Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf: ‘God Will Do Something Unimaginable’

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Notable quotes:

“We will endure this, yes. But we will do more than simply grit our teeth, hold on and wait for things to return to the old normal. We will move forward, and we will be better as a result.”
“It is my witness that though at times we may feel buried by the trials of life, or surrounded by emotional darkness, the love of God and the blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ will bring something unimaginable to spring forth.”
“As an Apostle of the Lord, I invite and bless you to ‘cheerfully do all things that lie in [your] power; and then may [you] stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed’ (Doctrine and Covenants 123:7). And I promise you that the Lord will cause unimaginable things to come from your righteous labors.”

Summary points:

  • Even though this pandemic is not what was wanted or expected, God has prepared His children and His Church for this time.
  • Men and women are like seeds, and for seeds to reach their potential, they must be buried before they can sprout.
  • The righteous are not given a free pass that allows them to avoid the valleys of shadow. “Our Heavenly Father knows that we suffer — and because we are His children, He will not abandon us.”

Talk summary:

God uses adversity to bring about His purposes. Though this pandemic is neither wanted nor expected, God has prepared His children and His Church for this time.

“We will endure this, yes. But we will do more than simply grit our teeth, hold on and wait for things to return to the old normal. We will move forward, and we will be better as a result.”

Men and women are like seeds, and for seeds to reach their potential, they must be buried before they can sprout. “It is my witness that though at times we may feel buried by the trials of life, or surrounded by emotional darkness, the love of God and the blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ will bring something unimaginable to spring forth.”

Every dispensation has faced times of trial and hardship, with twofold learnings. The righteous are not given a free pass that allows them to avoid the valleys of shadow. Also, Heavenly Father knows all suffering and will not abandon His children.

“God will watch over and shepherd you during these times of uncertainty and fear. He knows you. He hears your pleas. He is faithful and dependable. He will fulfill His promises.

“God has something unimaginable in mind for you personally and the Church collectively — a marvelous work and a wonder.”

This is the Lord’s work. He invites all to find His ways of doing it — and those ways may differ from past experiences.

“As an apostle of the Lord, I invite and bless you to ‘cheerfully do all things that lie in [your] power; and then may [you] stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed’ (Doctrine and Covenants 123:7). And I promise that the Lord will cause unimaginable things to come from your righteous labors.”

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About the speaker:

  • Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf has been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since 2004. He served as a counselor in the First Presidency from February 2008-January 2018.
  • From 1965-1996, he was a pilot, captain and corporate executive for the German airline, Lufthansa.
  • He is currently the chairman of the Missionary Executive Council and directs the global operation of all missionary activity for the Church.
  • He and Harriet Reich married in 1962. They have two children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Recently on Social:

  • Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf tweeted on Sept. 23 about drawing near to Heavenly Father.
  • He shared photos of his missionary grandsons, Eric and Robin, in a Sept. 18 Facebook post and expressed gratitude for missionaries around the world. The gospel of Jesus Christ edifies and refines relationships across cultural, social or language borders, he said.

These photos show two of my grandsons, Eric and Robin. One photo was taken when they were five and three years old, and…

Posted by Dieter F. Uchtdorf on Friday, September 18, 2020
  • In an Aug. 16 Instagram post, Elder Uchtdorf wrote about how he achieved his dream of becoming a pilot. “Remember that if you trust in the Lord, learn of Him, have faith in Him, He will direct your path,” he wrote.
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When I think of you youth and young adults, I feel a deep tenderness toward you. When I think of you, I see me!⁣ ⁣ As a young man, I stood at the fence of an international airport and watched those “magnificent flying machines.” How I wanted to be in the cockpit of one of those impressive airplanes and feel the thrill of rising up from the ground, climbing above the clouds, and traveling unto new horizons.⁣ ⁣ But was that dream possible? I was not born into wealth. My family had twice been refugees, taking only what we could carry. I was considered by some to be an outsider. While other children played with their friends, I had to spend my afternoons and weekends working in our family laundry business, often as a delivery boy.⁣ ⁣ I say this because some of you might also be wondering if your dreams will ever become reality. I understand what you are feeling. If I could go back in time and talk to that young boy who stood on the other side of the fence yearning for a better future, I would say:⁣ ⁣ “It’s not going to be easy, but you can do it. You will be all right. The journey will be filled with challenges, Dieter. But the struggle itself will transform you into the person you want to be. Work hard. Be consistent. Focus on the things you can change, not so much on the things you cannot change. Have faith. Have hope. Trust in God. Know that if you do your part, things will work out.”⁣ ⁣ This is also my advice to you today. No matter how far away your destination feels, know this: you may not get to where you want to go in a day or a week or even a year. But if you continue to place one foot in front of the other and strive each day to follow your plan, things will work out and you will reach your goals. You will certainly find surprises and unexpected challenges during your adventure, but those are the things that make a successful story—your life story! And, especially, remember that if you trust in the Lord, learn of Him, have faith in Him, He will direct your path.

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  • He wrote in an Aug. 7 Facebook post that people can easily be caught up in the day-to-day grind of life and fail to listen to the Spirit. “Can we hear the gentle call of our beloved Savior, who invites us to come and follow Him? Do we hear His voice?” he asked in the post.

We sometimes get so caught up in the grind of everyday life that we fail to recognize the sublime voice of the Spirit…

Posted by Dieter F. Uchtdorf on Friday, August 7, 2020
  • In a May 18 tweet Elder Uchtdorf testified of the mission of Jesus Christ. “Because of His profound and eternal love, Jesus Christ suffered and died for you and me,” Elder Uchtdorf wrote, testifying of the hope and healing the Savior offers through His Resurrection and Atonement.