2017-10-02 00:23:23 UTC
Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,born August 24th 1932,died
today,October 1st,2017,it was announced today at the Church's
Semiannual General Conference.It had been announced on Thursday that
he would not attend.
In April 1994 he joined the Quorum as its youngest member,and in
April 1975 he had become an Assistant to the Twelve as the church's
youngest General Authority of any rank...at the 1994 Conference he
mentioned in his first address as an Apostle that in 1975 LeGrand Richards
(1886-1983) had said to him "oh,to be a boy again,with my whole life ahead
of me!",and said that on that day in 1994 he was "a boy again",with
apostles who had served half his life among his new colleagues.
Church President Thomas S. Monson(born 1927),who is the only sitting
apostle to have served for most of the time Hales has been alive,did
Catholic Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor.who was born the same day
as Hales,died a month ago...they go down as a less long-lived
"matched cardinal" pair of religious leaders than Franz Cardinal Konig
(August 3 1905-March 2004) and Anglican Bishop Roger P. Wilson(August 3
The death of Hales moves the distinctly juvenile (by Mormon standards)
Jeffrey R. Holland(born December 1940) up to fourth in line to succeed
Monson,behind Russell M. Nelson(born 1924),Dallin H. Oaks(12 days older
than Hales),and M. Russell Ballard(born 1928).
The World Trade Center towers MUST rise again,
at least as tall as before...or terror has triumphed.