Eric Hawkins, spokesperson for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced Thursday morning that LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson has been released from the hospital after having been admitted on Monday night.
Hawkins said the 89-year-old leader of the LDS Church was released Wednesday evening and “plans to resume his normal schedule and duties today.”
Hawkins did not elaborate on Monson’s condition, but previous reports from the LDS Church said he had received “treatment and fluids” during his two-day hospital stay. Earlier this week, rumors circulated on social media that Monson had died, but Hawkins quelled the speculation yesterday afternoon.
During the faith’s 187<sup>th</sup> Annual General Conference, Monson was absent—for the first time in his tenure—from the General Women’s Session held on March 25. He likewise did not attend the Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions last weekend. On Saturday afternoon, Monson was said to be “conserving energy” for the evening General Priesthood Session, where he gave a four-minute address. After speaking for just three minutes on Sunday morning, where he announced plans for the construction of five new temples, church officials described Monson as being “weary but well.”
Monson has served as an apostle in the LDS Church since 1963 and has led the 15.8-million member organization as its “prophet, seer and revelator” for nine years. In visibly declining health since April 2015, Monson has been “feeling the effects of advancing age.” In a May 2015 statement, Hawkins said, “President Monson has always been private about his health, but appreciates the prayers and sustaining support of church members, as do all of the First Presidency and the Twelve.”
Well wishes for Monson were prevalent in addresses given throughout conference weekend. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 2nd Counselor in the First Presidency said, “President, we will always take to heart your words of direction, counsel, and wisdom. We love you, President Monson, and we always pray for you.”
News reports and tweets continue to post worldwide broadcasting Monson’s hospital release.