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D. Todd Christofferson
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Elder D. Todd Christofferson was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 2008. At the time of his call, he was serving in the Presidency of the Seventy.

During his tenure in the Presidency of the Seventy, Elder Christofferson had supervisory responsibility for the North America West, Northwest, and Southeast Areas of the Church. He also served as Executive Director of the Family and Church History Department. Earlier, he was president of the Mexico South Area of the Church, resident in Mexico City.

Prior to his call to serve as a full-time General Authority of the Church, Elder Christofferson was associate general counsel of NationsBank Corporation (now Bank of America) in Charlotte, North Carolina. Previously, he was senior vice president and general counsel for Commerce Union Bank of Tennessee in Nashville, where he was also active in community affairs and interfaith organizations. From 1975 to 1980, Elder Christofferson practiced law in Washington, D.C., after serving as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica (1972-74).

Born in Pleasant Grove, Utah, on January 24, 1945, he graduated from high school in New Jersey. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, where he was an Edwin S. Hinckley Scholar, and his law degree from Duke University.

Among other callings, he has served the Church as a regional representative, stake president, and bishop. As a young man, he served as a missionary in Argentina.

Elder Christofferson and his wife, Katherine Jacob Christofferson, are parents of five children.

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If one does not appreciate holy things, he will lose them. Absent a feeling of reverence, he will grow increasingly casual in attitude and lax in conduct. He will drift from the moorings that his covenants with God could provide. His feeling of accountability to God will diminish and then be forgotten. Thereafter, he will care only about his own comfort and satisfying his uncontrolled appetites. Finally, he will come to despise sacred things, even God, and then he will despise himself.

With a sense of the sacred, one grows in understanding and truth. The Holy Spirit becomes his frequent and then constant companion. More and more he will stand in holy places and be entrusted with holy things. Just the opposite of cynicism and despair, his end is eternal life.

A sense of the sacred cannot really be passed from one person to another. It must grow from within. Think about things in a contemplative way; then the Spirit may work in you so that you will not need anyone to tell you what is sacred or how to respond—you will feel it for yourself. It will be part of your nature; indeed, much of it already is. #HisDay  
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It is a privilege to meet with members and leaders of other faiths. There is great value in building relationships and working together in causes that strengthen our families and society.

Over the past couple of months I’ve had the opportunity to visit with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Catholic Archbishop of Louisville Kentucky and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik, director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University; and Dr. John G. Turner, an associate professor at George Mason University who has recently been researching the history of Mormonism in the United States. I am impressed by their lives and efforts to do good. We have much in common, and it was good to talk with them about the importance of faith, family, and safeguarding religious freedom.

Many of us have opportunities to reach out to friends and neighbors of other faiths and collaborate to improve our communities. I encourage you to be a part of the effort to know your neighbors and build on common principles and virtues that bring us together and make us better. Serving together and building relationships will also help us become better disciples of Jesus Christ.
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Please know that when you pray, you are not a stranger to your Heavenly Father. He loves you perfectly. He couldn’t know and love you more if you were the only person on the earth. Pray with faith and confidence because you matter to Him.

If we are intent on learning what the Lord’s will is in our lives, He will not hide it from us. Sometimes He may require us to work, for His own reasons, but it will come. The best thing we can do is to be the kind of people He can speak to. 
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As my wife and I raised our children, scripture study was a priority in our home. Even if it was early and some of the children (sometimes myself) might doze, we kept at it.

Family scripture study is one way we will hear the Lord’s voice in our homes. It is how we invite the Holy Ghost’s presence into our children’s lives. We do not need to be perfect at family scripture study, but we can be consistent. 

After reading scriptures as a family, kneel in family prayer. Pray for your children by name so that they hear your voice praying for them. In turn, your children will learn to pray for you. The Lord will see your heart. He will inspire and direct each member of your family. 
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At this time of year our hearts naturally turn to some of the most important things in life: home, family, loved ones near and far, our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ, and giving—giving thanks, giving gifts, giving of ourselves. Our gifts and service gladden hearts; the kindness of others pours healing balm into our own wounds. This is living the Savior’s way of life. He came down from heaven to do the will of the Father, and so we too should make it a pattern of our lives throughout the year. 
 
