General Authorities and General Officers

President Dallin H. Oaks

First Counselor in 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 of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday, January 14, 2018. He was set apart as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in April 7, 1984.

He is a native of Provo, Utah (born in 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.

Recent articles, addresses, and speeches

Sharing the Restored GospelOctober 2016 General Conference

Opposition in All ThingsApril 2016 General Conference

Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus ChristOctober 2015 General Conference

The Parable of the SowerApril 2015 General Conference

Loving Others and Living with DifferencesOctober 2014 General Conference

The Keys and Authority of the PriesthoodApril 2014 General Conference

No Other GodsOctober 2013 General Conference

Followers of ChristApril 2013 General Conference

All General Conference talks by Dallin H. Oaks

Full Name Dallin H. Oaks


Place of Birth Provo, Utah, United States

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