After news reports stating Elder Robert D. Hales would be missing the October 2017 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the church also confirmed President Thomas S. Monson would also not be attending. No official statement was provided with the news, which was confirmed by Deseret News. Instead, church officials reiterated the statement from May 23, 2017, where it was announced President Monson is “no longer attending meetings at the church offices on a regular basis,” though he still “communicates and confers with his counselors on matters as needed.”
No illness or health challenge has been specified for President Monson’s absence, but rather seems to come from his lightened workload due to age. President Monson is 90 and has been serving as a General Authority for over fifty years.