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LDS Church apostle Elder Robert D. Hales has been hospitalized for several days, with ongoing medical attention to preclude him from attending general conference sessions this weekend, the church announced today.

“Elder Robert D. Hales was admitted to the hospital several days ago for treatment of pulmonary and other conditions,” said Eric Hawkins, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “To permit their continued medical attention to Elder Hales, his doctors have determined that he should not participate in the Church’s general conference this weekend.”

Elder Hales was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 2, 1994. He was called as a church general authority on April 4, 1975, serving first as an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve and later as a member fo the First Quorum of the Seventy. He was Presiding Bishop of the Church from April 1985 until his call to the Twelve.

Health challenges six years ago resulted in Elder Hales not participating in the April 2011 general conference. He returned to speak in the October 2011 conference, but did so from his chair rather than the pulpit. His participation prompted an LDS Church statement following the conference:

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