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 70)
American Fork, Utah, United States
Education Brigham Young University
Duke Law School (J.D.)
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]

Prior to becoming a general authority, Christofferson served in the LDS Church as a bishop, stake president, and regional representative.[3] At the church's April 1993 general conference, 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]

As a seventy, Christofferson served as the executive director of the church's Family and Church History Department. While in this position he was involved in negotiations with Jewish leaders on policies on temple work for Holocaust victims, which concluded with the church stating that its 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]

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.[7] As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Christofferson is regarded by church membership as a prophet, seer, and revelator.




  1. ^ a b Cook, Quentin L. (August 2008), Liahona: 8–13 http://www.lds.org/liahona/2008/08/elder-d-todd-christofferson-prepared-to-serve-the-lord  Missing or empty |title= (help); |chapter= ignored (help)
  2. ^ a b Dethman, Leigh (2008-04-05), Deseret Morning News http://www.deseretnews.com/article/695267789/Elder-D-Todd-Christofferson-named-new-apostle-other-leaders-called.html  Missing or empty |title= (help); |chapter= ignored (help)
  3. ^ a b c Ensign, May 1993: 99 http://www.lds.org/ensign/1993/05/news-of-the-church/elder-d-todd-christofferson-of-the-seventy  Missing or empty |title= (help); |chapter= ignored (help)
  4. ^ 2005 Deseret News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News, 2004) p. 29
  5. ^ Monson, Thomas S. (May 1993), Ensign: 21 http://www.lds.org/ensign/1993/05/the-sustaining-of-church-officers  Missing or empty |title= (help); |chapter= ignored (help)
  6. ^ Church News, 1998-08-29 http://www.ldschurchnewsarchive.com/articles/31376/Three-called-to-the-Presidency-of-Seventy.html  Missing or empty |title= (help); |chapter= ignored (help)
  7. ^ Newsroom (LDS Church), 5 April 2008 http://newsroom.lds.org/article/first-presidency-sustained,-new-apostle-and-other-leaders-named  Missing or empty |title= (help); |chapter= ignored (help)


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