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D. Todd Christofferson
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I know that we all wish we could be better. Sometimes we wish that we could be perfect. But it is best to focus on improvement over time. 

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. 
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On Friday, June 19, I had the opportunity to participate in an exciting announcement at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.  FamilySearch (in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and the California African American Museum) announced the digital release of 4 million Freedmen’s Bureau historical records and the launch of a nationwide volunteer indexing effort to help reunite and link together families so long and tragically separated.
 
The Freedmen’s Bureau was organized near the end of the American Civil War to assist newly freed slaves. In the process of opening schools, managing hospitals, rationing food and clothing, and solemnizing marriages, they gathered priceless information about 4 million African Americans. The Freedmen’s Bureau records have been carefully preserved by the National Archives and Records Administration. FamilySearch purchased copies of these records in order to publish them digitally. The images are now available, and you can help with the indexing efforts. To learn more about the Freedmen’s Bureau Project, you can visit discoverfreedmen.org. 
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In my calling, I have the opportunity to observe other members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and their wives. I observe the First Presidency and their wives. I have observed that these couples have strong marriages because they have included the Lord in their marriage.

Many people—particularly millennials—seem to think that successful marriages just happen. It is not just a matter of luck. Yes, you can have a successful and a wonderful marriage, but you must work to make it so. You must work with your spouse and with the Lord.

I know that it takes a great deal of faith to take the important step toward marriage. And it takes more faith to keep going forward once you are married.

When we do what the Lord has asked us to do, He will help us. He has ordained marriage—in fact, it is He who created it! Marriage is something we do with God. I promise you that He will help you, guide you, and bless you in your pursuit for a happy marriage.
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A mother exerts an unequaled influence. By the power of her example and teaching, her sons learn to respect womanhood and to incorporate discipline and high moral standards in their own lives. Her daughters learn to cultivate their own virtue and to stand up for what is right, again and again, however unpopular.

A mother’s love and high expectations lead her children to act responsibly without excuses, to be serious about education and personal development, and to make ongoing contributions to the well-being of all around them.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell once asked: “When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses?”

I also wish to express gratitude for the influence of all good women—whether they are mothers or not. Women bring with them into the world a certain virtue, a divine gift that makes them adept at instilling such qualities as faith, courage, empathy, and refinement in relationships and in cultures. I have been remarkably blessed by the moral influence of women, in particular my mother and my wife.
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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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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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As a father of five children, I have often felt that the best thing I ever did with my children was to read the scriptures with them. My wife and I tried to help our children understand that they could hear the Lord’s voice in the scriptures; now they recognize that voice (see D&C 18:36).

I know that reading the scriptures as a family is sometimes hard and doesn’t seem that edifying. But I encourage you to be patient and consistent with your family scripture study. You will reap the rewards over time. I promise you that the blessings will come.
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I was blessed to be raised by a faithful father and mother. Although I grew up in a strong family, I still needed to know for myself if what my mother and father had taught me was true.

As a teenager, I was in the Sacred Grove alone one evening and prayed for a long time to receive a confirming witness of what Joseph Smith experienced there. I received no answer. But a few weeks later when I was at my home in New Jersey reading the Book of Mormon, the answer came with great power through the Holy Ghost. God will answer your pleas when He feels it is right and in the way He knows is best. And as I learned, you don’t have to be any place special for Him to speak to you.

We all have to wait upon the Lord. Regardless of how you were raised, you must gain your own testimony. If you will open your heart, the Lord will find a way to reach you personally. He will show you His tremendous love for you. 
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Last night I had the opportunity to attend a unique and historic gathering in São Paulo, Brazil, of over 700 people from the community and many different faith groups in a celebration of religious liberty. Brazil was recently recognized by the Pew Research Center as the country with the lowest government restrictions on religion.

Religious freedom is the cornerstone of peace in a world with many competing philosophies. It gives us all space to determine for ourselves what we think and believe—to follow the truth that God speaks to our hearts. It allows diverse beliefs to coexist, protects the vulnerable, and helps us negotiate our conflicts. We use our freedom of religion and belief to establish our core convictions, without which all other human rights would be meaningless.

I encouraged those in Brazil to hold fast to the freedoms they have forged at home and to lead courageously in promoting religious freedom on the world stage. The need to protect and preserve religious liberty—in a fair and balanced way that also protects others’ fundamental rights—is acute. It was encouraging to be gathered with such a diverse group in a common cause to protect religious liberty.
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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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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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