Dallin H. Oaks
President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency and president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since May 1984.
He is a native of Provo, Utah, and born August 12,1932. He and his late wife, June Dixon Oaks, are the parents of six children. She died 21 July 1998. On 25 August 2000, he married Kristen M. McMain in the Salt Lake Temple.
Elder Oaks is a graduate of Brigham Young University (1954) and of The University of Chicago Law School (1957). He practiced law and taught law in Chicago. He was president of Brigham Young University from 1971 to 1980, and a justice of the Utah Supreme Court from 1980 until his resignation in 1984 to accept his calling to the apostleship.
He has been an officer or member of the board of many business, educational, and charitable organizations. He is the author or co-author of many books and articles on religious and legal subjects. In May, 2013, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty awarded him the Canterbury Medal for “courage in the defense of religious liberty.”
(from Church Newsroom)
David A. Bednar
David A. Bednar was ordained and set apart as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 7, 2004. Prior to his call to the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Bednar served as an Area Seventy, Area Authority Seventy, Regional Representative, twice as a stake president, and as a bishop.
Elder Bednar was born on June 15, 1952, in Oakland, California. He served as a full-time missionary in Southern Germany and then attended Brigham Young University, where he received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. He also received a doctoral degree in organizational behavior from Purdue University.
After completing his education, Elder Bednar was a professor of business management at Texas Tech University and at the University of Arkansas. He then served as the president of Brigham Young University–Idaho (formerly Ricks College) from 1997-2004.
Elder Bednar married Susan Kae Robinson in the Salt Lake Temple on March 20, 1975, and they are the parents of three sons.
Brother Brad Wilcox was sustained as the second counselor in the Young Men General Presidency on April 4, 2020. Brad grew up in Provo, Utah except for childhood years spent in Ethiopia, Africa. He served his mission in Chile and later returned to that country to serve as a mission president. He is a professor at Brigham Young University and has served as a member of the Sunday School General Board. He is the author of the book, The Continuous Atonement, and the BYU devotional, “His Grace is Sufficient.” He and his wife, Debi, have four children and eight grandchildren. Reading, writing, teaching, and traveling are some of his favorite things. He loves Peanut M&M's and pepperoni pizza, but he realizes that doesn't sound too healthy so he is really trying hard to learn to love salads.
Stay in the Lifeboat:
When the Titanic started to sink, people looked toward the lifeboats. Similarly, during the Covid pandemic, many people started realizing that they were missing something in their lives. Some realized that what we have in the Church helps us make it through. We believe in God, value organized religion, and have faith in Jesus Christ. That gives us safety and security for ourselves and also allows us to reach out and help others. Now is not the time to go back to a sinking ship. Now is the time to stay in the lifeboat.
Susan Easton Black is a retired professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. She is also an author of several books related to Joseph Smith and the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.