Elder Robert D. Hales


Name: Robert Dean Hales

Current Calling: Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Birth Date: August 24, 1932

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Called as an Apostle: April 2, 1994

Original Occupation: Business Executive

Bio: Elder Hales is a graduate of the University of Utah and holds a master of business administration degree from Harvard. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a jet fighter pilot.

During his professional business career, Elder Hales served in executive positions with four major national companies. After joining the Gillette Co., he became president of Papermate. 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, Elder Hales was president of Chesebrough-Pond’s.

Elder Hales presided over the England London Mission as president in the late 1970s.

Prior to his call to full-time Church service, Elder Hales had a distinguished business career, serving in executive positions with three major national companies.

He and his wife Mary Crandall have two sons.

Highlight from April 2017 Conference: “Being temperate in this way, we develop patience and trust in the Lord. We are able to rely on His design for our lives, even though we cannot see it with our own natural eyes. Therefore, we can ‘be still and know that [He is] God.’ When faced with the storms of tribulation, we ask, ‘What wouldst Thou have me learn from this experience?’ With His plan and purposes in our hearts, we move forward not only enduring all things but also enduring them patiently and well.”

(Becoming a Disciple of Our Lord Jesus Christ, April 2017)

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