Hales' death triggered grief and reactions across Utah and in other Western states with large Mormon populations.Boyd Matheson, president of the Utah conservative think tank the Sutherland Institute, said he saluted Hales decision to walk away from a successful business career to become a model leader for Mormons."His soft replies to harsh voices, his gentle invitations to improve and his steely determination to fulfill his duty stand as a witness to the greatness of the man and leave a pattern for leaders and followers to emulate for generations to come," Matheson said.After watching the first session of General Conference at the request of my parents these videos were a breath of fresh air. I believe that sex is a sacred thing to be enjoyed by a husband and wife alone, and pornography turns it into a game, and causes you to hunger for something that is not good. The church tells them they are horrible because of them.Real, practical, significant insight and help vs mindless brainwashing and emotional programing. My biggest problem with pornography really has little to do with the sexual aspect of it. But that doesn’t mean its not worth, and that doesn’t mean its not true. And it destroys them, UNLESS they can realize that it doesn’t have to be that way.Hales said: "When we choose to have faith we are prepared to stand in the presence of God.After the Savior's crucifixion he appeared only to those who had been faithful in the testimony of him while they lived in mortality.I’m sure there were many more, maybe the whole quorum.
That’s just the ones that had actually talked to him.
His wisdom and goodness have blessed our lives for many years," said Eyring, one of two top counselors to the church president. Hales was born in 1932 and grew up in Long Island in a Mormon family with a father who was an artist.
"We express our love to his sweet wife and caregiver, Mary, and extend our heartfelt condolences to the family."Hales is the fourth top Mormon leader to die in the last three years. Hales would recall a special moment he shared with his father when the two visited a wooded area in upstate New York where church founder Joseph Smith said he saw God and Jesus in what Latter-day Saints call the "first vision." Throughout his life, Hales kept a special painting of the sacred grove in his various offices that his father made for him after that trip.
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Top-ranking Mormon leader Robert D. Sunday in a Salt Lake City hospital surrounded by his wife and family, church spokesman Eric Hawkins said.
Hales, who left a successful career as a businessman to help guide the church, has died from causes related to his age. The New York City native was a fighter pilot in the Air Force and business executive before he was chosen in 1994 as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a high-level governing body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Hales missed this weekend's church conference after he was hospitalized several days ago for treatment of pulmonary disease and other conditions.
As a high school baseball pitcher, he dreamed of playing in Major League Baseball.