Big Spring is one of those places that seems to hold memories for a lot of people; even those who live a world away.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, made a special visit to Big Spring last weekend. Uchtdorf came back for his visit almost 50 years to the day that he first arrived in Big Spring.
â€śI was in the cockpit as we landed, on runway 17, and it was like a coming home,â€ť Uchtdorf said. â€śI had taxied down that runway and taken off numerous times, learning how to do it better.â€ť
The first time he was here was to earn his wings; this time, Uchtdorf was in Big Spring to help dedicate the new Church of Jesus Christ LDS chapel. It is rare to have one of the three-member First Presidency, which is an organization over the 14 million-member worldwide church, attend one of these events. However, for Uchtdorf it was more than just a dedication event. While he was training at Webb Air Force Base, he also helped build the first section of the chapel.
â€śI tell people that not only did I earn my wings in Big Spring, but it's where I learned how to use a hammer and a nail,â€ť Uchtdorf said. â€śIt's also where I learned what a two-by-four was.â€ť