LDS Church President Monson released from hospital, back to regular duties

Thursday , April 06, 2017 - 7:12 AM3 comments

MAKENZIE KOCH/Standard-Examiner Staff

SALT LAKE CITY — The 89-year-old president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been released from the hospital, church officials say. 

Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for the church, said Thursday morning, April 6, that President Thomas S. Monson was released Wednesday night and plans to “resume his normal schedule and duties” Thursday. 

Monson was hospitalized Monday, April 3, because he was not feeling well. Hawkins said Tuesday that Monson received treatment and fluids and hopefully would be released soon. He did not release any further details. 

Monson, who has been the church’s leader since 2008 and is considered by followers to be the religion’s prophet, spoke to church members last weekend at the church’s twice-yearly conference in Salt Lake City.

However, he skipped some sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Church officials said he was conserving his energy and was weary but well.

This isn’t the first time concerns about Monson’s health have arisen over the past few years.

While addressing the general conference crowd Oct. 4, 2015, Monson began slowing and repeating his words, and appeared to have a difficult time standing.

During the following conference in April 2016, Monson’s speaking time was significantly shorter. He only gave two short speeches that were roughly five minutes each.

Contact digital producer Makenzie Koch at mkoch@standard.net

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