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On Sunday, Jan. 24, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles celebrated his 71st birthday.

Elder Christofferson was born Jan. 24, 1945, in Pleasant Grove, Utah. He and his wife, Katherine, are the parents of five children, and he has served in many capacities in the church.

How much do you know about Elder Christofferson's life? Take this quiz to find out.

Question 1
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What did a young Elder Christofferson request one year for Christmas?

a. A little red wagon

b. A Bible

c. A chess set

d. A blue bicycle

Answer
Courtesy of LDS.org

b. A Bible

On Nov. 23, 2015, Elder Christofferson wrote on Facebook, "I’ve always been drawn to the scriptures, largely because of my home environment. I could feel my parents’ love of the scriptures. When I was 12 or 13 years old, I asked for a Bible for Christmas. I still have that Bible, and it is a treasured possession. Soon after receiving it, I began reading Genesis. It took me a long time to read the Bible from cover to cover, but I really learned to love the Old Testament as well as the New Testament.

"In celebration of the International Day of the Bible, I wish to share my witness and gratitude for the Holy Bible. William Tyndale and a number of others in different countries sacrificed, even to the point of death, to bring the word of God out of obscurity. We owe them all a great debt of gratitude."

Question 2
Courtesy of Elder D. Todd Christofferson

What was Elder Christofferson's father's occupation?

a. Pharmacist
b. Lawyer
c. Mechanic
d. Veterinarian

Answer
Courtesy of Elder D. Todd Christofferson

d. Veterinarian

Elder Christofferson's father was a veterinarian. His father's occupation was the reason his family to move to New Jersey when Elder Christofferson was 15 years old. Elder Christofferson would eventually graduate from Franklin High School in Somerset, New Jersey, and he has frequently expressed his gratitude for having lived on the East Coast.

"It was during that time that my faith matured into a full-blown testimony," Elder Christofferson said in an Ensign article in 1993. "I grew up with faith among family and friends and others who influenced my life; I don't recall a time when I didn't have that belief that the gospel was true. But in New Jersey I became conscious of knowing that it was true and that it mattered."

Question 3
Courtesy of Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Which homemaking skill did Elder Christofferson learn to perform after his mother's cancer treatment left her unable to complete the task?

a. Baking bread
b. Mowing the lawn
c. Doing laundry
d. Sewing

Answer
Courtesy of Elder D. Todd Christofferson

a. Baking bread

According to a biography on LDS.org, "When Todd was 13 years old, his mother underwent significant surgery as part of cancer treatment. Elder Christofferson’s father, who was with her at the hospital, learned that Todd had gathered his brothers to pray for their mother.

"The surgery was successful, but it limited Sister Christofferson's ability to complete some routine household tasks. Todd knew how much his mother loved homemade bread — and how difficult it would be for her to continue to make it. He asked his grandmother to teach him how to bake bread, and he made it regularly for his family until he left for college several years later."

Question 4
Courtesy of Elder D. Todd Christofferson

How did Elder Christofferson spend two summers as a young boy?

a. As a camper at Philmont Scout Ranch
b. As a cast member of the Hill Cumorah Pageant
c. Staying with his family at a cabin in Provo Canyon
d. Working at his grandpa's general store in southern Utah

Answer
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b. As a cast member of the Hill Cumorah Pageant

During his first summer in the pageant, he sought confirmation of his testimony of the gospel, according to LDS.org.

He shared the following on his Facebook page: "As a teenager, I was in the Sacred Grove alone one evening and prayed for a long time to receive a confirming witness of what Joseph Smith experienced there. I received no answer. But a few weeks later when I was at my home in New Jersey reading the Book of Mormon, the answer came with great power through the Holy Ghost. God will answer your pleas when He feels it is right and in the way He knows is best. And as I learned, you don’t have to be any place special for Him to speak to you.

"We all have to wait upon the Lord. Regardless of how you were raised, you must gain your own testimony. If you will open your heart, the Lord will find a way to reach you personally. He will show you His tremendous love for you."

Question 5
Deseret News archive, Courtesy of Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Who was Elder Christofferson's mission president?

a. President Boyd K. Packer
b. Elder L. Tom Perry
c. Elder Richard G. Scott
d. Elder M. Russell Ballard

Answer
IRI

c. Elder Richard G. Scott

Elder Christofferson served under Elder Richard G. Scott in the Argentina North Mission.

In August 2008, Elder Quentin L. Cook wrote a biographical article about Elder Christofferson.

In the article, Elder Scott described Elder Christofferson as “an exceptionally outstanding missionary whose devotion and capacities were evidence that he would have a life of unusual significance.”

Elder Scott also said that Elder Christofferson showed "gentleness of spirit that blessed each of his companions and endeared him to his investigators and converts."

Elder Scott recalled a time when Elder Christofferson was involved in a bicycle accident.

"He brushed himself off, climbed onto the bicycle and headed off for an appointment with his companion,” Elder Scott said.

Meanwhile, Elder Christofferson said of Elder Scott, “I don’t go anywhere, especially in Latin America, where he served for so long and in so many places — I don’t go anywhere there that I don’t see his footprints, where I don’t meet somebody who hasn’t been influenced by him in some way."

