Robert D. Hales

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Robert D. Hales
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 2, 1994 (1994-04-02)
LDS Church Apostle
April 7, 1994 (1994-04-07)
Reason Death of Marvin J. Ashton
Presiding Bishop
April 6, 1985 (1985-04-06) – April 2, 1994 (1994-04-02)
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)
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)
End reason Position abolished
Military career
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 84)
New York City, New York, United States
Alma mater University of Utah (B.S.)
Harvard Business School (MBA)
Spouse(s) Mary Crandall
Children 2
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 fifth most senior apostle in the church.[1]


Hales was born in New York City and raised in Queens. He is the son of John Rulon Hales, an artist who worked in advertising primarily, and his wife, Vera Marie Holbrook. 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, in the Salt Lake Temple on June 10, 1953.[2] They 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. 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, Hales was president of Chesebrough-Pond's.

In 2010, Deseret Book published Hales's 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.

He served three times as a bishop in Weston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; and Frankfurt, Germany. He served as a branch president both in Weston and in Albany, Georgia, as well as in the branch presidency in Seville, Spain. He was also a stake high councilor, counselor in a stake presidency, and regional representative.


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  1. ^ Apostolic seniority is generally understood to include all 15 ordained apostles (including the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles). Seniority is determined by date of ordination, not by age or other factors. If two apostles are ordained on the same day, the older of the two is typically ordained first. See Succession to the presidency and Heath, Steven H. (Summer 1987). "Notes on Apostolic Succession" (PDF). Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. 20 (2): 44–56. .
  2. ^ "Prophets and Apostles: What Are Prophets?—Robert D. Hales",, retrieved July 26, 2015.


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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
Succeeded by
Merrill J. Bateman