Thomas S. Monson, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is scaling back his involvement in church governance.
“Because of limitations incident to his age, President Monson is no longer attending meetings at the Church offices on a regular basis," says Eric Hawkins, official spokesperson for the LDS Church.
"He communicates and confers with his counselors on matters as needed," the statement continues. "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."
The health of the 89-year-old church president has been declining for some time. He was most recently hospitalized briefly following the General Conference sessions held in April.