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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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I attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. There was a genuine spirit of goodwill among the more than 3,000 attending, including people from 130 different countries. U.S. President Barack Obama spoke about our need for humility and acknowledging our dependence on God. It was encouraging to witness government leaders and others of so many different political stripes united in faith and unabashedly proclaiming their love of the Lord.
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Last September I shared the story of three Amish families who made significant sacrifices to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While on an assignment in Ohio last weekend I had the privilege of meeting these faithful families. Since they were baptized they have faced challenges economic and otherwise as a result of shunning, but they are persevering. Their children are no longer permitted to attend the Amish school where they had been attending, but with the help of a missionary couple they have set up a school in one of the family’s homes. The children are vibrant and happy and excited about school. These families worship together as a group aligned with the Mount Vernon Ward in the Columbus Ohio East Stake. The sacrament is extremely meaningful to them each week, and they find great support in being together. They have all been sealed in the temple and attend regularly to do work for their ancestors. It was a blessing to be with them briefly last week.
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Sister Christofferson and I had a wonderful visit in Argentina from November 6-17. We held meetings with missionaries and members in Mendoza in the north and Commodoro Rivadavia and Ushuaia in the south and the capital, Buenos Aires. We met up with Elder Russell M. Nelson and his wife Debbie in Buenos Aires. They had been visiting other cities in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. Elder Nelson, Elder Christensen and I held a day-long Area Review with the South America South Area Presidency at the Church offices in Buenos Aires.
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Lately I have been thinking about the blessings of scripture. Last week I visited the Church’s print center where, on average, more than 2,000 copies of the Book of Mormon are printed per hour. We are blessed to have the words of ancient prophets because of the sacrifices and diligence of many that came before us.
Scripture tutors us in principles and moral values essential to maintaining civil society, including integrity, responsibility, selflessness, fidelity, charity. In scripture, we find vivid portrayals of the blessings that come from honoring true principles as well as the tragedies that befall when individuals and civilizations discard them. In the end, the central purpose of all scripture is to fill our souls with faith in God the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ.
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Last weekend I had the opportunity to meet with and speak to members of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society in Alberta, Canada. 

I reminded the group that the Church’s commitment to freedom of religion is rooted in its most basic doctrines. Nevertheless, as the experience of apostles and prophets, ancient and modern, invariably demonstrates, religion is often countercultural and thus unpopular. Likewise, religious freedom, while generally supported in principle, is often vigorously opposed in practice in secular societies that prize secular values more than religious truths and that increasingly see religion as an impediment to social progress. Those who support religious freedom must carefully distinguish between what is vital and what is less critical. A principled, faithful pragmatism must guide the Church when addressing issues related to religious freedom.

I encouraged them to pursue excellence in their chosen area of practice; be attorneys of the highest integrity; earn the personal and professional respect of their legal peers; get involved where it matters in their field; and be, as it were, “watchmen on the tower” of religious freedom.
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"God intends that His children should act according to the moral agency He has given them."
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I was appreciative of the opportunity today to share the Church’s concerns about the increasing tensions and polarization between advocates of religious freedom on the one hand and advocates of gay rights on the other. As I stated earlier, to those who follow the Church closely and who are familiar with its teachings and positions on various social issues, it should be apparent that we announced no change in doctrine or Church teachings. But we did suggest a way forward in which those with different views on these complex issues can together seek for solutions that will be fair to everyone. I encourage you to read the full text of the statement.
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called for legislation across the United States that protects vital religious freedoms. At the same time, the Church said it would support legislation.
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While preparing for my general conference talk last October, I was pondering verses in 2 Nephi 26 and the question of who bears responsibility for what happens in our lives. I think it’s important to remember that God does not save us “just as we are.” The gospel of Jesus Christ opens the path to what we may become, but we must exert ourselves, repent, and choose God so that there is something for God to help us with.
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I particularly enjoy meeting and shaking hands with the children whenever we have the chance to be with members everywhere in the world. The innocence and warmth of the many children we saw in Argentina was one of the greatest blessings of our time there.
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Last week, Kathy and I spent some time meeting with mission presidents and their wives who are serving in the western United States. During our visit, we stopped at the San Diego Mormon Battalion Historic Site to remember and learn about some of the early members of the Church who left their families to serve and assist when called upon in 1846. 

Regardless of if we are talking about 1846 or 2014, the Lord calls us to serve to help do His work and share His gospel. For me, the missionary purpose captures the majesty of the work and the glory of God. What endeavor is more magnificent than bringing the children of God to ultimate salvation through the grace of their Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ?
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Last week I had the privilege of meeting with His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, and his associates in Houston. I also met with His Eminence Sean Patrick Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, and his associates at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Rectory in Boston.

It was a pleasure to meet with these leaders who work to bless God’s children and have courage to stand up for issues critical to our society. We have many things in common and had meaningful conversations about the importance of religious liberty and the sanctity of the family.
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"The gospel of Jesus Christ opens the path to what we may become. "
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