President Monson has ever been a gracious giver. He cannot resist helping someone in need. Years ago he returned from a trip abroad without his coat, without his second suit and most of his shirts, and even without his shoes. He had given them all away during his trip to men he saw who were in need. As President Monson arrived at the airport, he was wearing his bedroom slippers instead of shoes. 
 
I rejoice to testify of the birth and life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. He rose from the dead and gave us all the gift of resurrection, of immortality that follows death when body and spirit come together never to be separated again. He also offers the incomparable gift salvation from sin to all who will receive it. Because of the Savior, we have the great gift and promise that "God shall wipe away all tears from [our] eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (Revelation 21:4).
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It was a joy to attend “Luz de las naciones: Juventud de la promesa” cultural event at the Conference Center. The music and dancing were incredibly good, and the testimonies by youth from several Latin American countries were sincere and uplifting. On Sunday, I participated in the concluding devotional. David Archuleta and Rebecca Peñailillo sang along with the magnificent choir, and again there were beautiful testimonies expressed. 
 
I spoke about building on the rock of Christ and the importance of a strong, personal relationship with our Heavenly Father and the Savior through daily scripture study, prayer, and adopting the Savior’s example and model of making God’s will our highest priority. I encouraged the youth to meet the Lord’s high expectations by focusing on obtaining a temple marriage, a good education, and living a clean life (including preparing to partake of the sacrament each week). It was a privilege to gather with so many Latino Saints in celebration of a shared culture and faith.
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In our lives, we cannot afford to rely only on the testimonies of others. You can rely on your own testimony by doing simple things, such as:

1. Read the scriptures. We do not need to be perfect at reading scriptures (both individually and as family), but we can be consistent.
2. Pray. Your Heavenly Father knows you individually and desires to bless you, but He needs you to turn to Him. Speak to Him, and He will speak to you.
3. Prepare for and take the sacrament. The sacrament gives us the opportunity to repent every week and reconcile ourselves to God. What a wonderful privilege this is.
4. Pay your tithing. Tremendous blessings will come to those who obey the law of tithing, as well as the promise of protection for you and your children against the “devourer” (see 3 Nephi 24:11).
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I have had experiences in my life that allow me to bear witness of the power of the Redeemer’s Atonement. His love and His grace are accessible to each one of us. Through Him, we can become whole and dwell again in His presence. But it is only through His grace that this is possible. 

How do we come to Him? We must repent. We must seek Him. We must bind ourselves to Him and never let go. We should never let anything come between us and our relationship with the Savior. For when He is with us, we need never fear. He has overcome all and will not let us struggle on our own or sink. 

As one of His servants, I testify to you that He is real. He can be found, and His grace is sufficient. I pray that you may stay close to Him, live your life with Him, and return to be with Him again one day. 
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I was called to the Twelve nearly eight years ago when President Monson was sustained as a prophet. I had a good seat when he spoke during that general conference. I could perceive the mantle of his calling descend upon him. 

He is our prophet because the Lord wants him to be. The Lord chose and put him in place and will maintain him there as long as it suits His will and purpose. This is comforting for me to know. He is grateful for the prayers of members and especially the prayers of children and young people. We know the Lord hears those prayers. 

Please know that, in turn, we pray for you every week when we meet together in the temple. We feel the love the Lord has for you. 
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There are times in our lives when we feel strong and everything is on track. And there are times when we may feel vulnerable, weak, and depressed. 

We need to look out for one another. Be with and encourage one another. Most especially, pray for one another. Your example may be a great strength to someone whom you may not even be aware of. He or she may be experiencing a difficult challenge, and your friendship and prayers may make all the difference. 
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Someone recently asked me why the Brethren are focused on teaching about Sabbath day observance throughout the world. The answer is very simple. It came as a direct revelation to the First Presidency and the Twelve from the Lord. 

If we keep the Sabbath day holy, individuals will be stronger and will experience a transforming depth of spiritual maturity. The Lord has taught for centuries to let the Sabbath be a delight for all. We are all learning and teaching this law anew worldwide. We know it will bless all. 
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I have a deep testimony of repentance and forgiveness. 

We don’t have to be perfect yet. In this life, the Lord only expects us to become holy men and women through Christ. The Lord has given us the opportunity to overcome mistakes because this is how we become like Him. 

I witness that our Savior suffered for you and for me. His grace can reach you. It is so comprehensive that it can clean you in every way. The Savior’s Atonement can give you the courage and strength you need to keep going. 
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