Life's Lessons Learned

by Dallin H. Oaks

Life's Lessons Learned
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“I have learned things that have shaped my life and teachings, including some things of the heart not previously shared,” writes Elder Dallin H. Oaks in the introduction to this unique book. “This is an autobiography of learning and application rather than a compendium of doctrine.”

Masterfully blending personal experiences with the doctrines of the gospel, Elder Oaks invites us to join him on a journey through some of the turning points in his life and the lessons he has learned through a lifetime of devotion to the Savior.

The short but potent chapters offer perceptive observations into such diverse topics as the purpose of adversity, the importance of respecting those with whom we disagree personally or politically, the merits and limitations of law, the blessings of tithing, the seeming conflict between science and religion, the Lord's use of imperfect people to further His work, and the power of the Atonement to recover those who have fallen behind.

Elder Oaks also relates the very personal lessons he learned from the death of his wife, June, and from his subsequent marriage to Kristen McMain.

Woven throughout the book is Elder Oak's powerful testimony of the Savior and His mission. Life's Lessons Learned is a rare glimpse into the experiences of the heart that have shaped the life of an Apostle of God.

    Contents
    Acknowledgments
  1. Introduction

  2. PART 1. TO 1971
  3. "Not My Will, but Thine, Be Done"
  4. Recovering
  5. Temple Teachings
  6. The Influence of Family Histories
  7. Honor the Sabbath Day
  8. Humility
  9. The Challenge of Indifference
  10. Separating Respect, Affection, and Policy
  11. The Law Is a Blunt Instrument
  12. Turning Points in Life
  13. Worldly Wisdom Yields to Revelation
  14. Preparing for Things to Come

  15. PART II: BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY AND THE UTAH SUPREME COURT, 1971 TO 1984
  16. Science and Religion
  17. What Do You Want to Be Remembered For?
  18. Assigning Reasons to Revelation
  19. Adversity
  20. Feelings
  21. Goal Setting
  22. Personal Revelation
  23. Leadership

  24. PART III: GENERAL AUTHORITY, 1984 TO PRESENT
  25. Learned from Legal Training
  26. Transition to the Apostleship
  27. Unselfish Service
  28. The Meaning of "Real Intent"
  29. Refusing Requests
  30. Recognizing Revelation
  31. Labeling and Timing
  32. Tithing Blessings
  33. Sins and Mistakes
  34. Looking info the Future
  35. Principles versus Preferences
  36. Caution in Sharing Spiritual Experiences
  37. Death of a Spouse
  38. Second Marriage
  39. Shaking Hands at Stake Conferences
  40. Good Fruits from Unlikely Sources
  41. Testimony of Jesus Christ
  42. Index

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Nuggets of wisdom from a lifetime of service
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book was inspiring and packed with insights that have left me thinking about them for days. Elder Oaks does not shy away from tough topics like remarrying and the sensitive family relationships that may be strained during such a time. He also tackles Priesthood blessing promises that may not come to pass. Loved LOVED this book. The short chapters make it a pleasure to read a bit at a time while I'm busy with kids. Thank you Elder Oaks.

Interesting points, but falls short
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I was hoping that this book would give us a good look into the life of someone who I hold in very high regard. Bro. Oaks has led an outstanding and interesting life, and I had hoped to get a glimpse into his humanity and struggles, as well as his accomplishments. Save your money on this one.

An Opportunity to Learn from the Life Experience of One of the Lord's Servants
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Reading this I felt I was sitting at the feet of one of the Lord's annointed learning from his life and wisdom. The chapter on not labeling ourselves or others was particularly useful because in an inspired piece of timing I had just finished reading this chapter when a friend called to confess that he's been overtaken by an addictive behavior. As I learned from Elder Oaks in this part of the book I urged him to not allow the behavior to define who he is and that it is only a temporary detour from which he can find his way back. He found hope in this for which I credit Elder Oaks for sharing this redemptive principle. Packed with many such pieces of practical wisdom for day to day living, this book is an extremely valuable tool. The chapters on the passing of Elder Oaks's first wife, and his final act of service to her, and the process by which he came to remarry are particularly moving.

About the Author

Dallin H. Oaks

Elder Dallin H. Oaks was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve in April 1984. He graduated from Brigham Young University and holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Chicago. Prior to his call as an apostle, he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court and as a professor of law at the University of Chicago, as president of BYU and as a Utah Supreme Court justice. He is the author of several books, including Pure in Heart, The Lord's Way, and His Holy Name.

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