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Oldest LDS apostle has terminal cancer, receiving hospice care

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SALT LAKE CITY – Elder L. Tom Perry, a senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is suffering from terminal cancer, the Church announced Friday.

Perry, 92, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last month but, according to a church spokesman, the cancer has spread.

Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said, “Elder Perry has asked that we share his thanks for the prayers and kindness extended to him by Church members and friends.  Despite earlier treatments, cancer has spread aggressively to his lungs and beyond. Elder Perry is at home. He will no longer attend meetings, though he is still receiving visits from members of the Quorum of the Twelve, the First Presidency, and close family. He will begin receiving hospice care in the coming days.”

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