During senator Orrin’s speech he payed tribute to the passing of Elder Robert D. Hales. The senator said the following:
Following his graduation from college, Elder Hales joined the United States Air Force where he served as a fighter pilot. His squadron’s motto was ‘Return with Honor.’ In his own words, ‘The motto was a constant reminder to us of our determination to return to home base with honor after we had expended all of our efforts to successfully complete all aspects of our mission,’” said the senator.
He the continued the speech saying:
“‘Return with Honor’ would become the credo by which Elder Hales lived his life expending every effort as a faith leader, father and friend to better himself, bless others and build the kingdom of God. Yesterday afternoon after decades of dedicated service as a minister of Jesus Christ, he completed his mortal mission and returned with honor to our heavenly home. The challenge he leaves behind is for all of us to do the same.
In conclusion the senator shared his experience with Elder Hales.
While millions of us grieve his passing, we take peace and comfort in knowing that his service continues on the other side,” Sen. Hatch said. “I knew him very well, played golf with him, thought he was one of the greatest men in my life and I want to pay tribute to him and his family here today in front of the whole United States Senate and the country. He was one of the most worthwhile people I’ve ever met and we’re going to miss him.
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