Dallin H. Oaks

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By  LDS Living
August 12, 2021 11:30 AM MDT
This story was originally published by LDS Living in August 2018 and has been updated to celebrate President Oaks's birthday.
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April 15, 2021 05:22 PM MDT
When President Dallin H. Oaks received invitations to speak while serving as a counselor in the Chicago South Stake Presidency, he usually got impressions about what he should speak about.
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March 04, 2021 02:32 PM MST
Youth often choose prominent persons as role models, never really expecting to meet them. I chose such a role model when I was in my teens. His name was Dallin H. Oaks.
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February 12, 2021 01:00 PM MST
This excerpt is adapted from In the Hands of the Lord: The Life of Dallin H. Oaks available now for preorder at DeseretBook.com.
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November 11, 2020 01:00 PM MST
This story was originally published by LDS Living in May 2018 and has been updated in honor of Veterans Day.
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June 17, 2019 01:31 PM MDT
The Oakland California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been rededicated under the direction of President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency.
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By  LDS Living
April 26, 2019 10:00 PM MDT
Get to know the current members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve with these books and talks authored by our beloved leaders.
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April 04, 2019 12:53 PM MDT
At this wonderful general conference time, it is our privilege to bring together senior leaders of the Church from around the world to provide instruction and to unify our effort to bring God’s children closer to the gospel of Jesus Christ. This morning in a leadership session the First Presidency provided instruction on several important topics. We are pleased to share with our members and friends some very positive messages from that meeting.
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By  LDS Living
March 05, 2019 03:00 PM MST
Recently the Ensign shared a beautiful article byBarbara Morgan Gardiner about connecting daughters of God to His priesthood power. This article has been shared by several apostles on Facebook, along with messages about the power of women and how they access priesthood power in their lives.
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December 27, 2018 09:32 AM MST
Amidst their world travels andbig Church changes, it's impossible to summarize all the good the prophet and apostles have done this year. But here's a glimpse into some of the most popular and touching stories and messages shared from the Brethren this year.
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By  LDS Living
November 23, 2018 03:14 PM MST
The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are now using Instagram to share the light of Jesus Christ with millions around the world.
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October 30, 2018 07:40 PM MDT
How can Latter-day Saints balance the competing demands of love and law by following gospel law in their personal lives and simultaneously showing love for those who do not?
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October 23, 2018 01:22 PM MDT
“Whenever there has been a disaster, you have always shown up,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said about the Church and its members helping with relief efforts following Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
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October 09, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
We hear stories of the apostles' childhoods nearly every general conference. Common sense tells us that before they were leaders of the Church, they were little kids who ran and played, dreamed and made mistakes, joked and scraped their knees—just like all of us.
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August 28, 2018 09:11 PM MDT
“Our relationship to God and the purpose of earth life are explained in terms of the family," President Dallin H. Oaks said as he addressed young married couples from 11 stakes in the Los Angeles area. "We are the spirit children of heavenly parents. The gospel plan is implemented through earthly families, and our highest aspiration is to perpetuate those family relationships throughout eternity."
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August 28, 2018 04:12 PM MDT
The Ensign recently published an article written by Elder David A. Bednar focusing on the remarkable life of President Dallin H. Oaks. Among the incredible stories shared was this powerful witness of the Spirit and how President Oaks has allowed the Holy Ghost to guide his life. Read the full article here.
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August 07, 2018 06:30 PM MDT
The following is an excerpt from Elder Dallin H. Oaks's book Pure in Heart.
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By  Yvonne Liu
July 14, 2018 09:10 AM MDT
Choosing an eternal companion is one of the most important decisions to make in this life. However, people fall in love and find their eternal companions in many different ways. Even our beloved prophet and apostles experienced times when they had butterflies in their stomachs and unrestful nights thinking about their significant others. Here are the stories of how our prophet and apostles found their eternal companions.
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July 03, 2018 02:24 PM MDT
When my wonderful mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer, our family’s fervent prayers for her recovery made me think back on the experience of praying for my own dear mother’s recovery from the same illness fourteen years earlier. When I was twenty-two, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I learned the devastating news while on a Study Abroad at the BYU Jerusalem Center. When I received that call, I was standing at a pay phone on the banks of the Sea of Galilee. I was in the land where the Lord had performed so many miracles, and I knew He could heal my mother. I just needed to have enough faith!
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June 03, 2018 10:31 PM MDT
During the Church's "Be One" event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the priesthood revelation, touching stories were shared of the black pioneers in the Church who remained faithful despite painful priesthood and temple restrictions. President Dallin H. Oaks acknowledged, “I observed the pain and frustration experienced by those who suffered these restrictions and those who criticized them and sought for reasons. I studied the reasons then being given and could not feel confirmation of the truth of any of them.” He also shared the touching moment when he sat down and cried for joy learning of the priesthood revelation. President Russell M. Nelson added, "Differences in culture, language, gender, race, and nationality fade into insignificance as the faithful enter the covenant path and come unto our beloved Redeemer." Read President Nelson's full remarks here, and President Oaks's full remarks here.
