Mormon President Thomas S. Monson scales back duties

President Thomas S. Monson exits the Saturday morning session of the April 2017 general conference. © 2017 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon officials say 89-year-old church president Thomas S. Monson is no longer coming to meetings at church offices regularly because of limitations related to his age.

Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said Tuesday in a statement that Monson communicates with fellow leaders on matters as needed.

The news that Monson is scaling back his duties marks the latest sign that his health is deteriorating.

Monson was hospitalized in early April after he reported not feeling well and released a few days later after receiving treatment in fluids. That came after Monson spoke to church members at the religion's twice-yearly conference in Salt Lake City, but skipped some sessions.

Monson, considered by followers to be the religion's prophet, has been the church's leader since 2008. Church presidents serve until they die.

Here is the statement released on the church’s Mormon Newsroom website:

Because of limitations incident to his age, President Thomas S. 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.

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