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D. Todd Christofferson
Full name David Todd Christofferson
Born January 24, 1945 (1945-01-24) (age 64)
Place of birth American Fork, Utah
LDS Church Apostle
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Ordained April 10, 2008 (aged 63)
Ordination reason Death of Gordon B. Hinckley; reorganization of First Presidency
LDS Church General Authority
First Quorum of the Seventy
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
Start of term April 1, 1993 (aged 48)
End of term April 5, 2008 (aged 63)
End reason Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Presidency of the Seventy
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
Start of term August 15, 1998 (aged 53)
End of term April 5, 2008 (aged 63)
End reason Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Start of term April 5, 2008 (aged 63)

David Todd Christofferson (born January 24, 1945) is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He has been a general authority of the church since 1993. Currently, he is the fourteenth most senior apostle in the ranks of the Church.

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Early life

Christofferson was born in American Fork, Utah and raised in Pleasant Grove and Lindon, Utah. As a young man, he served as a LDS Church missionary in Argentina. After his mission, he earned a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.[1]

Christofferson began his law career as a law clerk to Judge John J. Sirica during the Watergate hearings.[2]

Career and family

As a lawyer, Christofferson worked in Washington, D.C.; Nashville, Tennessee; Herndon, Virginia; and Charlotte, North Carolina.[3] Christofferson was the associate general counsel for NationsBank in Charlotte and was the volunteer chairman of Affordable Housing of Nashville, Tennessee.[4]

Christofferson married Katherine Jacob in the Salt Lake Temple in 1968.[1]

The Christoffersons have five children: Todd, Brynn, Peter, Ryan, and Michael. They also have eight grandchildren. [3]

LDS Church service

Christofferson served as a bishop, stake president, and a regional representative of the Twelve prior to becoming a general authority of the LDS Church.[3] At the April 1993 general conference of the church, Christofferson was accepted by the membership as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.[5] In August 1998, Christofferson became a member of the Presidency of the Seventy.[6]

For a time, Christofferson served as the executive director of the Family and Church History Department of the LDS Church. While he was in this position he was involved with negotiations with Jewish leaders on policies on temple work for Holocaust victims, which emphasized that church members should only do such temple work for family members. He also was in charge of the department when the church completed the Freedman's Savings Bank Records project.[2]

From August 2007 to April 2008, Christofferson’s primary responsibility was presiding over the North America Northwest and North America West Areas of the church and the supervision of the area seventies in these areas.[7]

Christofferson was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in a solemn assembly of general conference on April 5, 2008.[8] As a member of this body, Christofferson is regarded by the church membership as a prophet, seer, and revelator.

Notes

  1. ^ a b Quentin L. Cook, “Elder D. Todd Christofferson: Prepared to Serve the Lord,” Liahona, Aug. 2008, pp. 8–13.
  2. ^ a b Leigh Dethman, "Elder D. Todd Christofferson named new apostle; other leaders called", Deseret Morning News, 2008-04-05.
  3. ^ a b c “Elder D. Todd Christofferson Of the Seventy,” Ensign, May 1993, p. 99.
  4. ^ 2005 Deseret News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News, 2004), p. 29
  5. ^ “The Sustaining of Church Officers,” Ensign, May 1993, p. 21.
  6. ^ Church News, 1998-08-29.
  7. ^ “New Area Leadership Assignments,” Ensign, Aug. 2007, pp. 76–77.
  8. ^ "First Presidency Sustained, New Apostle and Other Leaders Named," lds.org, accessed 2008-04-08.

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Quentin L. Cook
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 5, 2008—
Succeeded by
Neil L. Andersen
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