the First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Eyring was the Second Counselor to Gordon B. Hinckley in the First Presidency from October 6, 2007, until Hinckley's death on January 27, 2008. On February 3, 2008, Eyring was called as First Counselor to Thomas S. Monson in the First Presidency, serving with Second Counselor Dieter F. Uchtdorf . Eyring has also served as a general authority of the church in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles , the First Quorum of the Seventy , and the Presiding Bishopric . Eyring has served twice as Commissioner of the Church Educational System . Currently, he is the seventh most senior apostle among the ranks of the church
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Quorum Of The Twelve Apostles (LDS Church)
In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(LDS Church), the QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES (also known as the QUORUM OF THE TWELVE, the COUNCIL OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES, or simply THE TWELVE) is one of the governing bodies in the church hierarchy. Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Twelve Apostles
are apostles , with the calling to be prophets, seers, and revelators , evangelical ambassadors, and special witnesses of Jesus Christ . The quorum was first organized in 1835 and designated as a body of "traveling councilors" with jurisdiction outside areas where the church was formally organized, equal in authority to the First Presidency , the Seventy , the standing Presiding High Council , and the high councils of the various stakes . The jurisdiction of the Twelve was originally limited to areas of the world outside of Zion or its stakes. After the apostles returned from their missions to England, Joseph Smith altered the responsibilities of the quorum: it was given charge of the affairs of the church, under direction of the First Presidency. CONTENTS * 1 Role of the quorum * 2 Current members * 3 See also * 4 Notes * 5 References * 6 Further reading * 7 External links ROLE OF THE QUORUMThe Quorum of the Twelve Apostles claims a leadership role second only to that of the First Presidency
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Gordon B. Hinckley
GORDON BITNER HINCKLEY (June 23, 1910 – January 27, 2008) was an American religious leader and author who served as the 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from March 12, 1995, until his death. Considered a prophet, seer, and revelator by church members, Hinckley was the oldest person to preside over the church in its history . Hinckley's presidency was noted for the building of temples , with more than half of existing temples being built under his leadership. He also oversaw the reconstruction of the Nauvoo Illinois Temple
Nauvoo Illinois Temple
and the building of the 21,000 seat Conference Center . During his tenure, "The Family: A Proclamation to the World " was issued and the Perpetual Education Fund was established. At the time of his death, approximately one-third of the church's membership had joined the church under Hinckley's leadership. Hinckley was awarded ten honorary doctorate degrees , and in 2004, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Presidential Medal of Freedom
by George W. Bush . Hinckley also received the Boy Scouts of America 's highest award, the Silver Buffalo
Silver Buffalo
, and served as chairman of the Church Boards of Trustees/Education . Hinckley died of natural causes on January 27, 2008, and was survived by his five children. His wife, Marjorie Pay, died in 2004
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The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS (known as the LDS CHURCH or, informally, the MORMON CHURCH) is a Christian restorationist church that is considered by its members to be the restoration of the original church founded by Jesus
Jesus
Christ . The church is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah
, and has established congregations and built temples worldwide. According to the church, it has over 70,000 missionaries and a membership of over 15 million. It is ranked by the National Council of Churches as the fourth-largest Christian denomination in the United States. It is the largest denomination in the Latter Day Saint movement founded by Joseph Smith during the period of religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening
Second Great Awakening
. Adherents, often referred to as "Latter-day Saints" or, less formally, " Mormons
Mormons
", view faith in Jesus
Jesus
Christ and his atonement as fundamental principles of their religion. LDS theology includes the Christian doctrine of salvation only through Jesus
Jesus
Christ, though LDS doctrines regarding the nature of God and the potential of mankind differ significantly from mainstream Christianity
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Apostle (Latter Day Saints)
In the Latter Day Saint movement , an APOSTLE is a "special witness of the name of Jesus Christ who is sent to teach the principles of salvation to others." In many Latter Day Saint churches, an apostle is a priesthood office of high authority within the church hierarchy. In many churches, apostles may be members of the Quorum of the Twelve and First Presidency
First Presidency
of the church. In most Latter Day Saint churches, modern-day apostles are considered to have the same status and authority as the Biblical apostles . In the Latter Day Saint tradition, apostles and prophets are believed to be the foundation of the church, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone. The "Articles of Faith" , written by Joseph Smith , mentions apostles: "We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors , teachers , evangelists , and so forth." CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links HISTORY Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery
Oliver Cowdery
were both designated apostles by 1830. The founding articles and covenants of the Church of Christ stated an "apostle is an elder" and, as such, had the same responsibilities as an elder , though an apostle's primary responsibility was preaching
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David B. Haight
DAVID BRUCE HAIGHT (September 2, 1906 – July 31, 2004) was the oldest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). CONTENTS* 1 Life and career * 1.1 Death * 2 Notes * 3 References * 4 External resources LIFE AND CAREERHaight was born in Oakley, Idaho , on September 2, 1906, the son of Hector Caleb Haight and Clara Josephine Tuttle. Hector was the son of Horton D. Haight , who had been involved in many trips in the Mormon trek and served as the first president of the LDS Church stake that included Oakley. David's maternal grandfather, Norton Ray Tuttle, was the first bishop of Tooele, Utah
Utah
. Haight was married to Ruby M. Olson (1910–2004). He was the father-in-law of businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman, Sr. , through Haight's daughter, Karen, and grandfather of the former governor of Utah
Utah
