David Todd Christofferson
(born January 24
) is the junior 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.
Christofferson was born in American Fork
and raised in Pleasant Grove
and Lindon, Utah
. As a young man, he served as a LDS Church missionary
. After his mission, he earned a bachelor's degree
from Brigham Young University
and a J.D.
from Duke University School of Law
Christofferson began his law career as a law clerk to Judge John J. Sirica during the Watergate hearings.
Career and family
As a lawyer
, Christofferson worked in Washington, D.C.
; and Charlotte
, North Carolina
. Christofferson was the associate general counsel
in Charlotte and was the volunteer chairman of Affordable Housing of Nashville, Tennesee.
Christofferson married Katherine Jacob in the Salt Lake Temple in 1968.
The Christoffersons have five children: Todd, Brynn, Peter, Ryan, and Michael. They also have eight grandchildren. The Christofferson children describe their upbringing as loving, caring, and centered on gospel principles. They remember a good balance of family fun and individual training.
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. 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
. In August 1998, Christofferson became a member of the Presidency of the Seventy.
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.
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.
Christofferson was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in a solemn assembly of general conference on April 5, 2008. As a member of this body, Christofferson is regarded by the church membership as a prophet, seer, and revelator.