SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 28, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has been hospitalized ahead of General Conference this weekend.
The Church released the following statement on the condition of Elder Robert D. Hales:
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.
Hales, who is 85, was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of LDS Church on April 2, 1994.
He received his call as a General Authority on April 4, 1975. He served as an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and later as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He was Presiding Bishop of the Church from April 1985 until called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
He was a regional representative for five years prior to his call as a General Authority. He earlier served as a branch president, bishop, and stake president’s counselor. He was president of the England London Mission in the late 1970s and has served as first counselor in the Sunday School general presidency.
The 187th Semiannual General Conference has general sessions scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A priesthood session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday.