LDS Leader Dallin Oaks Visits SUU

Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited Southern Utah University on Nov. 12 to speak to SUU students.  

Prior to his service in the LDS church, Oaks was president of Brigham Young University from 1971-1980 and a justice of the Utah Supreme Court from 1980 until his resignation in 1984 to accept his calling to the apostleship.

He was sustained and set apart as a member of the First Presidency of the LDS church on Jan. 14, 2018. He was set apart as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 7, 1984.

“We are really grateful to have a member of the first presidency with the young adults of Cedar City,” Naomi Batty, President of the LDS Student Association at the Cedar City Institute of Religion, said. “We were exceptionally grateful to have leaders from different religious clubs and organizations on campus in attendance.”

President Oaks was accompanied by his wife, Kristen Meredith McMain Oaks, who also spoke at the devotional.

More than three thousand five hundred young adults filled the American First Event Center to listen to the speakers.

During his talk, President Oaks advised students to love all of God’s children.

“It was a really special and unique experience,” Aspen Lambert, a freshman pre-nursing student from Spanish Fork, said. “I’m really grateful for this opportunity and it helped me see how much my church leaders do care.”

Story by: Easton Bowring
Photo by: LDS Living