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President Nelson explains why he used a chair while speaking in conference

Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

As he addressed the audience as the final speaker of the Saturday morning session of general conference, President Russell M. Nelson leaned against a chair at the pulpit.

After the session, the 98-year-old—the oldest man ever to serve as President of the Church—posted on social media about his use of the chair.

“Some noticed that I sat on a chair to deliver my message this morning. What a help that was! The other day it occurred to me that I have been alive during nearly half of the number of years since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized in 1830. That is a lot of years—even though I don’t feel old. My wife Wendy insists that she still can’t get me to act my age. But I will admit that sometimes even small adjustments—such as a chair—help those of us who ‘age on stage.’”

Read the full post below.

President Nelson is not the only Church leader to speak in general conference using a chair. For example, President Boyd K. Packer and Elder Robert D. Hales were known to sit in chairs or wheelchairs during conference addresses.

▶ You may also like: President Nelson is now the oldest President of the Church. Has any general authority lived or served longer?

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