Elder Jörg Klebingat has lived life with persistence. He believes in being
obedient and following the promptings of the Spirit.
Born December 19, 1967, to Klaus-Peter and Doris Elke Klebingat, he grew up in
Zweibrücken, Germany, without the influence of the gospel. As a teenager, he met a member of the
Church, Jeff Abbott, at a music concert, and the two became friends.
"When I visited my new friend, I was impressed by his family," he recalled in an
interview with the Church News. "I felt the Spirit in his home and wanted to attend Church."
Even after not being picked up for Church twice, he was persistent and kept
asking to go. He was impressed with the friendliness of the members who welcomed him with open arms.
It was at that first Church meeting that he heard of the Book of Mormon. His friend gave him a copy
with his testimony that it was true and Elder Klebingat left that day determined to find out for
"I was somewhere in first Nephi when I got my witness that the book was true,"
Elder Klebingat said. "Gaining a witness of the prophet Joseph Smith was also a defining moment for
me. On my mission, I always asked my companions if I could tell that part of the story."
Prior to serving full-time in the Colorado Denver Mission, Elder Klebingat
served in the German army for 18 months.
He was sealed to Julia Poltorak
in the Salt Lake Temple on Dec. 21, 1992.
Julia Poltorak Klebingat grew up in Riga, Latvia, which was then part of the
Soviet Union. She was introduced to the Church when Brigham Young University's Legacy Dixieland Band
performed in her home town, she married at 19 and attended Latvia State University, Ricks College,
BYU, and J.W.Goethe University-Frankfurt - See more about Sister Klebingat
"Embracing a Culture of Faith, Julia Klebingat"
Elder Klebingat earned a degree in Russian language studies from Brigham Young
University which included a one year study abroad experience at Moscow State University in Moscow,
Russia. Later, he received a master's degree in organizational behavior from the BYU Marriott School
of Management. He worked as a business management consultant for Price Waterhouse and Arthur Andersen
and a variety of capacities for the Church.
The father of three children, Elder Klebingat has served as an elders quorum
president, Young Men president, high councilor, branch president and bishop. He will finish serving
as president of the Ukraine Kyiv Mission in June 2014. He was sustained as a member of the First
Quorum of the Seventy on April 5, 2014.