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President Uchtdorf Meets with Hungary and Germany Consuls

Contributed By By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News assistant editor

  • 23 September 2013

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, meets with Consul General Lazlo Kalman of Hungary, middle, and Consul General Bernd Fischer of Germany, right.  Photo by Ivan Mejia.


President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, met with diplomats and community officials in California on September 13–15—building bridges for the Church and promoting understanding.

On Friday, September 13, President Uchtdorf, accompanied by his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, visited with Consul General Bernd Fischer from Germany and Consul General Laszlo Kalman from Hungary.

The leaders reviewed the Church’s presence in Germany and Hungary from both a missionary and a humanitarian aid perspective.

More than 900 full-time missionaries currently serve in the countries of Germany and Hungary combined. In addition, Hungary and Germany are among the 179 countries that have received emergency relief assistance from the Church in recent years following natural disasters and in response to other humanitarian needs.

President Uchtdorf said it was a special opportunity to visit with these two leaders.

“There is such a great history with these two countries and the reunification of Germany, which led to the coming down of the Iron Curtain in 1989,” he said.

The following day, President Uchtdorf participated in a Church-sponsored event held at a private residence and titled Flavors of the World, which was attended by consuls general and international diplomats who are posted in Los Angeles, as well a number of local faith leaders and community officials.

The occasion was an opportunity for the Church, its Southern California Public Affairs Council, and other special guests to work together toward building bridges of understanding in the community, said President Uchtdorf.

During the event, the Church’s Southern California Public Affairs Council recognized Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca for his contributions to the community.

Local Church leaders praised Sheriff Baca for his inclusive service amidst Los Angeles’s diverse populace.