- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsQuorum of the Twelve Apostles, 1984 - present
Elder Dallin H. Oaks has served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since May 1984.
He is a native of Provo, Utah (born on August 12, 1932). He and his late wife, June Dixon Oaks, are the parents of six children. She died July 21, 1998. On August 25, 2000, he married Kristen M. McMain in the Salt Lake Temple.
Elder Oaks is a graduate of Brigham Young University (1954) and of the University of Chicago Law School (1957). He practiced law and taught law in Chicago. He was president of Brigham Young University from 1971 to 1980 and a justice of the Utah Supreme Court from 1980 until his resignation in 1984 to accept his calling to the apostleship.
He has been an officer or member of the board of many business, educational, and charitable organizations. He is the author or co-author of many books and articles on religious and legal subjects. In May, 2013, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty awarded him the Canterbury Medal for “courage in the defense of religious liberty.”
- Brigham Young University1954
- University of Chicago Law School1957
My thesis was that we all want to live together in happiness, harmony, and peace. To achieve that common goal, and for all contending parties to achieve their most important personal goals, we must learn and practice mutual respect for others whose beliefs, values, and behaviors differ from our own. In addition to that, I made other important points including the following:
The First Amendment provides unique protections for the free exercise of religion by believers and religious institutions. It also assures religion an honorable place in our public life.
All government officers should exercise their civil authority according to the principles and within the limits of civil government. When acting as public officials they are not free to apply personal convictions or preferences—religious or other—in place of the defined responsibilities of their public offices.
I concluded with a call for all who accept the fundamental belief in a Supreme Being and the right and wrong He has established by a Supreme Being to unite more effectively to preserve and strengthen religious freedom, and to do so with civility and concern for the feelings and sincere beliefs of others.
“I want you to know there are a lot of capable, beautiful LDS women for good men to choose from. There are a lot of capable, hard-working, and kind LDS men to do the choosing. But in my 10+ years of young single adult experience and the beginning of my mid-singles experience, there is still a lot of fear, doubt, and childishness which is manifested [by eligible men].
“I recently watched a version of Peter Pan where Wendy is asking Peter to enter a realm of adulthood through feeling love. Peter gets upset and resists by saying: 'I always want to be a little boy and to have fun!' And it’s true. I see that same sort of resistance from our men every day."
My single friends, from personal experience I promise you that the sweetness of marriage and family life is a wonderful gift that should be sought after and not delayed. I encourage you to prayerfully consider what you are doing to work toward this worthy goal.
Whether you face sickness, heartache, addiction, depression, rejection, unemployment, singleness, or other challenges, I invite you to come to Jesus Christ. Having descended beneath it all, He is perfectly positioned to lift us and give us the strength we need to endure our afflictions. We have only to ask.
Because of Their all-encompassing love, our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, hear and suitably answer the prayers of all who seek them in faith.
We live in challenging times: wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, and the prospects of financial disasters. More important, values and standards honored for thousands of years are now being denied or cast aside. Selfishness is replacing service. The fundamental freedoms of speech and religion are being questioned. Evil is being called good, and good is being called evil.
Though men’s hearts are failing them, you should take heart. There have always been challenging times. All generations have survived daunting challenges, and so will you. The answer to all of these challenges is the same as it has always been.
We have a Savior, and He has taught us what we should do. At the conclusion of His earthly ministry He declared:
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
As His witness I testify that His teachings are true and that the way He has marked out is the way to peace in this world and everlasting life in the world to come.
These pictures show Dwayne Saviano and I at work in that missionary assignment meeting.
To those of you who have served or will serve missions, thanks for your willingness to serve. We pray that the Lord will bless you in and for your missionary labors.
“There are always two sides to an issue. …
“I prefer the quote from another sister who observed that if the sisters would treat these [suffering] men like kings, they’ll rise to take the crown. …
“A branch president said, ‘Some of you don’t have room in your lives for a man.’ …
“Many men are in love with coming and going as they please, and the women are in love with their careers. …
“Both genders have been seduced by the doctrine of self-fulfillment. …
“The hardest word for singles is surrender.”
As I said last month, my young friends, from personal experience, I promise you that the sweetness of marriage and family life is a wonderful gift that should be sought after and not delayed. I encourage you to prayerfully consider what you are doing to work toward this worthy goal.
We spoke about the importance of a perspective that includes our eternal destination, keeping the commandments, avoiding bondage to addictions and false ideas, and balancing the inevitable flow of worldly values with a regular diet of spiritual nourishment.
I repeated my usual message discouraging “hanging out” and encouraging dating activities that can lead to marriage.