Mormon leader to miss church conference due to health issue

Associated Press


Mormon leader Robert D. Hales has been hospitalized and won’t attend this weekend’s church conference.

Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said Thursday that Hales was taken to hospital several days ago for treatment of pulmonary and other conditions. The 85-year-old Hales won’t attend the religion’s twice-yearly conference on advice of his doctors.

Hales has been a member of the faith’s top governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since 1994.

He is one of six men among the religion’s top 15 leaders who are older than 84. Church President Thomas S. Monson is 90, and is no longer coming to meetings at church offices regularly because of limitations related to his age.

A native of New York City, Hales was a fighter pilot in the Air Force and business executive before becoming a full-time church leader.

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