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June 01, 2018 12:39 PM MDT
June 8, 1978, is emblazoned into our collective memory as Latter-day Saints. Many of us identify with the sentiments of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, who said, "I can remember exactly where I was. For us, that's the 'where we [were] when Kennedy was shot' [moment], this deep, deep, spiritual, emotional moment in the history of the Church."
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May 12, 2018 09:49 AM MDT
We know the First Presidency and apostles sacrifice much to serve the Lord and members around the world, but sometimes we fail to recognize the women who travel with them, stand beside them, and sacrifice just as much for our Church. Learn a little more about the wives of the apostles.
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April 25, 2018 06:32 PM MDT
Whether a person who has lost a spouse enters into a second marriage is a very personal decision. It depends on many individual circumstances, including the ages of the prospective marriage partners and children, financial implications, and even what is known about the feelings of the deceased spouse. In the hope of benefiting others who decide (as I did) to remarry, I share here some of what I learned as I experienced some of the issues involved in a second marriage.
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April 17, 2018 07:08 PM MDT
I learned what it was like to suffer the death of a beloved spouse. Others have had or will have the same experience. I share here what I learned, knowing that only some of my experiences and conclusions are true for everyone. On this subject, much is individual.
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March 27, 2018 12:40 PM MDT
When the prophets, apostles, and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregate every six months to speak to the world, members and nonmembers are invited to tune in and hear their inspired counsel. With so many ears to hear, hearts to listen, and minds to enlighten, Church leaders turn to the Spirit.
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March 05, 2018 05:55 PM MST
On March 3, President and Sister Oaks sat together as keynote speakers in the closing session of the 2018 RootsTech conference—the largest family history conference in the world.
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March 03, 2018 04:00 PM MST
I received a letter from a Church member who posed an unusual question: “Do I have a right to bear testimony of the Savior? Or is that the sole prerogative of the Twelve?” In response, I share some thoughts on why every member of this Church should bear witness and testimony of Jesus Christ.
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January 31, 2018 04:13 PM MST
An anonymous letter with only a post office box address was delivered to Elder Oaks. The letter expressed a concern so decisively that he felt to share both it and his reply with me. They state very well the struggle with self-worth so many of us feel in this life.
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January 18, 2018 10:00 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from President Oaks' book Life's Lessons Learned.
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By  LDS Living
January 17, 2018 04:53 PM MST
On Wednesday, President Russell M. Nelson shared his first Facebook message as prophet, reaching out specifically to women, youth, and those struggling with doubts or challenges in the Church:
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By  LDS Living
January 17, 2018 02:30 PM MST
On Tuesday, our new prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, announced the Church's new First Presidency, an event noted by news outlets across the nation. Here is a glimpse into what these outlets are saying about our new Church leadership:
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December 14, 2017 10:06 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from Elder Dallin H. Oaks' book Life's Lessons Learned.
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November 20, 2017 02:33 PM MST
“We send our love across the oceans, the mountains and the electronics to all the world,” said Elder Oaks.
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November 09, 2017 10:33 PM MST
The year 1940 might have been a banner year for our family. The health and financial hardships that followed my father’s 1930 graduation from medical school in Philadelphia were past. The family was happily located in Twin Falls, Idaho, where my father’s medical practice (eye, ear, nose, and throat) was thriving and where he served on the high council of the Twin Falls Stake. In January 1938, he and my mother had returned from his four months of valuable postdoctoral training in ophthalmology in Vienna, Austria, and Cairo, Egypt. After years of sacrifice since their marriage in 1929, my mother could at last contemplate a life of security as the wife of a prosperous physician. In January 1940, son Merrill would be four, and in March, daughter Evelyn would be one. In August 1940, I, their eldest, would be baptized following my eighth birthday.
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November 08, 2017 09:41 AM MST
One of the most beautiful things about the LDS Church is how it brings people together from different backgrounds, and the pasts of the Brethren leading this church are no different. Find out what unique jobs some general authorities have held before they were called to serve.
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By  LDS Living
October 16, 2017 05:47 PM MDT
In his October 2017 general conference address, Elder Dallin H. Oaks shared the importance of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World," saying, "The restored gospel of Jesus Christ and the inspired family proclamation. . . are essential teachings to guide mortal preparation for exaltation."
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September 27, 2017 04:00 PM MDT
What a positive example of the influence the LDS Church, its service, and its leaders have around the world.
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By  LDS Living
August 09, 2017 12:00 PM MDT
Education is an important part of seeking truth in the world. In fact, as President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “For members of the Church, education is not merely a good idea—it’s a commandment."
