- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsQuorum of the Twelve Apostles, 2008 - present
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.
- Brigham Young University
- Duke UniversityLaw
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.
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.
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?
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.