Question 6
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How did Elder Christofferson meet his wife, Kathy?

a. He noticed her at Brigham Young University and later looked up her name in the college yearbook
b. At The Malt Shoppe in Provo when they were introduced by a mutual friend
c. They were set up by his roommate
d. He and Kathy were both called to serve on the ward activities committee

Answer
Courtesy of Elder D. Todd Christofferson

a. He noticed her on campus and later looked up her name in the college yearbook

Elder Cook tells their story:

"Toward the end of the first semester after his mission, a pretty young woman he saw on campus caught his attention. Although he didn’t meet her then, he did remember her face and looked her up when the college yearbook was published a few months later.

"The student was Kathy Jacob, an attractive, gregarious young woman who had lived in both California and Utah. The following fall, when he was back in school, Todd arranged through a mutual friend to take Kathy on a date.

"Over the next several months, they found they were compatible. Their love grew and matured, and the following spring, on May 28, 1968, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple."

Question 7
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In which branch of the military did Elder Christofferson serve?

a. Marines
b. Navy
c. Coast Guard
d. Army

Answer
Courtesy of Elder D. Todd Christofferson

d. Army

Elder Christofferson, like his father, completed military service. He served in the U.S. Army on active duty for several months followed by eight years in the inactive reserves.

Question 8
Courtesy of Elder D. Todd Christofferson

From which school did Elder Christofferson receive his law degree?

a. Harvard University
b. Duke University
c. Yale University
d. Brigham Young University

Answer
Provided by Fritzner A. Joseph/Deseret News archive

b. Duke University

Elder Christofferson graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1972. He would practice law for 21 years before being called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1993. Immediately prior to his call, he worked as associate general counsel for NationsBank (now Bank of America) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In 2010, while speaking to students at Duke, Elder Christofferson expressed gratitude for his legal education and career. He explained that the United States court system is a necessary part of the government because it is important for respectful public hearings to be available to citizens.

“The Constitution envisions that those sorts of conversations should take place. … All of that requires that we honor opposing opinions, speaking of us in the church, and that others do the same, and there be clarity of understanding of our positions," Elder Christofferson said. "And then the people decide. That’s what our system is, our pluralistic democracy.”

Question 9
Associated Press

After receiving his law degree, Elder Christofferson worked as a law clerk for Chief Judge John Sirica. Which famous legal case did Judge Sirica preside over?

a. Watergate
b. O.J. Simpson's trial
c. Roe v. Wade
d. Brown v. Board of Education

Answer
Associated Press

a. Watergate

After graduating from Duke University School of Law in 1972, Elder Christofferson was hired as a law clerk to John J. Sirica, a federal judge who presided over the Watergate trials.

Watergate is considered by many to be the largest political scandal in American history, and Sirica was one of the trial's most important characters. Sirica was even named Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" in 1974.

Elder Cook recounted the following: "Elder Christofferson had planned to clerk for one year and then work for a prominent Washington, D.C., law firm, from which he had received an employment offer. Elder Ralph W. Hardy, now an Area Seventy, has spent his career as a member of that firm and remembers that in those difficult Watergate days, Judge Sirica called the firm’s managing partner and said, 'I can’t let Todd go. He is too valuable. He is the only person I can talk to.' As a result, Todd assisted Judge Sirica throughout the Watergate proceedings.

"Elder Hardy recalls that much later, in 1992, a non-LDS attorney came into his office and exclaimed, 'I’ve just come from the most inspiring funeral mass I have ever attended.' It was for Judge Sirica, whose family had requested that Elder Christofferson speak at the funeral. Elder Christofferson had taught the plan of salvation."

Question 10
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In which area did Elder Christofferson serve as an area president?

a. Mexico South
b. South America Northwest
c. Central America
d. Asia North

Answer
Courtesy of Elder D. Todd Christofferson

a. Mexico South

Elder Christofferson has spoken of the lessons he learned from the people of Mexico. In his talk "The Moral Force of Women," he paid tribute to one woman he knew in Mexico.

"I recall a particular young mother, one of many among the women of the church in Mexico whose faith in God graces their lives so naturally that they seem scarcely aware of it. This lovely woman radiated a moral authority, born of goodness, that influenced all around her for good. With her husband, she sacrificed a number of pleasures and possessions for their higher priorities, seemingly without a second thought. Her ability to perform feats of lifting, bending and balancing with her children was near superhuman. The demands on her were many, and her tasks often repetitive and mundane, yet underneath it all was a beautiful serenity, a sense of being about God’s work. As with the Savior, she was ennobled by blessing others through service and sacrifice. She was love personified."

Question 11
Deseret News archive

In what year was Elder Christofferson called as an apostle?

a. 2006
b. 2009
c. 2008
d. 2007

Answer
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret Morning News

c. 2008

After serving in the Presidency of Seventy, Elder Christofferson was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 5, 2008. He filled the vacancy left by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who was called to serve in the First Presidency.

Elder Christofferson had been called to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1993.

"It's not something you train for — there's not a career path that leads you there, and there's no basis on which you would expect that might happen," Elder Christofferson told students at Duke in 2010. "But in our practice, our tradition, our commitment, we respond to these calls, part time or full time. We don't say no."