President Dallin H. and Sister Kristen Oaks

President Dallin H. and Sister Kristen Oaks

First Counselor in the First Presidency

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency and president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since May 1984.

President 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 president of BYU 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.

President Oaks 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.”

President Oaks is a native of Provo, Utah. He and his late wife, June Dixon Oaks, are the parents of six children. She passed away July 21, 1998, and in August 2000, he married Kristen M. McMain in the Salt Lake Temple.


Sister Kristen McMain Oaks, raised in Salt Lake City, has two degrees from the University of Utah and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from BYU. She was employed as an educational consultant in the publishing industry, instructing teachers and supervisors nationally and internationally. She was also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Education at BYU.

Sister Oaks served a mission in Japan. She has been an officer or teacher in all the organizations at the ward and stake level. In the Philippines, where her husband served as Area President, she worked for two years as a trainer and teacher to all the auxiliaries.

She served many years on the Board of Primary Children’s Hospital. She is the author of the book, A Single Voice, and the co-author of the recent book, The Testimony Glove.

Sister Oaks especially loves being a wife, mother, and grandmother.