Dallin H. Oaks

Born: August 12, 1932

Occupation: Author

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Dallin H. Oaks

Testimony is to know and to feel, Conversion is to do and to become.

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Fear not little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail. . .Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.

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We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthen our families.

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Motive is also important in our quest for knowledge and in the questioning that accompanies it. In commenting on our duty to educate for eternity, Eugene England writes: Teaching or learning - with the...

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We should seek after spiritual gifts. They can lead us to God. They can shield us from the power of the adversary. They can compensate for our inadequacies and repair our imperfections.

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Tolerance obviously requires a non-contentious manner of relating toward one another’s differences. But tolerance does not require abandoning one’s standards or one’s opinions on political or public...

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Let us give thanks for what we are and for the circumstances God has given us for our personal journey through mortality.

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Though we disagree, we should not be disagreeable.

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The gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to change. “Repent” is its most frequent message, and repenting means giving up all of our practices-perso nal, family, ethnic, and national-that are contrary...

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Materialism, which gives priority to material needs and objects, is obviously the opposite of spirituality

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We should recognize the reality that just because something is good is not sufficient reason for doing it. The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them.

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Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.

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Spirituality is not a function of occupation or calling. A scientist may be more spiritual than a theologian; a teacher may be more spiritual than an officer. Spirituality is determined by personal outlook...

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Given love and opportunity, every child and adult can recover. All who know this and have the capacity to help others should assist as they can.

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Most angelic communications are felt or heard rather than seen.

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If we are practicing our faith and seeking the companionship of the Holy Spirit, his presence can be felt in our hearts and in our homes. A family having daily family prayers and seeking to keep the commandments...

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Pray that you will have good and correct attitudes about all your experiences - be they good or bad.

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Our attitude determines how we evaluate our life's experiences. They determine how we evaluate ourselves. They also govern how we look at other people. Are we inclined to judge an eternal soul by the appearance...

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Hardships can deprive mortals of the power to ACT. But at the same time, hardships can be the means of eternal growth in ATTITUDE and DESIRE. If endured with the right attitude and accompanied by righteous...

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When we face seemingly insurmountable obstacles in the fulfillment of righteous responsibilities, we should remember that when we are involved in the work of the Lord, the obstacles before us are never...

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Going forward with our service and work is an important way room qualify for revelation. In my study of the scriptures I have noted that most revelation to the children of God comes when they are on the...

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Our attitude toward abortion . . . is fixed by our knowledge that according to an eternal plan all of the spirit children of God must come to this earth for a glorious purpose, and that individual identity...

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The gospel of Jesus Christ is the brightest light and the only hope for this darkened world.

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Religious insights and values are just as important today as they were 50 or 100 years ago.

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Man's laws cannot make moral what God has declared immoral

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There is not a right and a wrong answer to every question.

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If you wish to marry well, inquire well.

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Plan specifically so you can implement flexibly.

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The church doesn't seek apologies and we don't give them.

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When all other hope is gone, our Father in Heaven provides the Lamb of God, and we are saved by his sacrifice.

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Healing blessings come in many ways, each suited to our individual needs, as known to Him who loves us best. Sometimes a ‘healing’ cures our illness or lifts our burden. But sometimes we are ‘healed’...

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Let us remember that desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. In addition, it is our actions and our desires that cause us to become something, whether...

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Alcohol is the number one addictive drug in our day.

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The consumption of alcohol is increasing among youth. Targeting young audiences, advertisers portray beer and wine as joyful, socially desirable, and harmless. Producers are promoting new types of alcoholic...

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Those who enjoy the blessings of liberty under a divinely inspired constitution should promote morality, and they should practice what the Founding Fathers called civic virtue.

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Citizens ... should be practitioners of civic virtue in their conduct toward government. They should be ever willing to fulfill the duties of citizenship. This includes compulsory duties like military...

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The most powerful teaching of children is by the example of their parents.

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Our lives of service and sacrifice are the most appropriate expressions of our commitment to serve the Master and our fellowmen.

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When we have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we must have trust in him. We must trust him enough that we are content to accept his will, knowing that he knows what is best for us.

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Young people, if you honor your fathers, you will love them, respect them, confide in them, be considerate of them, express appreciation for them, and demonstrate all of these things by following their...

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We should recognize that the Lord will speak to us through the Spirit in His own time and in His own way.

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The word sharing affirms that we have something extraordinarily valuable and desire to give it to others for their benefit and blessing.

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...When a choice will make a real difference in our lives—obvious or not—and when we are living in tune with the Spirit and seeking his guidance, we can be sure we will receive the guidance we need...

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I am unpersuaded that relative poverty and hard work are greater adversities than relative affluence and free time.

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In order to ask with real intent or to act with full purpose of heart, we must always make an accompanying commitment.

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I just didn’t spend enough time with my job.

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When we give thanks in all things, we see hardships and adversities in the context of the purpose of life... We are meant to learn and grow through opposition, through meeting our challenges, and through...

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Well-taught doctrines and principles have a more powerful influence on behavior than rules.

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The intensity of our desire to share the gospel is a great indicator of the extent of our personal conversion.

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Man unquestionably has impressive powers... But after all our obedience and good works, we cannot be saved from the effects of our sins without the grace extended by the atonement of Jesus Christ... Man...

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If we knew that we would meet the Lord tomorrow-through our premature death or through His unexpected coming-what would we do today? What confessions would we make? What practices would we discontinue?...

