Life's Lessons Learned
“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.
- "Not My Will, but Thine, Be Done"
- Temple Teachings
- The Influence of Family Histories
- Honor the Sabbath Day
- The Challenge of Indifference
- Separating Respect, Affection, and Policy
- The Law Is a Blunt Instrument
- Turning Points in Life
- Worldly Wisdom Yields to Revelation
- Preparing for Things to Come
- Science and Religion
- What Do You Want to Be Remembered For?
- Assigning Reasons to Revelation
- Goal Setting
- Personal Revelation
- Learned from Legal Training
- Transition to the Apostleship
- Unselfish Service
- The Meaning of "Real Intent"
- Refusing Requests
- Recognizing Revelation
- Labeling and Timing
- Tithing Blessings
- Sins and Mistakes
- Looking info the Future
- Principles versus Preferences
- Caution in Sharing Spiritual Experiences
- Death of a Spouse
- Second Marriage
- Shaking Hands at Stake Conferences
- Good Fruits from Unlikely Sources
- Testimony of Jesus Christ Index
PART 1. TO 1971
PART II: BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY AND THE UTAH SUPREME COURT, 1971 TO 1984
PART III: GENERAL AUTHORITY, 1984 TO PRESENT
By Marianne Petersen, Submitted on 2017-02-24
This year I decided that I would try to read more - something I enjoy doing. I checked this out at our local library as an e-book. I have read it twice and enjoyed it so much that I went and purchased a copy. It is a wonderful book to give peace and comfort in different circumstances of life. I opened it up one night, after my husband and I had just made a life changing decision, and found a confirmation to that decision in the chapter regarding timing. What a great experience it has been reading this book! Thank you! I will treasure this book.
By Carol, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I have this book near to my current reading materials. I am reading it for the second time. He has put his thoughts and words into easily understood, minimal sections, making this book a quick but powerful read.
By Cameron, Submitted on 2015-02-25
If you have to prepare spiritual thoughts for a meeting, this is a great resource. Little nuggets of wisdom in 2-3 pages from Elder Oaks!
By Shirlene, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book brought insight into the adversities that Elder Oakes dealt with at an early age. His lessons learned give hope to all who have adversities. The short chapters draw you through the book and give you much to consider as you compare your own adversities with those of this apostle.
By Toni, Submitted on 2015-02-25
The short chapters contained in this book are powerful. I didn't expect such pointed and delightfully emotionally healthy teachings and examples that are shown-how to view others treating them with respect without being lost in their currently incorrect views-to love others and to work hard. I love these values. To serve when it is not easy and to devote one's loyalty to family. Wonderful examples and inspiring reasoning. I wish I could have all my leaders read it!
By Mike, 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.
By Steve, 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.
By Melissa, 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.