Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles celebrates his 69th birthday today. To celebrate, we’ve gathered five fun facts about Elder Christofferson that you probably didn’t know.
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 (pictured below). Judge Sirica would soon preside at one of the most famous trials in U.S. history, the Watergate trials.
Happy Birthday Elder Christofferson! What is your favorite quote or story from Elder Christofferson?
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.