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President Dallin H. Oaks: ‘Helping the Poor and Distressed’

‘The Church of Jesus Christ is committed to serving those in need, and it is also committed to cooperating with others in that effort’

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President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, speaks during the Saturday morning session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 1, 2022.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


President Dallin H. Oaks: ‘Helping the Poor and Distressed’

‘The Church of Jesus Christ is committed to serving those in need, and it is also committed to cooperating with others in that effort’

merlin_2942543.jpg

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, speaks during the Saturday morning session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 1, 2022.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, spoke during the Saturday morning session of October 2022 general conference. He spoke of helping the poor and distressed — not just what the Church is doing but what is being done worldwide. The following is a summary of what he said.

President Oaks’ conference talk summary

Giving to those in need — the poor and distressed — is a principle in all Abrahamic religions, and in others as well.

Recently, the Church of Jesus Christ reported for the first time the extent of its humanitarian work worldwide; 2021 expenditures for those in need in 188 countries totaled $906 million, with members also volunteering over 6 million hours of labor. This is beyond what Latter-day Saints do in callings, in member-to-member service and individually with innumerable charitable organizations.

“The Church of Jesus Christ is committed to serving those in need, and it is also committed to cooperating with others in that effort.”

With partners worldwide, the Church shares the common goal of relieving suffering. “All of this is part of God’s work for His children.”

Jesus Christ is “the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9). “By this, all the children of God are enlightened to serve Him and one another to the best of their knowledge and ability.”  

God inspires many organizations and individuals to do much good, and more Church members should recognize and support the good done by others.

“I testify of Jesus Christ, whose light and Spirit guides all the children of God in helping the poor and distressed throughout the world.”

Notable quotes from President Oaks’ conference talk

The Church of Jesus Christ is committed to serving those in need, and it is also committed to cooperating with others in that effort.

God inspires many organizations and individuals to do much good. … More of us should be recognizing the good done by others and supporting it as we have the time and means to do so.

I testify of Jesus Christ, whose light and Spirit guides all of the children of God in helping the poor and distressed throughout the world

Who is President Oaks?

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • President Dallin H. Oaks was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1984 and as the first counselor in the First Presidency in January 2018. This year, he became the 19th latter-day Apostle to reach the age of 90.
  • President Oaks was a law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren at the U.S. Supreme Court and served as a Utah Supreme Court justice until his call to apostleship in 1984. 
  • As president of Brigham Young University from 1971 to 1980, he oversaw the creation of the J. Reuben Clark Law School and the graduate business school.
  • President Oaks and his late wife, Sister June Dixon Oaks, are the parents of six children. She died July 21, 1998. On Aug. 25, 2000, he married Sister Kristen M. McMain in the Salt Lake Temple.

What has President Oaks done recently?

Read more of President Oaks’ general conference addresses, or follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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