Trust in Heaven’s Timing

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Kristen M. Oaks

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Elder Oaks:

“I am very concerned about the singles in the Church. I love them …”

Elder Oaks quotes from an article in the Ensign to show how it can sometimes feel to be a single member of a conventional ward. Read the article.

“My favorite former single is my wife, Kristen. I have asked her to share some remarks.”

Sister Oaks:

A friend of Sister Oaks changed how she prayed to prayers of accepting the Lord’s timetable.

Making Adjustments

3 Things Sister Oaks Changed

  • Changed her behavior: “I began to spend less time alone … and involved myself in ward activities, like cooking and cleaning up … that brought me together with members of my ward.”


  • Changed her study of the scriptures: “Through the scriptures our ability to receive revelation is increased. … By studying the scriptures we see how He operates and talks to us.”
  • Changed her prayers: “I focused more on an eternal perspective. I asked for opportunities to serve and to help others. … I began to better understand the needs of those around me.”

What More Can I Do That Is Right?

5 Helpful Tips

  • Ask the right question: “What more can I do that is right?”
  • Maintain an eternal perspective: “Had I overlooked the many ways I could be an instrument for doing good, for doing the Lord’s will?”
  • Trust God: “Heavenly Father’s timing is not our timing, and we have to trust Him.”
  • Don’t be discouraged: “By praying and reading the scriptures and continuing to have faith in the promises of Heavenly Father, we can change our focus and we can learn His will for us.”
  • Wait on the Lord: “I came to realize more fully the power of our Savior’s Atonement and the wisdom of King Benjamin words (see Mosiah 2:17).”

“Faith is a real and vital force, and we can magnify it through our actions. … It is always given when righteousness is present, and the greater the measure of obedience to God’s laws the greater will be the endowment of faith.

What a promise. We can do it! … It is time for us to step up and be the best we can be. My hope is that each of us will turn to our Heavenly Father and ask, ‘What more can I do that is right?’”


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Ask Heavenly Father daily, “What more can I do that is right?”