President Jimmy Carter spoke at his hometown church in Plains, Georgia last weekend, gathering a large crowd.

The former president, 95, was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. He was hospitalized last month after a fall, which resulted in a fractured pelvis. Carter shared his thoughts on his diagnosis and his recent injuries during the Sunday service.

“I assumed, naturally, that I was going to die very quickly,” the former president told the crowd. “I obviously prayed about it. I didn’t ask God to let me live, but I asked God to give me a proper attitude toward death. And I found that I was absolutely and completely at ease with death.”

Carter is the oldest living president and also the oldest president of all time. His service gathered a large crowd, many people traveling far and wide to see the former president’s service.


One emotional attendee told USA today when asked why he was attending, that Carter was a “national treasure.” “I think years from now,” he continued, “we will be remembering him — centuries from now.”

“It didn’t really matter to me whether I died or lived. Except I was going to miss my family and miss the work at the Carter Center and miss teaching your Sunday school service sometimes and so forth. All those delightful things,” he shared.