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I Met One of My Hero's Today

dallin-h-oaks-10Today I met one of my hero's.  My family arrived at church about 20 minutes early.  As my wife and children went in the chapel to find our seats, I took all of our coats back to the coat rack at the back of the building.  While there I was joined by a man who I have incredible respect for, who I seek to emulate in my life, and who is one of my Hero's.  His name is Dallin H. Oaks.  For those of you who don't know.  Elder Oaks is an Apostle for Jesus Christ.  Just as when Jesus Christ walked the earth roughly 2000 years ago, he called 12 Apostles to lead his church, the Church of Jesus Christ today also has 12 Apostles on the earth.

Ok, back to my experience.  As soon as I saw him, I recognized him and greeted him, and extended my hand.  We talked briefly, and he mentioned that he was going to be visiting our ward today.  The visit was also a welcome surprise for our Bishop.  He attended all three hours of our meetings, even participating for 10 or 15 minutes with my Elders Quorum. 

He did not come to make any big announcements, or provide any lengthy training or teaching, but his visit today has had a very big impact on me.  I know that he is just a man, but I also know, that he truly is an Apostle of Jesus Christ, and someone who's example of service I want to follow.

Here is a page with a brief bio about Dallin H. Oaks, and here is a video of a talk he gave about Desire last April that I really like.