September 28, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has confirmed President Thomas S. Monson will not be attending the upcoming October General Conference in Salt Lake City.
According to Deseret News, church officials confirmed the absence is because of "limitations incident to his age," and pointed to the official statement released by the church in May stating President Monson would not be regularly attending meetings in the church office buildings because of those limitations.
"President Monson is grateful that the work of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles continues without interruption," the May statement from the LDS Church stated. "He appreciates the prayers and support of church members."
President Monson was not present at the General Women's session on Saturday, September 23. He is the second general authority to not be attending this upcoming conference.
Officials announced earlier on Thursday, September 28 that Elder Robert D. Hales had been hospitalized and also would not be attending the sessions.