Elder D. Todd Christofferson: ‘Firm and Steadfast in the Faith of Christ’

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Notable quotes:

Elder Christofferson spoke about being firm and steadfast in Christ during his October 2018 general conference address:

  1. “To persevere firm and steadfast in the faith of Christ requires that the gospel of Jesus Christ penetrate one’s heart and soul, meaning that the gospel becomes not just one of many influences in a person's life, but the defining focus of his or her life and character.”
  2. “It is in keeping their covenants with exactness that those who are ‘the elect according to the covenant’ avoid deception and remain firm in the faith of Christ.”
  3. “Always remember the promise of good things to come, both now and hereafter, for those who are firm and steadfast in the faith of Christ.”

Talk summary:

It is challenging but vital to remain firm and steadfast when a person is being refined in the “furnace of affliction” — something that comes to all in mortality.

“Without God, these dark experiences tend to despondency, despair and even bitterness,” he said. “With God, comfort replaces pain, peace replaces turmoil and hope replaces sorrow."

Temptations and tribulations can lead to full conversion and healing. “But this happens if, and only if, we do not harden our hearts or stiffen our necks against Him.”

A steadfastness of faith comes from praying constantly, feasting on the scriptures, serving and worshipping in the Church, worthily taking of the sacrament each week, loving your neighbor and being obedient to God.

Promised blessings:

Elder Christofferson shared many thoughts on how Church members can be blessed by remaining "firm and steadfast” in the faith of Christ. These are just a few of them:

  1. Temptations and tribulations can lead to full conversion and healing.
  2. God’s companionship provides comfort, peace and hope.
  3. Christ will convert trials into blessings.

Speaker snapshot:

  • Elder D. Todd Christofferson has been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since April 5, 2008.
  • From 1993 to 2008 he served as a General Authority Seventy.
  • He also served as the executive director of the Family and Church History Department.
  • Elder Christofferson graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English and International Relations.
  • He has earned a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.
  • He has spoken many times to global audiences, most recently at the G20 International Faith Forum in Argentina.
  • During the Watergate hearings, Elder Christofferson served as a law clerk to John J. Sirica.
  • In 1968, he married his wife. The two met at a football game — at the time, Elder Christofferson had been helping with crowd control and Sister Kathy Jacob Christofferson was a Cougarette.
  • Elder and Sister Christofferson are the parents of five children.

On the Web:

  • Elder Christofferson has Twitter , Facebookand Instagram accounts.
  • His Facebook account recently posted about belonging in the Church.
  • On Father’s Day, Elder Christofferson’s Facebook account posted a classic photo of him and his family from earlier years.
  • Elder Christofferson has also spoken in general conference about fathers, asking everyone to remember the sacred responsibility men have to the Church and to their families.

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