LDS Church announces details for Elder Hales’ funeral service

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Elder Hales died on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, between general conference sessions. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom.)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the funeral services for Elder Robert D. Hales, deceased member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will be held in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Friday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m.

The public is invited to the funeral services, but must be ages eight or older. There will be no public viewing.

Elder Hales died at the age of 85 on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 12:15 p.m. He was surrounded by his family in a hospital in Salt Lake City. During the 187th Semiannual General Conference, apostle Elder Neil L. Andersen shared the story of Elder Hales’ passing.

“How kind of the Lord to impress upon President Russell M. Nelson to quickly leave the first session of conference and skip his lunch and quickly move to the bedside of Elder Hales, where he could arrive and be there, his quorum president, with the angelic Mary Hales, as Elder Hales graduated from mortality.”

The Temple Square gates and the Tabernacle doors will open at 9:30 a.m. adn attendees must be seated by 10:30 a.m. There will be overflow seating in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. The Church campus buildings will be closed at 10:30 a.m. and will reopen following the funeral at 1 p.m.

The funeral services will be broadcast live on MormonNewsroom.orgLDS.org in English, Spanish and Portuguese. It will also be live on KSL TV 5.2, the KSL TV app, BYUtv, BYUtv Global, KBYUtv Eleven, BYUtv International, Mormon ChannelCanal Mormón (Spanish) and on the Church satellite system. In addition, audio broadcasts will air on KSL radio, BYU Classical 89 and BYU Radio.

While the funeral services are public, the burial service is private. Following the funeral, the burial will take place at the Bountiful Memorial Cemetery in Bountiful, Utah.

People wanting to express sympathy to the family are invited to post on the Elder Robert D. Hales Facebook page or emailed to condolences@ldschurch.org.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Humanitarian Aid Fund or the Church’s General Missionary Fund give.lds.org/hales.

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