Editor’s note: “Integrity & Trust: Lessons From Watergate and Today” is a Deseret News event featuring legendary journalist Bob Woodward and Elder D. Todd Christofferson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

SALT LAKE CITY — On Monday, Elder D. Todd Christofferson and journalist Bob Woodward will discuss the importance of integrity in public life.

The meeting comes 47 years after Woodward helped break the news of the Watergate scandal in The Washington Post and Elder Christofferson served as a district court law clerk in Washington, D.C.

Now an apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Christofferson is no stranger to the demands of public life. Here’s a look back at an extraordinary life marked by professional, religious and personal service.

Quick facts: Elder Christofferson is currently a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Prior to his service as an apostle, he served in the Presidency of the Seventy.
In the early 1970s, Elder Christofferson worked as a law clerk for Chief Judge John J. Sirica of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia during the Watergate hearings.

Early childhood and youth: David Todd Christofferson was born in American Fork, Utah, on Jan. 24, 1945.

He is the eldest of five boys and was raised in Pleasant Grove and Lindon.
When he was 15, Elder Christofferson’s family moved to Somerset, New Jersey, after his father accepted a veterinarian position in New Brunswick, according to lds.org.
Elder Christofferson’s experiences as the only member of the Church of Jesus Christ at his high school and his participation in the Hill Cumorah Pageant were formative for his spiritual life.

Mission service: After graduating from high school and spending a year studying English at Brigham Young University, Elder Christofferson …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News


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