Dallin H. Oaks

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There have always been challenging times. The generations of your predecessors have survived serious challenges, as will you. The answer to these challenges is the same as it has always been. We have a Savior. He taught, “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Church attendance gives us the strength and enhancement of faith that comes from associating with other believers and worshipping together with those who are also striving to stay on the covenant path and be better disciples of Christ.
Attendance and activity in a church—including synagogues, mosques, or other religious organizations—helps us become better people and better influences in the lives of others. In church we are taught how to apply religious principles. We learn from one another. #GeneralConference
Love of God has power—power to understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ, power to understand the plan of salvation, and power to explain God’s commandments.
When you get an impression, act upon it, however unusual it seems or however inadequate you feel in following it. Act upon it. There’s a reason. You may not know the reason, but blessings will follow to you and to someone else if you hear Him. #HearHim youtube.com/watch?v=s6zUAK…
Our belief in divine inspiration gives Latter-day Saints a unique responsibility to uphold and defend the United States Constitution and principles of constitutionalism wherever we live. We should trust in the Lord and have faith in and be positive about this nation’s future.
This #Easter weekend, it is timely to speak of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Resurrection from the dead is the reassuring personal pillar of our faith. It adds meaning to our doctrine, motivation to our behavior, and hope for our future. #GeneralConference
The gift that Christ gives is the greatest gift ever given, and it is for everyone who has ever lived: His infinite Atonement. I pray that we will all emulate the life of Jesus Christ and celebrate His mission at this Christmastime.
This picture from the "Christ Child" video reminds us of our own family reenactments of the Nativity by Zoom, where the little ones show their love for baby Jesus. Here is an example. Joy to the world! #LightTheWorld
We have so much for which to give thanks. First and foremost, I am thankful for our Savior Jesus Christ. He gave up His life, and He conquered death and rose from the grave that we all will live again. He is the Light and Life of the World. #GiveThanks
We become Christlike when we have achieved what the Apostle Paul called “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). Then we will look at others and love them and act toward them as Christ would do and as He desires us to do. With God’s help we can do this.
Only the gospel of Jesus Christ can unite and bring peace to people of all races and nationalities. We who believe in that gospel—whatever our origins—must unite in love of each other and of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Lord has special love and concern for His precious daughters. He knows of your wants, your needs, and your fears. The Lord is all powerful. Trust Him. In the midst of hardships the divine assurance is always “be of good cheer, for I will lead you along” (D&C 78:18).
The Savior’s teaching to love our enemies is based on the reality that all mortals are beloved children of God. Knowing that we are all children of God gives us a divine vision of the worth of others and the will and ability to rise above prejudice and racism. #GeneralConference
During this COVID-19 pandemic, the way forward is clear: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5–6).
Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten and Beloved Son of God. He is our Creator. He is the Light of the World. He is our Savior from sin and death. This is the most important knowledge on earth, and you can know this for yourself, as I know it for myself.
Because we believe that scripture reading can help us receive revelation, we are encouraged to read the scriptures again and again. By this means, we obtain access to what our Heavenly Father would have us know and do in our personal lives today. #HearHim
I testify of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. His resurrection redeems all from death, and His atoning sacrifice pays the price necessary for all to be cleansed from sin on the conditions prescribed to promote our growth. #GeneralConference
If we desire this and have our eye single to receive, the Savior promises that the truths of eternity “shall be opened” unto us (3 Nephi 14:7–8).
Today at #GeneralConference, we were taught great principles of eternity. We should follow the Savior’s invitation to seek and ask to understand the truths of eternity. He promises that our Father in Heaven is willing to teach everyone the truths they seek (see 3 Nephi 14:8).
I testify that just as Joseph Smith received revelation in his day, prophets and apostles also receive revelation today. #HearHim
Joseph Smith declared, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded upon direct revelation, as the true Church of God has ever been” (Source: churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/t…).
As we go forward with our lives, we will certainly have many questions. In my persistent, prayerful pondering, I have never found a better, shorter answer to our many questions than a thorough knowledge and total faith in the love of our Heavenly Father and His plan of salvation.
