LDS President Thomas S. Monson admitted to hospital Monday

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints president, Apostle Thomas S. Monson, has been admitted to a hospital following a health issue. His condition may not be very serious, however; spokesperson for the church, Eric Hawkins, said that he would be released soon.

President Monson has not been feeling well for quite some time now. Hawkins revealed the president was particularly unwell the previous evening, and had to be taken to a hospital. President Monson was also unable to attend the afternoon session of the 187th Annual General Conference​ that was held on the April 1, although he did attend the morning and evening sessions. The following day, the second day of the Conference, the president delivered a short message during the morning session, but again did not attend the afternoon session. Sources had said he president was well, but weary.

After the 2015 general conference Hawkins said President Monson was "feeling the effects of advancing age." Ever since then, the president has been trying to reduce activities were physically taxing, without letting it reduce the amount of work he did. During the general conference of April that year, he reduced his talking time from four hours to two. Six months later, the president had delivered a 13-minute speech during the October general conference, after which he was reported to have become visibly weakened.

The president of the LDS church is believed to be a prophet of God by the Mormons. As such, the issue of his health has always been a matter of great concern for the community. In 2016, he reduced his talks to just four minutes because he could no longer bear the physical strain of talking. In all his talks, he chiefly implored his fellow Mormons to be faithful to the scriptures and to study them carefully.

Despite the deterioration in health, the President never compromised on his work, Hawkins observed. He said Monson would to be in office every day, participate in every meeting, lead discussions and even take decisions. He added no work of the First Presidency was left pending and everything is up to date, thanks to dedication of Monson and his two counselors, who together form the First Presidency.


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