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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf addresses LDS Church leadership changes

Some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have shown concern for one of their leaders after the position he had been serving in for several years drastically changed.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles served in the First Presidency as second counselor to President Thomas S. Monson's since Feb. 2008.

On Tuesday, it was announced President Dallin H. Oaks would step in The First Presidency with President Henry B. Eyring.

Utah State Representative and author Mike Winder joined News4Utah in studio earlier this week to discuss the changes. Winder said in 1970 a similar move happened when Joseph Fielding Smith took over as president.  Listen to the full interview here:

Wednesday, Uchtdorf took to social and offered words of support to the new First Presidency.

"In the last couple of days, I have seen countless comments on social media and have heard many questions regarding how I feel now that I am no longer a counselor in the First Presidency. I appreciate your concern for my welfare, but I assure you, I’m just fine. 😃❤️" he wrote.

Uchtdorf recalled a talk he gave in 2008 at a general conference.

"During that address, I discussed the importance of seeing every calling we receive—no matter what it is—as an opportunity to strengthen and bless others and become what Heavenly Father wants us to become. I could give that talk again today and the words I shared would be just as relevant," the post read.

Read his full statement here:


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