At this Christmas season, the whole Christian world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the “Prince of peace.” Peace is our Savior’s promise, and peace is our goal. I pray that eternal truth will permeate all we do at this Christmas season.
I testify that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is the light and life of the world. He is the source of our assurance of a glorious resurrection and our hope for eternal life. He is the head of this Church.
Our first way to help ourselves and our first step to help others is to increase faith in God the Eternal Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. Faith is the foundation for all that we do.
I was grateful to speak today at the Utah Philanthropy Day luncheon and join my voice with existing efforts to encourage a spirit of giving in our communities and personal efforts. To all who work in support of private philanthropy, I salute you.
For all questions about the spirit world, I suggest two answers. First, remember that God loves His children and will surely do what is best for each of us. Second, remember this familiar Bible teaching, which has been most helpful to me on a multitude of unanswered questions.
We cannot change the evil influences that inevitably press upon us and our families, but we can increase our power to deal with them. We must try to carve out our own islands of confidence and serenity. In short, we should push back against the world.
You are sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves you, who shares your concerns, who listens to your prayers, and who honors your service.
Repentance begins with our Savior, and it is a joy, not a burden. #GeneralConference
Our present and our future will be happier if we are always conscious of the future. As we make current decisions, we should always be asking, “Where will this lead?” #GeneralConference
As modern-day Apostles, we testify of Jesus Christ, the Lord God of Israel, the Light and Life of the World. He is the Savior, whose atoning sacrifice opens the door for us to be cleansed of our personal sins so that we can be readmitted to the presence of God. twitter.com/NelsonRussellM…
As we prepare for His Second Coming, and as we stand in holy places, we persist in observing Christmas not just as a season of “Greetings” or “Happy Holidays” but as a celebration of the birth of the Son of God.
I know that all of us are the children of God. We are born on this earth for a purpose. The gospel of Jesus Christ explains that purpose.
All men and women on the earth are the offspring of God—spirit brothers and sisters. What a powerful idea! No wonder God’s Only Begotten Son commanded us to love one another.
Be kind to one another. Jesus taught us to love one another and to treat others as we want to be treated. As we strive to be kind, we draw closer to Him and His loving influence. #GeneralConference
A loving God reaches out to each of us. We know that through His love and because of the Atonement of His Only Begotten Son, all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of His gospel. #GeneralConference
I am a 65-year student of the life of Joseph Smith. In all of my reading and original research, I have never been dissuaded from my testimony of his prophetic calling and of the gospel and priesthood restoration the Lord initiated through him.
President Russell M. Nelson’s Sunday, June 3, talk, “Hope of Israel,” is extremely significant. I urge all of our youth and young adults to follow it faithfully.
Tonight I was privileged to speak at the anniversary celebration of the 1978 revelation on the priesthood. I still remember the thrill I experienced as I learned that all worthy males were at last able to receive the priesthood. I wept for joy.
We are taught many small and simple things in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We need to be reminded that in total and over a significant period of time, these seemingly small things bring to pass great things.
Through our Savior’s atoning suffering and sacrifice and resurrection, all men and women have the assurance of immortality and the opportunity for eternal life.
Always remember the Atonement of Jesus Christ, which assures you of forgiveness of sin and which offers you the opportunity to get strength to confront every mortal temptation, weakness, or inclination.
Yesterday Sister Oaks and I spoke at #RootsTech about ideas we have used to teach our family members about their ancestors. I invite you to watch and consider what you and your families can do to strengthen family relationships. bit.ly/2FeIaXC
I have had a lifelong interest in discovering my ancestors and writing about them. Please join my wife, Kristen, and me at #RootsTech this Saturday at 1 p.m. as we share ideas for teaching your family about their ancestors.
I testify that repentance is possible and forgiveness is certain. When we are forgiven, the Lord remembers our sins no more. We shouldn't dwell on them either.
With all my heart I pledge my loyalty and support to President Nelson as we go forward as servants of the Lord Jesus Christ and, under His direction, to serve in the leadership of His Church.
When we give thanks in all things, we see hardships and adversities in the context of the purpose of life.
At the upcoming #LDSFace2Face, @BallardMRussell and I will be pleased to try to help you young adults find answers to your questions. Please join us on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. MST. bit.ly/2jwy9uE
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