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August 05, 2017 09:00 AM MDT
Many members of the Church feel a deep connection with the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. As we read their words and listen to them speak twice a year in general conference, we are able to learn from their unique spiritual strengths and distinct teaching styles. Since we are accustomed to seeing Church leaders in spiritual settings, it can be tempting to think of these men only in a spiritual light; however, they are multidimensional people with individual interests and personalities.
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By  LDS Living
June 21, 2017 03:53 PM MDT
Recently, Elder Dallin H. Oaks shared a challenge he felt inspired to share with his family after last general conference:
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April 15, 2017 08:00 AM MDT
It isn't an easy task to narrow down the list of books written by prophets, apostles, and historians about the Church. The topics are varied and the viewpoints are many. However, there are certain books that have risen to the top and have stayed extremely relevant to readers over the years. We'd like to introduce our ultimate list of must-read LDS classics:
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By  LDS Living
March 21, 2017 02:36 PM MDT
While speaking to BYU-Hawaii graduates in February, Elder Dallin H. Oaks advised members to refrain from "ugliness, personal meanness" in conversations on and offline. In a recent Facebook post, Elder Oaks also advised members to "stand clear from the current atmosphere of hate and to refrain from participating in the contentious communications that are so common today."
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By  LDS Living
March 11, 2017 03:00 PM MST
In this interesting video created by Mormon Life Hacker, three general conference talks from our apostles President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, and Elder M. Russell Ballard share powerful messages of how we can simplify our life to focus on what is most important.
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February 27, 2017 02:56 PM MST
In an address given to graduates at the commencement exercises at Brigham Young University-Hawaii on Feb. 25, Elder Dallin H. Oaks advised members to "push back against worldly values." One of the ways Elder Oaks mentioned to push back against the world and move forward in faith was to refrain from "contentious communications" even while using technology.
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By  LDS Living
February 18, 2017 05:00 PM MST
As the world continues to be filled with evil all around and the times may seem bleak, we can find peace and hope through our Savior and His gospel. Elder Oaks recently shared the following in a post on his Facebook page to remind us to look to and trust in Christ.
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January 24, 2017 08:16 PM MST
A known advocate of religious freedom, Elder Dallin H. Oaks and other Church leaders urged members to advocate for religious freedom while refraining from angry and hurtful rhetoric.
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January 19, 2017 01:07 PM MST
“When we trust in the Lord that all will work out, this hope keeps us moving. . . . I am glad to practice it and to recommend it to counter all current despairs,” Elder Oaks counseled young adults while discussing the "unusually wide and ugly" divisiveness and "meanness" that has followed the presidential election.
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December 29, 2016 10:25 PM MST
The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve are always busy traveling and visiting members around the world. And this year more than ever we've enjoyed seeing the photos of their travels they have shared with us on Facebook! Here are some of our favorites from the year:
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November 15, 2016 10:06 PM MST
When Thomas S. Monson was called to the Quorum of the Twelve in October of 1963, one of the first assignments he was given was to supervise the work of the gospel in the Polynesian area. He came to know and love the members in Polynesia, even giving his October 1966 conference talk on "God's Gifts to Polynesia's People."
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November 11, 2016 04:03 PM MST
We thank all the brave men and women who have served in militaries around the world to protect their countries.
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November 09, 2016 03:59 PM MST
In a new Church video, Elder Dallin H. Oaks tells about the letters he's received from parents and other members in the Church experiencing heartbreak after their loved ones have decided to live their lives differently than the Church teaches.
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October 21, 2016 05:00 PM MDT
In a new, powerful video series by the Mormon Channel, five Apostles and two female Church leaders speak directly to members who feel ostracized and like they do not belong in the Church.
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By  LDS Living
October 06, 2016 07:33 PM MDT
When we feel like we aren't receiving answers to our prayers from our Heavenly Father, often we can feel alone, forgotten, or even confused. However, our Heavenly Father loves us with an infinite love.
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September 14, 2016 03:20 PM MDT
At an address at BYU, Elder Oaks unflinchingly addressed the "current ugliness" of the political arena as well as the ugliness that spreads online. During this address, he gave some timeless counsel for Latter-day Saints as elections approach.
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August 24, 2016 04:30 PM MDT
Before he was an apostle and before he was appointed to the Utah Supreme Court, Dallin H. Oaks served for nearly a decade as the president of Brigham Young University.
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August 12, 2016 01:30 PM MDT
Tackling many topics singles within the Church struggle with, Elder Oaks was clear when he stated, “Singles are such an important part of the Church. They are an important part of the country, too.”
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By  LDS Living
August 09, 2016 03:40 PM MDT
Over a year ago, Elder Dallin H. Oaks gave people a glimpse into the process of how Church leaders assign missionaries to their particular missions. He called it a sacred responsibility and described the process as follows:
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July 13, 2016 12:59 PM MDT
It's incredible to see how much the Church contributes to those in need around the world. No wonderPBS called the Church's welfare program "one of the world's best."
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