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President Russell M. Nelson Injured, Will Not Attend General Conference

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As we prepare for this weekend’s general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson, who recently celebrated his 99th birthday, has shared his plans for participation.

Dear brothers, sisters and friends, we have the cherished opportunity this coming weekend to attend or watch our semiannual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! General conference weekends are two of my favorite weekends of the year. How I love meeting in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City with all who gather there.

This weekend, however, I will be watching general conference through technology just as most of you will. Three weeks ago, I fell and injured the muscles in my lower back. This episode has reminded me of the reality that things sometimes change quickly in our lives. This photo of my counselors and me was taken at the celebration of my 99th birthday. Two days later, I fell.

Thankfully, my healing is progressing. But as my physician says, “We don’t have much data on how 99-year-olds recover from an injury like this one, so I am prescribing a slow, careful approach to healing so that you achieve a full recovery.” Having prescribed just such a course of action for many of my own patients years ago, I feel duty-bound to follow doctor’s orders.

I am still not able to sit in a chair for long periods of time. However, I am hoping to record my general conference message and look forward to participating in this marvelous October 2023 general conference through technology.

I pray that each of us, wherever we may be, will approach this sacred weekend with our hearts full of gratitude for the privilege of hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed by His servants. May this general conference be a time of joy and spiritual rejuvenation for you. I know that it will be for me!

President Russell M. Nelson and his family on his 99th birthday.

President Nelson first shared a positive message about how he was experiencing the effects of old age during the October 2022 General Conference. He posted the following picture and caption: 

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What a marvelous first session of general conference we have had! I felt spiritually renewed as I listened to those who spoke. They were absolutely inspiring, and I am certain the next four sessions will be equally wonderful.

Some noticed that I sat on a chair to deliver my message this morning. What a help that was! The other day it occurred to me that I have been alive during nearly half of the number of years since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized in 1830. That is a lot of years—even though I don’t feel old. My wife Wendy insists that she still can’t get me to act my age. But I will admit that sometimes even small adjustments—such as a chair—help those of us who “age on stage.”

I may not ski black diamond runs anymore, but whether standing or seated, I delight in speaking and hearing words of truth. And this weekend will be filled with them. I hope you will join me in savoring the beautiful messages that still lie ahead.

Then, on May 16, President Nelson discussed his recent use of a walker. He wrote:

You may have heard a rumor that someone saw me somewhere using a walker or a wheelchair. Well, it’s not a rumor.

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From time to time, I’m having a small challenge with my balance. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised when little issues arise as I near the century mark.

Gratefully, my heart is good, my spirit is strong as are my legs, and my brain still works.

I love you my dear brothers and sisters, and am grateful every day to serve the Lord and you.

Little challenges with balance should be the least of our worries. Onward and upward!

Also, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland continues to recuperate from his recent health challenges and, while improving, will participate in conference sessions by watching at home.


Elder Holland’s health seemed to be improving earlier this summer, but the sudden death of his wife and ongoing complications led to an extended hospital stay in early August. 

On September 10, it was announced he was home and continuing to recuperate there. In a statement, he offered words of thanks: 

Elder Holland and his children are very grateful for the many prayers offered on his behalf during this health challenge and time of sorrow following the passing of Sister Holland. As his health improves, he looks forward to resuming active service in his ministry.

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles sincerely appreciate the love and support offered by members and friends of the Church around the world. Each is grateful for the prayers offered on their behalf to help sustain them in their ministry of testifying of the Savior Jesus Christ.

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