Name: Dallin Harris Oaks
Current Calling: Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Birth Date: August 12, 1932
Birthplace: Provo, UT
Called as an Apostle: May 1984
Original Occupation: Lawyer
Bio: Elder Oaks’s father, who was an ophthalmologist, died of tuberculosis when Dallin was seven years old. Due to his membership in the Utah National Guard and the threat of being called up to serve in the Korean War, Elder Oaks was unable to serve as a full-time missionary.
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.
In May, 2013, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty awarded him the Canterbury Medal for “courage in the defense of religious liberty.”
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.
Highlight from April 2017 Conference: “Because we have the truth about the Godhead and our relationship to Them, the purpose of life, and the nature of our eternal destiny, we have the ultimate road map and assurance for our journey through mortality. We know whom we worship and why we worship. We know who we are and what we can become. We know who makes it all possible, and we know what we must do to enjoy the ultimate blessings that come through God’s plan of salvation.”
(The Godhead and the Plan of Salvation, Sunday Morning)
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