President Dallin H. Oaks

President Dallin H. Oaks

Of the First Presidency


President Dallin H. Oaks was sustained and set apart as first counselor in the First Presidency and president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in January of this year. He was set apart as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1984.

A native of Provo, Utah, he and his late wife, June Dixon Oaks, are the parents of six children. After her passing in 1998, President Oaks married Kristen M. McMain in 2000 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Elder Oaks is a graduate of Brigham Young University and of the University of Chicago Law School. He practiced law and taught law in Chicago. He was the president of BYU for 9 years, and then served as a justice of the Utah Supreme Court until his call to the apostleship 34 years ago.

He has been an officer or member of the board of many business, educational, and charitable organizations, and the author or co-author of several books and articles on religious and legal subjects. In 2013, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty awarded him the Canterbury Medal for courage in the defense of religious liberty.

Spiritual Preparation

Pre-Devotional Discussion:

Please respond to the prompts below on the devotional discussion board:

Prompt #1: “The world’s ways are not and never will be the Lord’s ways” (Russell M. Nelson, “The Correct Name of the Church,” Ensign, November 2018).
“Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of the revilings” (Isaiah 51:7).
What do these two prophetic teachings mean to you?

Prompt #2: As followers of Christ, we should seek to live peaceably and lovingly with other children of God who do not share our values and do not have the covenant obligations we have assumed.
What does this teaching mean to you?

Prompt #3: We must try to balance the competing demands of love and law by following the gospel law in our personal lives and simultaneously showing love for those who do not.
How do you accomplish this balancing in your own life?