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LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson home after brief hospital stay

FILE - President Thomas S. Monson announces 5 new temples as he speaks in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the LDS Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Monson, who has led the LDS C
FILE - President Thomas S. Monson announces 5 new temples as he speaks in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the LDS Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Monson, who has led the LDS Church for nine years, continues to rest and recuperate in the hospital late Wednesday afternoon. Social media and other rumors that said he has died are false.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson, 89, returned home Wednesday night after spending two days in the hospital.

"President Monson was released from the hospital last evening and plans to resume his normal schedule and duties today," LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement released Thursday morning.

President Monson was hospitalized Monday night. He had given two short talks over the weekend during the 187th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hawkins said he received treatment and fluid during his hospital stay.

President Monson has led the 15.8-million member faith for nine years.

A robust man known for his memory through most of his 54 years as an apostle and member of the church's First Presidency, President Monson has been "feeling the effects of advancing age" for a few years.

He has been making concessions to those effects.

President Monson reduced his speaking load at general conferences from four talks to two beginning in April 2015. After he became visibly weakened during a talk six months later, he reduced the length of his conference addresses from 13 or more minutes down to three to four minutes.

He was absent from the first session of conference on March 25, the first time he had not attended the General Women's Session. When he did not attend the second of three conference sessions held on Saturday, a church spokesman said he was "conserving energy." Indeed, he returned to conference that night and spoke for four minutes at the General Priesthood Session.

On Sunday, he spoke for three minutes in the morning conference session but was absent from the afternoon session. A church spokesman said he was "weary but well."

President Monson was called as an apostle in 1963. The next most senior LDS apostle is President Russell M. Nelson, 92, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. President Nelson was called in 1984.