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.
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.
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.
“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.
During his short life of less than 38 years, my father lived through tremendous contrasts and transitions. Like generations of his predecessors, he was born in a log cabin on the pioneer frontier. Like most in the generations to follow, he died in a great city in a modern hospital with every medical convenience.
In his childhood, my father ran barefoot with friends on his family's homestead near an Indian reservation west of Vernal, Utah. As a young doctor in his thirties, he and my mother socialized with the medical elite in Vienna, Austria, and Cairo, Egypt.
My father never saw a train during the first half of his life. In the second half he traveled on a steamship to Europe and on a commercial flight over the deserts of Egypt and Palestine.
When he was a child, his large family (16 children) was so poor that neighbors once brought in food so the children could have a Christmas meal and the family could survive the winter. As a medical doctor during the Great Depression, he gave needed care to many who could not afford his services.
The contrasts and transitions my father experienced in his life were kind to him in many ways: a pioneer child developed into an esteemed and well-traveled young medical doctor. But in the end, one vital transition came too late. He died in 1940 of a disease (tuberculosis) for which medical science did not develop an effective treatment until a few years after his death.
Thanks to the gospel of Jesus Christ, I know I will see my father again. Families are forever.
For me, this map represents faith in the Lord, love of fellowman, and a family which has answered the call to serve. How grateful I am for my family and for all families whose members have made decisions to put their personal lives on hold and testify to the world of Jesus Christ.
- 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