Dallin H. Oaks

Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Dallin Harris Oaks (born August 12, 1932) is an American attorney, jurist, author, professor, public speaker, and religious leader. Since 1984, he has been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Elder Dallin H. Oaks in 2010


  • I submit that religious values and political realities are so inter-linked in the origin and perpetuation of this nation that we cannot lose the influence of religion in our public life without seriously jeopardizing our freedoms.
  • Unpopular minority religions are especially dependent upon a constitutional guarantee of free exercise of religion. We are fortunate to have such a guarantee in the United States, but many nations do not. The importance of that guarantee should make us ever diligent to defend it.
  • None should resist the plea that we unite to increase our concern for the welfare and future of our children — the rising generation.
    • Dallin H. Oaks, Dallin H. Oaks Advocates for Children, Deseret News, 6 October 2012
  • Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.
    • Desire, Dallin H. Oaks, April 2011
  • You can never get enough of what you don't need, because what you don't need won't satisfy you.
  • The Atonement of Jesus Christ and the healing it offers do much more than provide the opportunity for repentance from sins. The Atonement also gives us the strength to endure 'pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind,' because our Savior also took upon Him 'the pains and the sicknesses of his people' (Alma 7:11). Brothers and sisters, if your faith and prayers and the power of the priesthood do not heal you from an affliction, the power of the Atonement will surely give you the strength to bear the burden.
  • If you wish to marry well, inquire well.
    • Divorce, Dallin H. Oaks, April 2007
  • If we choose the wrong road, we choose the wrong destination.
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