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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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The Prophet Joseph Smith taught: “The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.”

On this Easter day, I express my own witness that Jesus of Nazareth was and is the Son of God, the very Messiah of ancient prophecy. He is the Christ, who suffered in Gethsemane, died on the cross, was buried, and who indeed rose again the third day. He is the resurrected Lord, through whom we shall all be resurrected and by whom all who will may be redeemed and exalted in His heavenly kingdom. #BecauseHeLives  
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The gospel of Jesus Christ opens the path to what we may become. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and His grace, our failures to live the celestial law perfectly and consistently in mortality can be erased and we are enabled to develop a Christlike character. I invite you to watch general conference this weekend to learn of Jesus Christ and His gospel.

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/watch?lang=eng
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Last week, I was invited to speak to students at the Harvard Law School as a part of a “Mormonism 101” lecture series. With much being said lately about the outlook of world economies, income inequality, and needs of the poor and refugee populations, I decided to share some doctrines from the law of consecration and explain a little about what it means to consecrate yourself by devoting your life to further God’s work.
For each of us, the key question is “What does God want me to do with the resources, time, and talents He has given me?” That is a challenging, all-encompassing question. And it demands deep, soul-stretching answers. Your desire to know God’s will can help you find the right answer for you in your particular circumstances today.
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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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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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I recently had the pleasure of traveling to West Virginia and visiting with people there. At one meeting, I felt impressed to talk to those in the congregation about how well their Heavenly Father knows them. If you could see His face, you would know Him just as He knows you. You have known Him for a very long time. He sent His Son to die for us. He loves us.

Always remember that the Lord will give you answers to your prayers. As you pray and read the scriptures, you will understand more and more about God’s love for you. God will teach you directly because he knows you perfectly.
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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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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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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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