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Elder Dallin H. Oaks was born in Provo, Utah, on Aug. 12, 1932. On Friday, he celebrates his 84th birthday.

Elder Oaks was born the oldest of three children to Dr. Lloyd E. Oaks and his wife, Stella H. Oaks.

Elder Oaks married June Dixon in 1952 and together they had six children prior to June's passing in 1998.

An attorney by profession, Elder Oaks is widely respected in the legal community, having worked in a number of different capacities within the field. He also served as president of Brigham Young University for nine years.

Elder Oaks was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in May 1984. In 2000, Elder Oaks married Kristen McMain in the Salt Lake Temple.

In his autobiography, published by Deseret Book in 2011 and titled "Life's Lessons Learned," Elder Oaks shared life experiences that shaped him and the lessons learned from those life experiences.

“I have learned things that have shaped my life and teachings, including some things of the heart not previously shared,” Elder Oaks wrote in the book's introduction.

This list is a compilation of information from his book as well as biographical articles written about Elder Oaks and talks he has given.

Question #1
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How old was young Dallin when tuberculosis took the life of his father, Lloyd?

a. 7
b. 5
c. 10
d. 12

Answer
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b. 8

On June 10, 1940, 10 years after graduating from medical school, Dr. Lloyd Oaks passed away of tuberculosis contracted from a patient.

In his autobiography, Elder Oaks shared that, in the wake of his father's passing, his mother was left "struggling with a question that has troubled many faithful Latter-day Saints."

"When he died, she and others struggled to reconcile his death with their faith and the numerous priesthood-declared promises of healing," Elder Oaks wrote.

However, Elder Oaks' family found comfort in the words of President J.W. Richins of the Twin Falls Stake, who spoke at the funeral of the Savior's submitting his will to the will of his father.

"His prayer was not answered because it was not the will of the Lord," Richins said. "And so our prayers have not been answered as we have asked ... for (Lloyd's) recovery, but we have always said 'thy will be done.'"

Question #2
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How many years did Elder Oaks' mother, Stella, remain a widow following the death of her husband?

a. 13
b. 28
c. 39
d. 45

Answer
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c. 39 years

Elder Oaks has often paid tribute to his mother, Stella Harris Oaks.

“I was blessed with an extraordinary mother,” Elder Oaks recalled in a biography on LDS.org. “She surely was one of the many noble women who have lived in the latter days.”

Stella Oaks never remarried following the passing of her husband and raised their three children on her own.

"With their mother's help and encouragement, all three obtained all the education they desired (Dallin became a prominent lawyer and educator, Merrill became a respected medical doctor in his father's speciality of ophthalmology, and Evelyn also graduated from BYU and did graduate work in her field of Family Relations and Recreation Therapy)," an archive in her honor at Brigham Young University said. "All three served their Church with distinction (Dallin as BYU president and apostle; Merrill and Evelyn on full-time missions; Merrill as bishop, stake president, mission president, and a member of the 2nd Quorum of Seventy), and all three raised good families of whom Stella was justly proud."

At her funeral, President Ezra Taft Benson, then president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said, "You know, there are four fields of activity in which a person should succeed if they are going to be successful. And it seems to me that Sister Stella Harris Oaks filled all four with distinction. I mention home and family; second, Church; third, in her profession — she was a great teacher and she loved to teach, and apparently she inspired that love in her family; and then, in her citizenship responsibility. She has excelled in all four. She is, I think to the highest degree, a successful woman. I rejoice in what has been said here today. This has been a choice service. . . . I had an unusual thought; I thought 'this meeting has everything except the Sacrament.' But I'm sure we have renewed our covenants here today in this service in a manner that will make all of us better men and women, more determined to profit from the example of this noble woman. . . . I'll leave here today a better man because of the review which has been made of this noble daughter of our Heavenly Father."

