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"Life's Lessons Learned," by Elder Dallin H. Oaks, will be released Oct. 1.

One summarizes five decades of inspired teachings by a prophet of the Lord.

The other offers an intimate look into the life and educational experiences of an apostle.

As the 181st Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints approaches, Deseret Book is releasing two significant books: “Teachings of Thomas S. Monson” and “Life’s Lessons Learned” by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of Twelve.

"Teachings of Thomas S. Monson"

“Teachings of Thomas S. Monson,” compiled by Lynne F. Cannegieter, is intended as a companion to the prophet’s biography, “To The Rescue,” by Heidi S. Swinton.

“Its purpose is to highlight President Monson’s doctrinal teachings on a variety of subjects, focusing on the core of the topic and featuring what he has taught rather than how he has taught it,” reads the preface. “His insights on communication, discipleship, home and family, service, and Jesus Christ, to name just a few of the dozens of topics treated therein, invite us to examine our own lives and move us to reach higher.”

More than 125 topics are addressed in the book with a high-quality cover and heavy paper. In addition to quickly accessing statements on gospel principles, readers will also be treated to a scriptural index so they can learn what President Monson has taught about specific scriptural passages.

President Monson was set apart as the 16th president of the LDS Church in February 2008. He was called to be an apostle in October 1963.

“One of the great blessings of membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the steady leadership of prophets, seers and revelators in an often-chaotic, modern world,” the preface continues. “It is our belief that as we read the prophet’s words, testimonies will grow and we can catch a vision of our Father in Heaven’s eternal purpose that will provide the guidance, stability and hope we need in our lives.”

“Teachings of Thomas S. Monson” will be available at Deseret Book and at LDS book stores on Sept. 30.

"Life's Lessons Learned"

Elder Oaks wrote his new book, “Life’s Lessons Learned,” despite resolving that he would not write another book. But a spiritual prompting changed his mind.

“I felt a strong impression to write this book about lessons learned in my life’s experiences that might be helpful to others," Elder Oaks wrote in the book’s introduction. “I have felt to share personal experiences that illustrate what and how I have learned principles that have shaped my life and teachings, including some things of the heart not previously shared.… This is an autobiography of learning and application rather than a compendium of doctrine.”

Among 38 chapters, one of the most compelling lessons is shared in chapter two, where Elder Oaks writes about his father’s death in 1940. After establishing a thriving medical practice in Twin Falls, Idaho, his father was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Despite faith, prayers and many priesthood blessings, Elder Oaks’ father died. The principle Elder Oaks’ mother gradually learned was summarized in bold letters at the end of the chapter: “Neither faith nor priesthood power can invoke a blessing that is contrary to the will of the Lord.”

Among his many observations, Elder Oaks describes being raised by a widowed mother, losing his wife to cancer, presiding over BYU, sitting on the Utah Supreme Court and getting remarried.

Elder Oaks summarizes each chapter with a principle — the lesson he learned from each experience. His book is organized in three sections, titled: To 1971; Brigham Young University and the Utah Supreme Court, 1971 to 1984; and General Authority, 1984 to Present.

“I have always admired persons who could teach persuasively from an abundance of personal experiences, but this has been so difficult for me that I have rarely been able to do it,” the introduction continues. “Now I feel I must do so. Fortunately, I have the model of other apostles who have written books that teach from many personal experiences.”

“Life's Lessons Learned” will be on the shelves at Deseret Book and other LDS book stores on Sept. 30.

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