SALT LAKE CITY – Mormon President Thomas S. Monson, 90, won’t attend this weekend’s church conference because of deteriorating health — marking the first time in more than a half century that the longtime church leader won’t deliver spiritual guidance at the important twice-yearly event.
Monson’s absence was confirmed Thursday by church spokesman Eric Hawkins, who referred to a previous statement in May that revealed Monson was no longer going regularly to meetings at church offices because of limitations related to his age.
Monson, who in 2008 became the 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is considered a prophet, seer and revelator. He oversees the religion’s church and business operations with help from two top counselors and members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
He has delivered speeches at every one of the twice-yearly conferences since 1963, when he became the youngest member ever of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Hawkins said.
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