Question #3
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What is Elder Oaks' motto?

a. "Work first, play later"
b. "Put your shoulder to the wheel"
c. "Do it now"
d. "Choose the harder right"

Answer
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a. "Work first, play later"

Elder Oaks' motto in life is "Work first, play later."

"His family, though, says they are tempted to change it to: 'Work first, play never.' Elder Oaks is good natured about it," a biography on LDS.org said. "He says what it means is that he rarely does something only to have fun, but rather that 'I just have fun at (whatever) I do.'"

Question #4
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Who made a tremendous impact on Elder Oaks' life as a young boy?

a. His basketball coach
b. His football coach
c. His school bus driver
d. His school teacher

Answer
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d. His school teacher

Prior to his family's moving to Vernal, Utah, in August 1942, Elder Oaks struggled in school and remembers being bullied and called "stupid."

In Vernal he was "blessed with a great fifth-grade teacher, Miss Pearl Schaefer, who was mature and loving. Through a wise combination of confidence and challenge, she put me back on the path of learning and gave me many happy memories," according to his autobiography.

Elder Oaks would go on to graduate from Brigham Young University with a degree in accounting. Following his education at BYU, he earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. He also served as president of Brigham Young University from 1971-1980.

Question #5
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Which commandment did Elder Oaks learn the importance of in law school?

a. The law of tithing
b. The law of the fast
c. Keep the Sabbath Day holy

Answer
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c. Keeping the Sabbath Day holy

In his book "Life's Lessons Learned," Elder Oaks shares that when he left for law school his mother reminded him that his father never studied on Sunday during his time in medical school.

"He felt that he could do more in six days with the help of the Lord than he could do in seven days without it," Elder Oaks wrote. "He believed that by refraining from studying on the Sabbath — even in the difficult challenges of medical school — he would receive the blessings of the Lord."

Elder Oaks decided to follow his father's example and was "blessed for it."

Question #6
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What was Elder Oaks' first job?

a. Shining shoes
b. Cleaning stables
c. Mowing lawns
d. Sweeping out a radio repair shop

Answer
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d. Sweeping out a radio repair shop

"His first job was sweeping out a radio repair shop," a biography on LDS.org said. "He had to learn to test the tubes he found on the floor, to find out if some were still good, and that led to an interest in radio. He threw himself into study with characteristic intensity. Before he was 16, he had obtained a first-class radiotelephone operator's license, which allowed him to operate a commercial radio station’s transmitter, and he found a job in radio. Station managers liked to hire a 'combination man' — a transmitter engineer who could double as an announcer — 'but my voice hadn’t changed,' he recalls, laughing. Before long, however, that change took care of itself, and he was working regularly as an announcer and an engineer.

"It was while he was announcing high school basketball games as a college freshman that he met his first wife, June Dixon."

Question #7
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During the nine years that Elder Oaks served as president of Brigham Young University, his wife June served as the university's first lady. Which former president did she host?

a. Ronald Reagan
b. Richard Nixon
c. Gerald Ford
d. Jimmy Carter

Answer
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c. Gerald Ford

In June Oaks' obituary following her passing in 1998, the following was reported in the Deseret News:

"Mrs. Oaks was first lady of BYU during her husband's nine-year tenure as president of the church-owned school from 1971 to 1980. At the school, she hosted numerous dignitaries, including President Gerald Ford and Supreme Court justices.

"She has served as a ward Young Women president, Relief Society president and a Primary president. She has taught in all the auxiliaries of the church.

"Mrs. Oaks graduated with a bachelor's degree from BYU in 1965, 14 years after she first enrolled. In a Church News interview published in March 1986, Elder Oaks paid tribute to his wife:

"'My academic achievement and career successes have been based on the fact I married someone I loved, who helped me focus my energies. I had a B average when I met June; after we married, I had an A average. We were quite poor when I was in college; we had two children by the time I finished BYU, and three children by the time I graduated from law school. She never complained and she made every sacrifice possible for every professional, church and family goal we pursued.'"