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When I think of happiness or joy in this life, I begin with some experiences that are simple and basic. I see the expression on the face of a one-year-old taking those first steps. I think of a child loving...

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We should refrain from anything that seems to be a final judgment of any person...the Lord alone has the capacity to judge...And, in all of this we must remember the command to forgive.

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Our Savior gave Himself in unselfish service. He taught that each of us should follow Him by denying ourselves of selfish interests in order to serve others.

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It's wrong to criticize leaders of the church, even if the criticism is true.

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When I was 66, my wife June died of cancer. Two years later--a year and a half ago--I married Kristen McMain, the eternal companion who now stands at my side.

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We gain or strengthen a testimony by bearing it.

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Whoever functions in an office or calling received from one who holds priesthood keys exercises priesthood authority in performing her or his assigned duties.

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The principles stated in the proclamation on the family are a beautiful expression of this gospel culture.

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I testify of our Savior, Jesus Christ, whose teachings and example we seek to follow. He invites all of us who are heavy laden to come unto Him, to learn of Him, to follow Him, and thus to find rest to...

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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.

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And young women, please understand that if you dress immodestly, you are magnifying this problem by becoming pornography to some of the men who see you.

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Adversities are temporary. What is permanent is what we become by the way we react to them.

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Love is the most powerful force in the world.

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I say, choose faith. Choose faith over doubt, choose faith over fear, choose faith over the unknown and the unseen, and choose faith over pessimism.

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A good marriage does not require a perfect man or a perfect woman. It only requires a man and a woman committed to strive together toward perfection.

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We are cast as combatants in the war between truth and error. There is no middle ground. We must stand up for truth, even while we practice tolerance and respect for beliefs and ideas different from our...

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The greatest power God has given to His sons cannot be exercised without the companionship of one of his daughters, because only to his daughters has God given the power to be a creator of bodies so that...

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Let us all improve our personal behavior and redouble our efforts to protect our loved ones and our environment from the onslaught of pornography.

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Don't accommodate any degree of temptation. Prevent sin and avoid having to deal with its inevitable destruction. So, turn it off! Look away! Avoid it at all costs. Direct your thoughts in wholesome paths....

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Priesthood power blesses all of us. Priesthood keys direct women as well as men, and priesthood ordinances and priesthood authority pertain to women as well as men.

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When we undertake to cover our sins, . . . behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man

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If our bodies are sick, we seek to heal them. We do not give up. The same thing should be true of our marriages.

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And so we understand that the atonement of Jesus Christ gives us the opportunity to overcome spiritual death that results from sin, and, through making and keeping sacred covenants, to have the blessings...

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My duty as a member of the Council of the Twelve is to protect what is most unique about the LDS church, namely the authority of priesthood, testimony regarding the restoration of the gospel, and the divine...

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As Elder George F. Richards, President of the Council of the Twelve, said in a conference address in April 1947, 'when we say anything bad about the leaders of the Church, whether true or false, we tend...

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The commandment to honor our parents echoes the sacred spirit of family relationships in which-at their best-we have sublime expressions of heavenly love and care for one another. We sense the importance...

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Simple and more frequent dates allow both men and women to ‘shop around’ in a way that allows extensive evaluation of the prospects. The old-fashioned date was a wonderful way to get acquainted with...

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My single young friends, we counsel you to channel your associations with the opposite sex into dating patterns that have the potential to mature into marriage, not hanging-out patterns that only have...

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Pornographic or erotic stories and pictures are worse than filthy or polluted food. The body has defenses to rid itself of unwholesome food. With a few fatal exceptions, bad food will only make you sick...

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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...

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The most effective missionsries always act out of love

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Our priorities are most visible in how we use our time. Someone has said, “Three things never come back—the spent arrow, the spoken word, and the lost opportunity.” We cannot recycle or save the...

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It is not enough that we are under call or even that we are going in the right direction. The timing must be right.

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All of us should banish hateful communications and practice civility for differences of opinion.

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You can never get enough of what you don't need, because what you don't need won't satisfy you.

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What does it mean to be true to the faith? That word true implies commitment, integrity, endurance, and courage.

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Establish in the mind of a young person the powerful idea that he or she is a child of God, and you have given self-respect and motivation to move against the problems of life.

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Our earliest efforts will be heard with joy by our Heavenly Father, however they are phrased.

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Become what our Heavenly Father desires you to become.

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Forgiving is divine. Plead for the guidance of the Spirit of the Lord to forgive wrongs, to overcome faults, and to strengthen relationships.

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We are all preparing for things to come. That is the purpose of mortal life. ... We are all children of a Heavenly Father who has sent us to earth with the invitation to prepare for eternal life. Every...

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It's amazing how much you can get done if you don't worry about who gets the credit.

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We must change all elements of our behavior that are in conflict with gospel... covenants.

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The purpose of the gospel is to transform common creatures into celestial citizens, and that requires change.

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When we have a vision of what we can become, our desire and our power to act increase enormously.

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When we give thanks in all things, we see hardships and adversities in the context of the purpose of life.

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When we understand our relationship to God, we also understand our relationship to one another.

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if we choose the wrong road, we choose the wrong destination.

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In contrast to the institutions of the world, which teach us to KNOW something, the gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to BECOME something...The gospel of Jesus Christ is the plan by which we can become...

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