SALT LAKE CITY — President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has reported that he is slowly returning to work in person, thanking those who have prayed for his recovery.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. Nelson prays during a conference in Salt Lake City, Oct. 6, 2018 | Associated Press file photo by Rick Bowmer, St. George News

After an early September fall, resulting in the injury of muscles in his back, the 99-year-old has been virtually participating in First Presidency meetings and General Conference last month.

Friday morning, Nov. 10, Nelson wrote on social media, “Thank you for your prayers for me during the last two months. My recovery from my fall in September when I injured the muscles in my back has been rigorous. I have needed your prayers.”

Nelson said that throughout the last two months, he has been able to attend most meetings of the First Presidency virtually. He added that he is slowly returning to the office on selected days while continuing to use technology as needed.

In Friday’s update, Nelson noted that the work of the church continues to move on. He specifically cited the creation of 36 new missions in 2024.

“Your prayers have lifted my spirits and bolstered my courage and my great desire to soldier on. In short, the Lord has responded to your prayers and expressions of love, and He is helping me to heal,” he wrote. “Thank you again, my dear brothers and sisters. You have blessed me to feel the power of prayer and the reality of the Lord’s love in a most personal way. I love you!”

On Sept. 28, just days before the October 2023 general conference, Nelson posted on his social media accounts that because a fall — occurring just one day after his 99th birthday on Sept. 8 — had injured the muscles in his lower back, he would be participating remotely in the weekend conference sessions.

Nelson wrote in his Sept. 28 post: “As my physician says, ‘We don’t have much data on how 99-year-olds recover from an injury like this one, so I am prescribing a slow, careful approach to healing so that you achieve a full recovery.’ Having prescribed just such a course of action for many of my own patients years ago, I feel duty-bound to follow doctor’s orders.”

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