President Uchtdorf Attends Birthday Celebration of 100-Year-Old Member

Contributed By Valerie Johnson, Church News staff writer

  • 2 March 2015

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, with his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, greets Erma Rosenhan at a celebration of her 100th birthday at the Family History Library. Sister Rosenhan turned 100 on February 28.  Photo by Gerry Avant.

Article Highlights

  • A celebration for sister Erma Rosenhan’s 100th birthday was held at the Family History Library.
  • President Uchtdorf and his wife were among the 60 people attending.
  • Sister Rosenhan has done the family history work for over 400,000 of her ancestors.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, and his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, and their daughter, Antje Evans showed up at a birthday celebration for Erma Rosenhan, a sister who has done the family history work for over 400,000 of her German ancestors.

Sister Rosenhan, who turned 100 on February 28, still works at the library three days a week researching family names.

Family members, friends, and missionaries serving at the Family History Library gathered February 28 to celebrate Sister Rosenhan’s 100th birthday. Around 60 people—including the Uchtdorfs—showed up to give her their support, according to Trudy Schenk, who helped organize the event

Sister Rosenhan, who served a mission in Germany before being evacuated at the start of World War II, spoke to President Uchtdorf in German. “You still speak perfect German,” he told her.

He presented her with a copy of one of his books, Sister Eternal, in which he writes of how an elderly single woman in Germany introduced his grandmother to the gospel. President and Sister Uchtdorf wrote a note to Sister Rosenhan. “We’ll write another [note] at 200 years,” he quipped.