Watch Live Stream: Mormon General Conference In Salt Lake City, Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Mormons around the globe Saturday will listen to guidance from the religion’s high ranking leaders during a twice-yearly conference in Utah. Thomas S. Monson, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ president since 2008, has spoken at every conference since 1963, but won’t this time due to health issues.

At 90 years old, Monson, considered a prophet, seer and revelator, will be absent from the Salt Lake City conference, which brings 100,000 people over two days for five sessions. Millions more watch live broadcasts of the speeches from their homes.

Monson was the youngest member ever to become in the top governing body called Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serve until they die.

Also missing from the conference will be Robert D. Hales, 85, another top leader who was hospitalized in recent days. Hales has been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since 1994. (For more information on the conference and other Salt Lake City stories, subscribe to Patch to receive daily newsletters and breaking news alerts. If you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)

In addition to speeches aimed at giving the religion’s nearly 16 million members worldwide direction on how to practice their faith, church leaders sometimes announce new initiatives or key rule changes.

During the October 2012 conference, for instance, leaders surprised everyone by announcing the minimum age for missionaries was being lowered.

Speech topics are kept carefully under wraps until the conference begins. But church leaders may continue a recent push urging members to stand up for their beliefs while not judging or offending people who hold different opinions, no matter how turbulent the current political climate becomes.

At last weekend’s women’s conference, top leader Dieter F. Uchtdorf echoed recent guidance from the church by encouraging Mormons to stand for what they believe without judging the opposition.

Monson will be the first church president since 1994 not to attend and make at least one speech, according to the church-owned Deseret News.

Before that, it was fairly common for church presidents to miss conferences toward the end of their lives.

President Ezra Taft Benson didn’t attend or wasn’t able to speak at conferences for several years before his 1994 death. President Spencer W. Kimball wasn’t able to speak at his final conference in October 1985 before his death the next month.

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By BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

Photo credit: Rick Bowmer/Associated Press

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