Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke publicly about his family, their views on issues surrounding gays and Mormons, and how he hopes legal action will be taken to preserve religious freedom and let go of discrimination toward all, regardless of sexual orientation.
Elder Christofferson’s brother, Tom Christofferson, is gay. He had his name removed from the records of the Church, and is now in a relationship with his partner, Dr. Clark Latimer, but they continue to be active members of their ward.
Christofferson hopes that his family can show members of the Church that harmony can be reached between the gay and Mormon communities.
Elder Christofferson told KUTV News,
From my own experience, I see that understanding is possible. I think the same principle that applies in society applies in families, as well.
Acknowledging that there are obvious differences that need to be worked out between gays and Mormons, Elder Christofferson hopes that love will be the guiding force that creates peace and hope for those who have same-sex attraction.
“The model is the same,” Elder Christofferson said. “The Savior points the way.”