The funeral services for Mormon apostle Robert D. Hales - who died last weekend - were held at the historic Salt Lake Tabernacle today.
If you're an apostle, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings at your funeral. Also, it's one of the few times you'll be called by your first name.
“Before Bob and I were called as general authorities, we made our living in the world of business," says Russell M. Ballard who served with Hales in the Quorum of the Twelve for many years.
Hales success in business was mentioned more than once. A graduate of Harvard Business School and executive at a number of high profile companies, Hales put that life to the side when called as a full-time general authority for the LDS church back in 1975.
Another apostle, Russell Nelson—who’s next in line to lead the church—spoke about Hales’ heart.
“I know Bob’s heart. Literally," said Nelson to laughter from the audience.
Nelson is a former heart surgeon and was in the operating room when Hales underwent open heart surgery two decades ago. Hales had a lot of health struggles and surprised many with his ability to continue serve until he was 85 years old.
Hales’ death leaves a vacancy in the second highest governing body of the church, which is expected to be filled sometime in the next six months.