Special Witness: Getting to Know Elder Robert D. Hales
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“Special Witness: Getting to Know Elder Robert D. Hales,” Friend, Oct. 2005, 37

Special Witness:

Getting to Know Elder Robert D. Hales

Elder Robert D. Hales

To learn more about Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, match the pictures in the right column with the clues in the left column.

1. As a child, Elder Hales learned to play this instrument. Now he plays “just for fun.”



2. Although Elder Hales grew up in Queens, New York, he and his siblings often spent summers with their relatives in Utah. They would ride horses and take care of these animals. “Those were great times,” Elder Hales said.


Ranch in Utah

3. As a freshman in high school, Elder Hales was the varsity pitcher for this sport. After pitching poorly and causing his team to lose three games in a row, Elder Hales was ready to quit. His coach told him, “Quit showing off in the beginning of the game, and you won’t wear out your arm.” Elder Hales listened and pitched a shutout at the next game.



4. While serving in the military, Elder Hales flew one of these. His unit in the squadron had the motto “Return with Honor.”



5. As a young husband, Elder Hales worked at a television station in Salt Lake City, Utah, and operated one of these.


Television work

6. Elder Hales earned a master’s degree in business administration from this university in 1960.



7. Though Elder Hales was a successful businessman, he never forgot how much his wife and family helped him. Once a boss told him that “______ is your greatest asset, and don’t you forget it.”


Successful businessman

8. Elder Hales enjoys playing this game in his spare time.



9. As a new General Authority, Elder Hales served with President Thomas S. Monson in this area.



10. Elder Hales used his international business skills to help the Church get permission to construct this building in Freiberg, Germany.



(See Ensign, July 1994, 48–53.)


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Illustrated by Adam Koford