Elder Robert D. Hales was called to be a general authority in 1975, at age 42. He served as an assistant to the Twelve and then as a member of the Quorum of the Seventy. He later served as a mission president of the England London Mission. In 1985, he was called as the presiding bishop and was sustained as an apostle on April 2, 1994. On Aug. 24, Elder Hales will celebrate his 84th birthday. He was born on Aug. 24, 1932, in New York City.