Today is President Dallin H. Oak’s birthday! To help celebrate his tireless service to the members of this Church, we’ve compiled a list of some of our very favorite quotes from President Oaks, as well as some fun facts you may not know about him. Be sure to wish him a very happy birthday today!
President Dallin H. Oaks worked to support his family at the age of 11
President Oak’s father sadly passed away from tuberculosis when he was 7 years old. In order to help his widowed mother, President Oaks received a job sweeping out a radio repair shop when he was 11. This small job would lead to further opportunities, including receiving his radiotelephone operator’s license, which then allowed him to operate a commercial radio station’s transmitter, eventually leading to a job in radio.
“He knows of our anguish, and He is there for us. Like the good Samaritan, when He finds us wounded at the wayside, He will bind up our wounds and care for us (see Luke 10:34). The healing and strengthening power of Jesus Christ and His Atonement is for all of us who will ask. I testify of that as I also testify of our Savior, who makes it all possible.”
“What can one person do to promote world peace? The answer is simple: keep God’s commandments and serve his children.”
President Dallin H. Oaks was named after his mother’s favorite artist
Stella Harris Oaks deeply loved the work of Cyrus Dallin, an artist from Utah who created beautiful paintings and sculptures of the early Latter-day Saint pioneers. She was in attendance at the unveiling of his “The Pioneer Mother” monument in Springville, Utah. Three weeks later, when her son was born, she decided his name would be Dallin.
President Oaks was President of Brigham Young University from 1971 – 1980
During his time as President of the university, he oversaw the creation of the J. Reuben Clark Law School and many other influential programs and institutions of Brigham Young University.
“Sometimes His power heals an infirmity, but the scriptures and our experiences teach that sometimes He succors or helps by giving us the strength or patience to endure our infirmities.”
“And so we see that because of His Atonement, the Savior has the power to succor—to help—every mortal pain and affliction. Sometimes His power heals an infirmity, but the scriptures and our experiences teach that sometimes He succors or helps by giving us the strength or patience to endure our infirmities.”
“Following Christ is not a casual or occasional practice but a continuous commitment and way of life that applies at all times and in all places.”
“As Jesus taught, those who love Him will keep His commandments. They will be obedient, as President Thomas S. Monson taught this morning. Following Christ is not a casual or occasional practice but a continuous commitment and way of life that applies at all times and in all places. The Savior taught this principle and how we should be reminded and strengthened to follow it when He instituted the ordinance of the sacrament (communion, as others call it). We know from modern revelation that He commanded His followers to partake of the emblems in remembrance of Him.”
President Oaks Studied Accounting at Brigham Young University
President Oaks earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University, and soon after attended Chicago Law School. His dedication to education led to a fulfilling career in the field of law and eventually becoming a professor of law at the University of Chicago.
“Spiritual food is necessary for spiritual survival, especially in a world that is moving away from belief in God and the absolutes of right and wrong. In an age dominated by the Internet, which magnifies messages that menace faith, we must increase our exposure to spiritual truth in order to strengthen our faith and stay rooted in the gospel.”
“In the eyes of God, whether in the Church or in the family, women and men are equal, with different responsibilities.”
“In the eyes of God, whether in the Church or in the family, women and men are equal, with different responsibilities. I close with some truths about the blessings of the priesthood. Unlike priesthood keys and priesthood ordinations, the blessings of the priesthood are available to women and to men on the same terms. The gift of the Holy Ghost and the blessings of the temple are familiar illustrations of this truth.”
Devin is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he studied English and Business Management. He is a writer, photographer, movie-fanatic, and a lover of street tacos. He served his mission in Tokyo, Japan.