Oaks and Nelson were both sustained as members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 7, 1984.
Soon after, he was working regularly as an announcer.
Oaks is a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was set apart as the first counselor in the First Presidency on January 14, 2018. As second in seniority, Oaks would be designated President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, but with his call to the First Presidency, M. His father died of tuberculosis when he was only eight years old, and three years later he began working to help his mother. It was this first job that led the young boy to become interested in radios.
Two years later Elder Oaks accepted a calling as second counselor in the Chicago South Stake Presidency.Two years later he faced another serious challenge to his leadership.He opened the second envelope and read: “Reorganize your administration.” He did so, and the reorganization disarmed his critics and gave new impetus to his leadership.Again he found a single sheet of paper, but this time it read, “Prepare three envelopes.” It was time for new leadership. [A] time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; . People who do the right thing at the wrong time can be frustrated and ineffective.The familiar observation that “timing is everything” surely overstates the point, but timing is vital. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; . They can even be confused about whether they made the right choice when what was wrong was not their choice but their timing.Much later the now-seasoned president encountered his third major crisis. [Ecclesiastes 3:1–2, 4–5, 7] In all the important decisions in our lives, what is most important is to do the right thing.Eagerly he opened the last envelope, anticipating the advice that would provide the solution for his troubles. Second, and only slightly behind the first, is to do the right thing at the right time.Elder Oaks graduated with honors and earned the opportunity to serve as a clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren of the Supreme Court.At the completion of this internship, Elder Oaks and his family moved back to Chicago, where he entered into a private law practice.It was while Elder Oaks was announcing a high school basketball game that he met June Dixon.They later married on June 24, 1952, while both were attending college at Brigham Young University.