May 23, 2017
Writer: Brandon Isle
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday, Church President Thomas S. Monson will no longer attend regular meetings.
The Church released the following statement:
Because of limitations incident to his age, President Monson is no longer attending meetings at the Church offices on a regular basis. He communicates and confers with his counselors on matters as needed. President Monson is grateful that the work of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles continues without interruption. He appreciates the prayers and support of Church members.
President Monson spoke twice during the April 2017 General Conference of the Church. He also announced the Church will build five new temples, including one in Pocatello, Idaho.
When he became president of the Church in 2008, Monson would speak at nearly every session of General Conference and would fly around the world visiting with members of the Church. As of late, the 89-year-old leader has kept his speaking load to a minimum.
Church leadership is designed to have continuity if the president of the Church falls ill, can no longer function in his role, or dies. The three-member First Presidency and the 12 members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are each called as prophets, seers, and revelators and acts together to make decisions that affect the whole Church. In the event of the prophet's death, the senior most apostle is then called and ordained as the new president of the Church.
President Monson was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve in 1963. He became president of the Church in 2008.