Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and His “Tie Buddy”
By Ken K. Gourdin
As most all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (along with many others who follow the Church) are aware, Elder Robert D. Hales of the Church’s second-highest governing quorum (after the First Presidency, composed of President Thomas S. Monson and his two Counselors) passed away during the Church’s 187th Annual General Conference held September 30 and October 1 in Salt Lake City.
When the news was posted at Mormon Dialogue and Discussion, I commented (this and all other links last accessed November 7, 2017:
Condolences to all of Elder Hales’s family, friends, and colleagues on his loss. I hope they all find comfort in a life well-lived, trials well-borne, and in the promise of a life to come. I think this is a pretty cool account of how Elder Hales, though he was, no doubt, very busy, didn’t get so busy ad-ministering that he neglected to minister on a more personal, intimate, individual level. While, undoubtedly, this young man misses Elder Hales, how wonderful to be able to have such fond memories of their friendship to hold onto.
For Salt Lake City’s Deseret News coverage of the friendship between Elder Hales and his (then) young “tie buddy,” see here: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865690734/Elder-Andersen-shares-one-more-example-of-Elder-Hales-kindness-in-Story-of-Tie-Buddies.html. For coverage of their friendship in LDS Living, see here: http://www.ldsliving.com/The-Beautiful-Reason-Elder-Hales-Always-Wore-the-Same-Tie-for-General-Conference-One-That-Will-Make-You-Love-Him-Even-More/s/86601.