Thousands of people gathered on Temple Square on Oct. 6 for the funeral of LDS apostle Elder Robert D. Hales, who passed away on Oct. 1 in-between sessions of General Conference.
“I have observed Elder Hales, worked with him, and learned from him,” said Elder Henry B. Erying, first counselor of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “We shared experiences that stretched and strengthened us and some that tested us. I have, in every instance, learned from him and seen him grow in spiritual power.”
Dean Larsen said he met Elder Hales for the first time in Germany in the early 1970’s.
“Having had some association over the years, having felt that positive influence, I just thought this would be a great memory to come and attend the service,” he said.
“Elder Hales was a valiant member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for over 23 years,” said Elder Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “He was tireless in his ministry. In his 42 1/2 years as a General Authority, he has participated in nearly every council and committee in church headquarters. His wisdom, insight, influence has had a profound effect on the rolling forth of the kingdom of god across the globe.”
“Regardless of his health at the time, regardless of his age, no matter his circumstances, he was always in tune with what was going on in the world and with the church members,” funeral attendee Drew Fox said.
“One spiritual gift seems to be his as long as I have known him. It is the gift to be a perfectly loyal friend,” Elder Eyering added.
“With the courage of a jet pilot, the tenacity of a champion athlete, the humility and devotion of a disciple of the Lord, Elder Hales has completed his life’s mission in a most exemplary way,” Elder Nelson said. “He has passed the test of mortality and returned home with highest honors.”
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