The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says Elder Robert D. Hales will not attend the Church's general conference this weekend because he was hospitalized this week.

In a statement the Church said:

Elder Robert D. Hales was admitted to the hospital several days ago for treatment of pulmonary and other conditions. 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 first called as a general authority of the Church in 1975 when he was called to serve as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He was later named as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, then as Presiding Bishop of the Church in 1985 and served in that capacity until he was called as an Apostle in 1994.

Hales has had health challenges in the past. The Deseret News reports he missed the April 2011 General Conference but spoke in the October 2011 General Conference from a chair.

Hales is 85 years old and is one of six of the Quorum of the Twelve and First Presidency members who are older than 80. Church President Thomas S. Monson recently turned 90 and is no longer going to meetings regularly.

You can listen to sessions of General Conference on BYU-Idaho Radio on Saturday at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on 94.3, 91.5, and 88.3 FM.