Friday, December 7, 2012

The FIRST phone call with Elder Oaks

It was a normal Friday mid-afternoon, and like most Fridays, we were all anxious and ready for the weekend to begin.  Rodney just happen to leave a bit early on that particular Friday as to get an early start on our much needed date night.  Little did he know that when he returned to work on Monday, he would find a message on his voice mail left from the secretary of Dallin H Oaks from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles asking President Ames to please give Elder Oaks a call back.  With the church membership being over 14 million people, what could Dallin H Oaks possible want to talk to Rodney about.

It wasn't until Rodney (immediately) phoned the office of Elder Oaks that he realized Utah was one hour behind, so obviously no one was at the church office to answer the phone.  Rodney then left for court, and recalls, "I had a hard time focusing to say the least, knowing that when I returned to the office, I would be speaking with Elder Oaks."  When he returned from court, the phone call from Elder Oaks came.  Rodney's phone call experience: "Once he answered the phone, I immediately felt at ease and could feel his love.  I felt very comfortable and felt that he was sincere in everything he said and in listening to what I was saying".  
Elder Oaks asked if he could visit with him and and his wife, and they arranged a time and place in where the interview of us would take place by video conference.

Tuesday, December 11th we met with Elder Oaks where he asked us both a series of questions. One of the questions Elder Oaks asked was if we spoke a foreign language??  Rodney informed him that he in fact did speak a little Spanish and Finnish and I informed him (in my southern accent) that I spoke "southern fluently" with my momma and her family being from the south and all, Memphis Tenn. to be exact."  Elder Oaks didn't respond at first but then looked up from writing and said with that great smile you see in his picture above, "You know...I understand exactly what you mean! I was just at a Stake Conference in the South where they spoke southern and I could hardly understand what they were saying"! As my friend Kristine said, "I think you pretty much sealed your fate right then and there"! With the knowledge of course that all mission calls are inspired and prayed over. It was an overall amazing experience to visit with Elder Oaks and both Rodney and I loved how comfortable he made us feel, his sense of humor, love and mostly his genuine, kind demeanor. 

Note to those who are not members of our faith:

Who is Dallin H Oaks?
He is an American Attorney, jurist, author, professor, public speaker and religious leader.  Since 1984, he has been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS church). He is a former professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School, a former president of Brigham Young University and a former justice of the Utah Supreme Court.  Throughout the 1970's and 1980's, Oaks was considered by Republican U.S. presidential administrations as a top prospect for appointment to the United Stated Supreme Court. In 1976, Oaks was listed by U.S attorney general Edward H Levi among potential General Ford Supreme Court Candidates.  In 1981 he was closely considered by the Ronald Reagan administration as a Supreme Court nominee.
 Who are the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles?

Boyd K. PackerL. Tom PerryRussell M. NelsonDallin H. OaksM. Russell BallardRichard G. Scott
Robert D. HalesJeffrey R. HollandDavid A. BednarQuentin L. CookD. Todd ChristoffersonNeil L. Andersen

There were twelve leading disciples or "apostles" chosen by Jesus Christ nearly two millennia ago.  One was a tax collector, and several others were fishermen who plied their trade on the waters of Galilee.  When they were called to serve, they devoted themselves to being witnesses to the world of the one who called them.
Mormon Leaders- Quorum of the Twelve-The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is led by twelve apostles.  The men who hold that same title today come from a variety of fields as well, including law, business, medicine, academia and judiciary.  When they were called to serve, they too put aside their respective professions to serve full-time as witnesses of Christ.  They are but another example of the literal restoration of the Gospel.

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