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Gerry Avant
Then-President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, speaks with Elder Selwin Lovell, who is from the South American country of Guyana and has been called to serve in the Mississippi Jackson Mission at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, on Easter, April 20, 2014.

Last week, the newly called Church president, President Russell M. Nelson, announced Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf was resuming his place in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles “and has already received major assignments for which he is uniquely qualified … and where he is needed most.”

Elder Uchtdorf’s new duties were announced Monday, Jan. 22.

His new assignments include chairman of the Missionary Executive Council, chairman of the Correlation Executive Council and the primary contact for the Europe and Europe East Areas.

Elder Uchtdorf will represent the Office of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve in his capacity as chairman of the Missionary Executive Council, where he will direct the global operation of all missionary activities of the Church, according to a Church news release. The chair was previously filled by Elder Dallin H. Oaks.

Elder Uchtdorf, 77, is, of course, no stranger to Europe. He was born in Czechoslovakia and grew up in Germany, where he and his family joined the Church. He served in the German Air Force for six years and earned his wings as a fighter pilot in the German and U.S. Air Forces.

Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 2004, Elder Uchtdorf served for almost a decade as second counselor in the First Presidency to President Thomas S. Monson.

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