and former U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, Jr. Haight served as mayor of Palo Alto, California from 1959 to 1963, and was the owner of the Palo Alto Hardware store. When he was called as president of the LDS Church’s mission in Scotland
Scotland
he resigned as mayor of Palo Alto, over the objections of the city council
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Neal A. Maxwell
NEAL ASH MAXWELL (July 6, 1926 – July 21, 2004) was an apostle and a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1981 until his death. CONTENTS * 1 Life * 2 Death * 3 Publications * 4 Notes * 5 References * 6 External links LIFEMaxwell was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Clarence Maxwell and his wife, Emma Ash. Clarence had moved to Salt Lake City from Montana about four years earlier and joined the LDS Church not long after. Neal attended Granite High School . During World War II , Maxwell served as an infantryman in the United States Army (77th Division), where he saw action on Okinawa . After the war, Maxwell served for two years as an LDS Church missionary in Canada . While pursuing an undergraduate education at the University of Utah before leaving on his mission, Maxwell met Colleen Hinckley. After Maxwell returned from his mission he resumed courting Colleen and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on November 22, 1950. They are the parents of four children and twenty-four grandchildren. Maxwell earned bachelors and masters degrees in political science from the University of Utah. From 1952 to 1956, he worked in Washington D.C., first for the US government and then as an assistant to Senator Wallace F. Bennett . Maxwell was a professor of political science at the University of Utah
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Presidency Of The Seventy
SEVENTY is a priesthood office in the Melchizedek priesthood of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Traditionally, a Latter-day Saint
Latter-day Saint
holding this priesthood office is a "traveling minister" and an "especial witness" of Jesus Christ , charged with the mission of preaching the gospel to the entire world under the direction of the Twelve Apostles . Latter-day Saints teach that the office of seventy was anciently conferred upon the seventy disciples mentioned in the Gospel of Luke 10:1-2. Multiple individuals holding the office of seventy are referred to collectively as SEVENTIES
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First Quorum Of The Seventy
SEVENTY is a priesthood office in the Melchizedek priesthood of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Traditionally, a Latter-day Saint
Latter-day Saint
holding this priesthood office is a "traveling minister" and an "especial witness" of Jesus Christ , charged with the mission of preaching the gospel to the entire world under the direction of the Twelve Apostles . Latter-day Saints teach that the office of seventy was anciently conferred upon the seventy disciples mentioned in the Gospel of Luke 10:1-2. Multiple individuals holding the office of seventy are referred to collectively as SEVENTIES
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Second Quorum Of The Seventy
SEVENTY is a priesthood office in the Melchizedek priesthood of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Traditionally, a Latter-day Saint
Latter-day Saint
holding this priesthood office is a "traveling minister" and an "especial witness" of Jesus Christ , charged with the mission of preaching the gospel to the entire world under the direction of the Twelve Apostles . Latter-day Saints teach that the office of seventy was anciently conferred upon the seventy disciples mentioned in the Gospel of Luke 10:1-2. Multiple individuals holding the office of seventy are referred to collectively as SEVENTIES
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Ezra Taft Benson
EZRA TAFT BENSON (August 4, 1899 – May 30, 1994) was an American farmer, government official, and religious leader who served as the 15th United States Secretary of Agriculture
United States Secretary of Agriculture
during both presidential terms of Dwight D. Eisenhower and as the thirteenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1985 until his death in 1994. CONTENTS* 1 Biography * 1.1 Apostle * 1.2 Political career * 1.3 Church presidency * 1.4 Scouting
Scouting
* 2 Health problems and death * 3 Published works * 4 Posthumous honors * 5 See also * 6 Notes * 7 References * 8 External links BIOGRAPHYBorn on a farm in Whitney , Idaho
Idaho
, Benson was the oldest of eleven children. He was the great-grandson of Ezra T. Benson
Ezra T. Benson
, who was appointed by Brigham Young
Brigham Young
a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1846. Benson began his academic career at Utah
Utah
State Agricultural College (USAC, modern Utah
Utah
State University ), where he first met his future wife, Flora Smith Amussen . Benson alternated quarters at USAC and work on the family farm. Benson served an LDS Church
LDS Church
mission in Britain from 1921 to 1923
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Germany
Coordinates : 51°N 9°E / 51°N 9°E / 51; 9 Federal Republic of Germany _Bundesrepublik Deutschland_ (German ) Flag Coat of arms MOTTO: "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit " "Unity and Justice and Freedom" (de facto) ANTHEM: _ Deutschlandlied _ (English: "Song of Germany") (third verse only) Location of Germany (dark green) – in Europe (green "> (green) – Capital and largest city Berlin 52°31′N 13°23′E / 52.517°N 13.383°E / 52.517; 13.383 Official language and national language German ETHNIC GROUPS (2015 ) * 7001790000000000000♠79.0% Germans
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German Air Force
The GERMAN AIR FORCE (German : _Luftwaffe_ (German pronunciation: (_ listen )), the German-language generic term for air force_) is the aerial warfare branch of the Bundeswehr , the armed forces of Germany . With a strength of 28,448 personnel (28 February 2017), it is the fourth largest air force within the European Union , after the air forces of the United Kingdom, France and Italy. Although its budget has been significantly reduced since the end of the Cold War in 1989–1990, the Luftwaffe is still among the best-equipped air forces of the world. The German Air Force (as part of the Bundeswehr) was founded in 1956 during the era of the Cold War as the aerial warfare branch of the armed forces of then West Germany . After the reunification of West and East Germany in 1990, it integrated parts of the air force of the former German Democratic Republic , which itself had been founded in 1956 as part of the National People\'s Army . There is no organizational continuity between the current German Air Force and the former Luftwaffe of the Wehrmacht combined forces founded in 1935, which was completely disbanded in 1945/46 after World War II . The term _Luftwaffe_ that is used for both the historic and the current German air force is the German-language generic designation of any air force
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