- 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.
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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.
I was asked to speak about “Living Our Heavenly Father’s Plan: Practices for Family Unity from Mormon Homes.” We are blessed as we live the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our families, including family scripture study, family prayer, family home evening, wholesome family activities, family history, family councils, and one-on-one time.
It was a great experience to participate with so many believers of so many faiths.
I like to think that if he can help those around him, I can do the same. I think all of us can do that. We should never feel paralyzed in feeling that since we can’t help everyone, we shouldn’t help anyone.
The Lord witnesses to us about truth in various ways, sometimes through hearing, seeing, or visitations. But the most powerful way He witnesses of truth is through His Spirit.
If you seek a witness, the Spirit will speak to your spirit. The Spirit communicates through pure intelligence—Spirit to spirit—the most powerful witness of all.
A person can doubt what they saw with their eyes or what they heard with their ears. This is part of being human. But you can never doubt a sure witness from the Spirit.
You may remember that I shared that it is important to recognize that God’s ultimate purpose is our progress. His desire is that we continue “from grace to grace, until we receive a fulness” of all He can give.
That requires more than simply being nice or feeling spiritual. It requires faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism of water and of the Spirit, and enduring in faith to the end. Few if any can do that alone, and if they can, they need to be helping the rest of us.
So one of the Lord’s central purposes in having a church is to create a community of Saints that will sustain one another in the “strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life.”
As you participate in your ward or branch this week, I hope you will remember why you are a part of this Church. You are here to become more like our Savior and to help bring others closer to Him.
No matter what financial challenges come your way, if you strive to be loyal to the Lord, your needs will be met. Serve Him first, and things will always work out for your good.
First, the sacrament. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has taught that the only ordinance we do repeatedly for ourselves is the sacrament. By partaking, we renew our baptismal covenant but we also make a new covenant each time: to follow the Lord, to keep His commandments, to remember Him always, to take His name upon us, to receive His Spirit, and to receive His grace for the forgiveness of our sins.
Second is what we do at home on the Sabbath day. We should spend time with our families. Talk to each other. Invite children to ask questions. Use the scriptures to answer their questions.
Please remember that Sunday is not our day—it is the Lord’s day. When we give Him the Sabbath day, He will give us more blessings than we deserve.
Listen quietly and see if any impressions come to you from the Spirit. If you have an impression, make sure to write it down and follow up.
What the Spirit communicates to you is more important than seeing or touching anything else. Sometimes we have doubts. But when the Spirit speaks, there is no doubt. The Spirit is not limited by words—it communicates pure knowledge Spirit to spirit.
When we are linked to the Savior, we will have hope. And not only hope, but a complete assurance. It doesn’t matter how much evil fills this world—the Savior has overcome it all. When we are with Him, we have also overcome.
I pray that you will bind yourself to the Savior. As you do so, you will feel His love, acceptance, approval, and trust. He lives, and He is personally and actively directing His work. He loves you. You are His.
Keep reading your scriptures. Keep praying. Keep repenting of any mistake. Keep asking the Lord to guide you by His Spirit. Keep asking Him to help you in your decisions. Keep asking Him to help you serve other people.
As you do so, the Lord will help you make daily progress toward perfection.