Robert D. Hales

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Robert D. Hales
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 2, 1994 (1994-04-02)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
LDS Church Apostle
April 7, 1994 (1994-04-07)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
Reason Death of Marvin J. Ashton
Presiding Bishop
April 6, 1985 (1985-04-06) – April 2, 1994 (1994-04-02)
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
End reason Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
First Quorum of the Seventy
October 1, 1976 (1976-10-01) – April 6, 1985 (1985-04-06)
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
End reason Called as Presiding Bishop
Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 4, 1975 (1975-04-04) – October 1, 1976 (1976-10-01)
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
End reason Position abolished
Military career
1954-1958
Service/branch United States Air Force
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Personal details
Born Robert Dean Hales
(1932-08-24) August 24, 1932 (age 82)
New York City, New York, United States
Alma mater University of Utah (B.S.)
Harvard Business School (MBA)
Spouse Mary Crandall
Children 2
Signature  
Signature of Robert D. Hales

Robert Dean Hales (born August 24, 1932) is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Hales is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer, and revelator. Currently, he is the eighth most senior apostle among the ranks of the church.

Biography[edit]

Hales was born in New York City, New York, and raised in Queens. He is the son of (John) Rulon Hales and his wife, Vera Marie Holbrooke. Rulon Hales was a successful artist. Robert Hales received degrees from the University of Utah and Harvard Business School and was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He married Mary Crandall, whom he met as a college sophomore. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple and are the parents of two sons.

During his professional business career, Hales served in executive positions with four major national companies. After joining the Gillette Co., he became president of Papermate, a division of Gillette. Then he joined Max Factor as a vice president, and later headed the Hughes Television Network. Just prior to his call to be a general authority, he was president of Chesebrough-Pond's.

In 2010, Deseret Book published Hales' book Return.

LDS Church service[edit]

Hales has been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve since April 2, 1994. He was ordained an apostle on April 7, 1994, filling a vacancy created by the death of Marvin J. Ashton. Hales served previously as the church's eleventh presiding bishop from 1985 to 1994, as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy from 1976 to 1985, and as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1975 to 1976.

As a native of New York City, Hales is often the church's point man on dealing with issues in the city. He was involved in some of the early planning that led to the building of the Manhattan New York Temple.

Prior to his appointment as a general authority, Hales was president of the England London Mission in the late 1970s. He served three times as an LDS bishop in Weston, Massachusetts, Chicago, Illinois and Frankfurt, Germany. He served as a branch president in Seville, Spain. He was also a high councilor, counselor in a stake presidency and regional representative.


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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Richard G. Scott
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 7, 1994—
Succeeded by
Jeffrey R. Holland
Preceded by
Victor L. Brown
Presiding Bishop
1985—1994
Succeeded by
Merrill J. Bateman