Learn a bit more about Elder Christofferson, who came to Wenatchee this weekend:
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 Nations Bank 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.
5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Elder Christofferson
1. For two summers of his youth, Elder Christofferson performed in Palmyra’s Hill Cumorah Pagaent.
2. Elder Christofferson often speaks of the surgery his mother underwent as part of her cancer treatment, which ultimately made it difficult for her to move her arms and complete basic tasks. Elder Christofferson, knowing how much his mother loved homemade bread, went to his grandmother and learned how to bake bread. He made it regularly for his family until he left for college several years later.
3. You may know that Elder Christofferson served a mission in Argentina. What you many not know is that Richard G. Scott was his mission president. Years later, the two are now serving together as members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
4. Elder Christofferson met his wife, Kathy, at BYU stadium. However, it wasn’t until months later when he looked her up in the yearbook that he learned her name. After he met his wife for the first time, he didn’t know her name until the yearbook was published months later.
5. After graduating from law school, Elder Christofferson was hired as a law clerk to judge John J. Sirica. Judge Sirica would soon preside at one of the most famous trials in U.S. history, the Watergate trials.