Peace is a worldwide desire, said President Dieter F. Uchtdorf during an Utah Air National Guard devotional February 8.


More than 400 members of the guard attended the Sunday morning devotional, which began at 6:30 a.m., in a hangar at the Utah Air National Guard Base near the Salt Lake City International Airport. During the service Chaplain Bruce Brewer offered the invocation and Staff Sgt. Jack Sommer the benediction, while Chaplain Gregory Clark offered remarks and introduced President Uchtdorf.

Second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Uchtdorf fit well in the setting. He served six years in the German Air Force as a fighter pilot. He was senior vice president of Lufthansa German Airlines’ flight operations and chief pilot at the time he was called as a general authority in 1994. As a pilot, he said, he traveled to almost all parts of the world. “As I did, I tried to draw close to the people of the world regardless of culture, regardless of language, regardless of religion,” the Mormon leader recalled. “I had the privilege to do that all over the world. I learned that we all have similar desires. We desire security for self and family. We desire prosperity, happiness, and especially peace.”

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