In 2004, Deseret Book published Yearning for the Living God: Reflections from the Life of F. Enzio Busche. Eleven years later, this book was translated and published in German by Leipziger Universitätsverlag (Leipzig University Press), a noteworthy and perhaps unique publishing event in Latter-day Saint history. That a prestigious German university press would publish the biography of an LDS General Authority speaks volumes about the respect Elder Busche still commands in his native land.
Born in Dortmund in 1930, three years before Hitler’s rise to power, Enzio found himself at age fourteen drafted into the faltering German army. When the war ended, he, along with most of his fellow countrymen and -women, learned the horrible truth about Hitler’s Third Reich. Enzio found himself full of questions: Who is man? Is there a God? What is the purpose of life? What happens after death?