Robert D. Hales

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Robert D. Hales
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 2, 1994 (1994-04-02)
Called byEzra Taft Benson
LDS Church Apostle
April 7, 1994 (1994-04-07)
Called byEzra Taft Benson
ReasonDeath of Marvin J. Ashton
Presiding Bishop
April 6, 1985 (1985-04-06) – April 2, 1994 (1994-04-02)
Called bySpencer W. Kimball
End reasonCalled 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 bySpencer W. Kimball
End reasonCalled as Presiding Bishop
Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 4, 1975 (1975-04-04) – October 1, 1976 (1976-10-01)
Called bySpencer W. Kimball
End reasonPosition abolished
Military career
1954-1958
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
RankUS-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Personal details
BornRobert Dean Hales
(1932-08-24) August 24, 1932 (age 81)
New York City, New York, United States
Alma materUniversity of Utah (B.S.)
Harvard Business School (MBA)
SpouseMary Crandall
Children2
 
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Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 2, 1994 (1994-04-02)
Called byEzra Taft Benson
LDS Church Apostle
April 7, 1994 (1994-04-07)
Called byEzra Taft Benson
ReasonDeath of Marvin J. Ashton
Presiding Bishop
April 6, 1985 (1985-04-06) – April 2, 1994 (1994-04-02)
Called bySpencer W. Kimball
End reasonCalled 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 bySpencer W. Kimball
End reasonCalled as Presiding Bishop
Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 4, 1975 (1975-04-04) – October 1, 1976 (1976-10-01)
Called bySpencer W. Kimball
End reasonPosition abolished
Military career
1954-1958
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
RankUS-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Personal details
BornRobert Dean Hales
(1932-08-24) August 24, 1932 (age 81)
New York City, New York, United States
Alma materUniversity of Utah (B.S.)
Harvard Business School (MBA)
SpouseMary Crandall
Children2

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.

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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 eleventh presiding bishop of the LDS Church 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.

Biography[edit]

Hales was born in New York City, New York, and raised in Queens. He was 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 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.

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