Robert Hales completed his bachelor’s degree in communications and business at the University of Utah in 1954, and in 1960 he earned an MBA from Harvard. Following college, he served for four years in the United States Air Force as a jet fighter pilot flying F-84 and F-100 aircraft. He was stationed in Florida between 1955 and 1959. He often spoke about his training and background in the Air Force.
“While training to be a jet fighter pilot, I prepared to make such vital decisions in a flight simulator,” he said in a talk to male LDS Church members in April 2007. “For example, I practiced deciding when to bail out of an airplane. My friend who had not prepared to make that decision stayed with the plane and died in the crash.”
While serving in the military, he took its motto “Return with Honor” to heart. He would share this in his later messages with LDS Church members.
“This motto was a constant reminder to us of our determination to return to our home base with honor after we had expended all of our efforts to successfully complete every aspect of our mission,” he said.
He was an American businessman, and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1994 until his death on Sunday, October 1, 2017. As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Hales was accepted by the church as a prophet, seer, and revelator. At the time of his passing he was the fifth most senior apostle.
We honor you, Robert Hales.