Question #8
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Which branch of the military did Elder Oaks serve in?

a. Army National Guard
b. Air Force
c. Navy
d. Marines

Answer
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a. National Guard

In a talk titled "Timing," Elder Oaks explained that his service in the National Guard Army Artillery during the Korean War prevented him from serving a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"When I was a young man I thought I would serve a mission," Elder Oaks said. "I graduated from high school in June 1950. Thousands of miles away, one week after that high school graduation, a North Korean army crossed the 38th parallel, and our country was at war. I was 17 years old, but as a member of the Utah National Guard I was soon under orders to prepare for mobilization and active service. Suddenly, for me and for many other young men of my generation, the full-time mission we had planned or assumed was not to be."

Question #9
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Who was Elder Oaks named after?

a. A BYU professor
b. A famous author
c. A local church leader
d. A famous artist

Answer
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d. A famous Utah artist named Cyrus E. Dallin

Elder Oaks' parents named him after a Utah artist named Cyrus E. Dallin. Stella Oaks was present as he unveiled his statue of a pioneer mother in the Springville City Park on July 25, 1932, and 18 days later she gave birth to Elder Oaks.

Cyrus E. Dallin's name may be recognizable to some LDS Church members as the sculptor who sculpted the Angel Moroni for the Salt Lake Temple, the first Angel Moroni to appear on an LDS temple. In fact, although Dallin was not a member of the LDS Church, it was he who originally suggested Moroni be the statue atop the temple.

"LDS Church President Wilford Woodruff had asked Dallin to create something for the central spire of the Salt Lake Temple, so Dallin searched through LDS scripture for inspiration," a Deseret News article about the Angel Moroni stated. "It was Dallin who decided to sculpt Moroni because he believed Moroni was a good representation of the gospel."

Elder Oaks dedicated the Springville sculpture garden and spoke of Dallin in 2009.

Question #10
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In which capacity did Elder Oaks NOT serve prior to his call as an apostle in 1984?

a. A law clerk to a chief justice in the United States Supreme Court
b. A prosecutor in Illinois
c. A member of the Utah Senate
d. A justice of the Utah Supreme Court

Answer
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c. A member of the Utah Senate

Following his graduation from the University of Chicago Law School, Elder Oaks had the opportunity to work as clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court from 1957-58. He later worked as a professor at the University of Chicago but during the summer worked as a prosecutor in Illinois. Later in his career, he was appointed as a justice of the Utah Supreme Court where he served until his call as an apostle in April 1984.

Since his call as an apostle, Elder Oaks has frequently been called upon to represent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and utilize the skills cultivated over the course of his career.

Elder Oaks has testified before U.S. Senate committees, has spoken at the Sacramento Court/Clergy Conference and recently addressed students and faculty at the University of Oxford.

The following are two examples of instances when Elder Oaks represented the LDS Church in government settings.

Elder Oaks Testifies before U.S. Congressional Subcommittee

Elder Oaks testifies before Senate committee, defends charitable deductions

Question #11
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Elder Oaks' second wife, Kristen McMain Oaks, has frequently addressed which demographic within the church?

a. Young women
b. Young Single Adults
c. Young mothers
d. Widows

Answer
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b. Young Single Adults

Kristen McMain Oaks remained single until the age of 53 when she married Elder Dallin H. Oaks, who was already an apostle, following the death of his first wife, June Dixon Oaks.

Elder Oaks and Sister Kristen Oaks were married on Aug. 25, 2000. Prior to their marriage, Sister Oaks obtained a doctorate degree from Brigham Young University in addition to her bachelor's and master's degrees. She also served a full-time mission in the Japan Sendai Mission.

"Because I married at 53, I sometimes consider myself the poster child for single adults," Sister Oaks said in a talk titled "To the Singles of the Church," in 2011. "I was a participant in the young single adult program, the single adult program and the older single adult program. You are especially precious to me because I have walked some of the paths you walk, faced some of the concerns you face, and I have enormous empathy and respect for you."