F. Enzio Busche

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
F. Enzio Busche
Emeritus General Authority
7 October 2000 (2000-10-07)
First Quorum of the Seventy
1 October 1977 (1977-10-01) – 7 October 2000 (2000-10-07)
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Personal details
Born Friedrich Enzio Busche
(1930-04-05) 5 April 1930 (age 86)
Dortmund, Germany

Friedrich Enzio Busche (born 5 April 1930, Dortmund, Germany) was the first resident of Germany called as a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[1]

Busche's family left Dortmund after the beginning of the Second World War. Near the end of the war, Busche was drafted at age 14 into the German Army during the Nazi regime's desperate final push. After the war, Busche returned to Dortmund where he lived in a large part on the molasses that had poured out of a supply train American soldiers had attacked.[2]

After the war, Busche completed high school and then studied at universities in Bonn and Freiberg. He then took over a printing business from his father. Under his direction, the company grew to be one of the larger ones in Germany. It was also one of the few companies in Germany at that time that used a participatory style of leadership.[2]

Busche married Jutta Baum in 1955. Together they joined the LDS Church in 1958. He served in many local positions in the church, eventually serving as a counselor in the presidency of the Central German Mission.

Busche served as regional representative to the German regions in 1973 and spoke at the continental Europe Area conference held in Münich that year.[3]

Busche was called as a member of the church's First Quorum of the Seventy on 1 October 1977. He served in this position until 7 October 2000, when he was designated an emeritus general authority.[4] For the first three years of Busche's time as a general authority, he served as president of the Germany Munich Mission.[2] From 1987 to 1989, he was the president of the Frankfurt Germany Temple.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carl W. Buehner, a German who served before Busche, had lived for a long time in the United States prior to his call as a general authority.
  2. ^ a b c Jan U. Pinborough, "Elder F. Enzio Busche: To the Ends of the Earth," Tambuli, June 1985, p. 17.
  3. ^ Doyle L. Green, "Meeting in Munich: An Experience in Love and Brotherhood," Ensign, November 1973, pp. 71–83.
  4. ^ 2008 Deseret Morning News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Morning News, 2007) p. 93.

External links[edit]

  • Grampa Bill's G.A. Pages: F. Enzio Busche
  • Gibbons, Francis M. and Daniel Bay Gibbons. A Gathering of Eagles: Conversions From The Four Quarters of the Earth. San Jose: Writers Club Press. 2002. p. 235 ff.
  • German Saints at War. p. 5-10. Robert C. Freeman and Jon R. Felt. Springville:CFI, 2008.