Elder Robert D. Hales Admitted to the Hospital
The Church released the following statement September 28 on the condition of Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:
“Elder Robert D. Hales was admitted to the hospital several days ago for treatment of pulmonary and other conditions. To permit their continued medical attention to Elder Hales, his doctors have determined that he should not participate in the Church’s general conference this weekend.”
Elder Hales, who turned 85 in August, became a General Authority in 1975, serving both as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He was Presiding Bishop from 1985 until his call to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in April of 1994.
In recent years, Elder Hales has dealt with serious health challenges, which a 2011 statement from the Church said have “affected his mobility and endurance.”
Elder Hales spoke during the April 2017 general conference on “
On July 13, 2017, he was honored with the 2017 Pioneers of Progress President’s Award.
Elder Robert D. Hales speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the April 2016 general conference. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.
Elder Robert D. Hales and his wife, Sister Mary Hales, after he was honored with one of the 2017 Pioneers of Progress Awards on July 13, 2017. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver.