Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared a video today of some of his family members performing at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, over Thanksgiving. Included in the group was his daughter, famous LDS violinist Jenny Oaks Baker.
Members of our family living in Utah were thrilled to present a Thanksgiving devotional to about 1,200 missionaries in the Provo MTC. Participating were 21 family members, including three daughters and their husbands, one son and his wife, nine grandchildren, and two granddaughters-in-law. This opportunity to spend the holiday with the missionaries and with family was a remarkable experience I will always treasure.
Our North American missionaries knew the origin and purpose of the Thanksgiving holiday, but we needed to explain it to missionaries in the many other MTCs in other countries who received the broadcast. All understood the significance of thanking God for our many blessings, especially our Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation, the gift of His Only Begotten Son, our Savior, and our knowledge of these gifts through the restored gospel. Parents, family members, and friends, you should be proud of these missionaries. I have great confidence in the work they will do to share the gospel.
Sister Oaks and I spoke, we viewed two short videos on Thanksgiving themes, and our family members performed musical numbers, including several by strings with piano.
Watch the full video below!
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.