Elder Hales’ Last Message to the Saints


Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles delivered one of the most moving LDS General Conference talks as the concluding speaker.

Elder Andersen stated:

“The First Presidency had told Elder Hales that he could give a brief message in the Sunday morning session if his health permitted it…While his health did not permit it, he prepared a message, which he finished last week and shared with me. Given his passing approximately three hours ago, I share just three lines from this talk. Quoting Elder Hales:

‘When we choose to have faith, we are prepared to stand in the presence of God. After the Savior’s crucifixion, He appeared only to those who had been faithful in the testimony of Him while they lived in mortality. Those who rejected the testimonies of the prophets could not behold the Savior’s presence nor look upon His face. Our faith prepares us to be in the presence of God.'”

Elder Andersen addressed how President Nelson was prompted to go be with Elder Hales during his final moments.

“How kind of the Lord to impress upon President Russell M. Nelson to quickly leave the first session of conference, 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.”

Lastly, he quoted a blessing that President Monson had previously given the saints.

As we leave this conference, I invoke the blessings of heaven upon each of you. As you return to your homes around the world, I pray our Heavenly Father will bless you and your families. May the messages and spirit of this conference find expression in all that you do—in your homes, in your work, in your meetings, and in all your comings and goings.

I love you. I pray for you. May God bless you. May His promised peace be with you now and always, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

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