D. Todd Christofferson

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D. Todd Christofferson
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 5, 2008 (2008-04-05)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
LDS Church Apostle
April 10, 2008 (2008-04-10)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Reason Death of Gordon B. Hinckley; reorganization of First Presidency
Presidency of the Seventy
August 15, 1998 (1998-08-15) – April 5, 2008 (2008-04-05)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
End reason Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 1, 1993 (1993-04-01) – April 5, 2008 (2008-04-05)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
End reason Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Personal details
Born David Todd Christofferson
(1945-01-24) January 24, 1945 (age 69)
American Fork, Utah, United States
Education Brigham Young University
Duke Law School
Spouse Katherine Jacob
Children 5

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.

Early life[edit]

Christofferson was born in American Fork, Utah and raised in Pleasant Grove, Utah; Lindon, Utah and Somerset, New Jersey. As a young man, he served as a LDS Church missionary in Argentina. His mission president during his period of service was Richard G. Scott, who would already be a member of the Quorum of the Twelve when Christofferson was called to the same quorum. 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[edit]

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] They are the parents of five children.[3]

LDS Church service[edit]

Christofferson served previously in the LDS Church as a bishop, stake president, and a regional representative.[3] At the April 1993 general conference of the church, Christofferson was called as a general authority and 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 overseeing the work of the church in the North America Northwest and North America West areas.[7]

On April 5, 2008, during the solemn assembly session of the church's general conference when Thomas S. Monson was sustained as church president, Christofferson was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.[8] As a member of the Twelve, Christofferson is regarded by church membership as a prophet, seer, and revelator.




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


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