Boyd Matheson, president of the Utah conservative think tank the Sutherland Institute, said he saluted Hales decision to walk away from a successful business career to become a model leader for Mormons.'His soft replies to harsh voices, his gentle invitations to improve and his steely determination to fulfill his duty stand as a witness to the greatness of the man and leave a pattern for leaders and followers to emulate for generations to come,' Matheson said.

While every religion has its own beliefs, traditions and customs that seem somewhat unbelievable to outsiders and non-believers, the Mormons have their fair share of unique values.

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His wisdom and goodness have blessed our lives for many years,' said Eyring, one of two top counselors to the church president. He often emphasized discipline and goal-setting in his conference speeches. Hales was born in 1932 and grew up on Long Island in a Mormon family with a father who was an artist.

'We express our love to his sweet wife and caregiver, Mary, and extend our heartfelt condolences to the family.'Hales is the fourth top Mormon leader to die in the last three years. Hales would recall a special moment he shared with his father when the two visited a wooded area in upstate New York where church founder Joseph Smith said he saw God and Jesus in what Latter-day Saints call the 'first vision.'Throughout his life, Hales kept a special painting of the sacred grove in his various offices that his father made for him after that trip.

The New York City native was a fighter pilot in the Air Force and business executive before he was chosen in 1994 as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a high-level governing body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hales missed this weekend's church conference after he was hospitalized several days ago for treatment of pulmonary disease and other conditions.What makes the Mormon beliefs particularly out of the ordinary is that Mormons dedicate so much time and energy trying to help non-Mormons.Editor’s Note: Before reviewing this article, please read through our article about the Underground Mormon Genealogy Database, where TSW explores the unusual underground vault – evidence of another unusual Mormon belief that the dead can be baptized as Mormon, and even when they were never Mormon or expressed any desire to be Mormon when alive.Ask them questions about their religion and avoid judging their beliefs, even if you don’t share the same belief or religion.For advice on meeting single Mormons to date, read on! Hales, who left a successful career as a businessman to help guide the church, has died of natural causes aged 85.