From Richard: A person in my study group is having a little problem wrapping their mind around the term “proxy saviors.” It does appear to be a unique term as I’m not really able to find that exact term elsewhere. I realize that spiritual salvation is only from Jehovah or the Lord. So, does the term “proxy salvation” only refer to temporal salvation under the terms of the Davidic Covenant? Would the kings and queens of the Gentiles be considered proxy saviors? I would appreciate any clarification.
Answer: I refer you to chapters 4-6 of the book, Endtime Prophecy: A Judeo-Mormon Analysis, which explain the role of proxy saviors that is based on the terms of the Davidic Covenant. Under the Davidic Covenant, all proxy saviors fulfill their role of saviors of men—Jesus in a spiritual sense, and God’s servants in a temporal sense. It is in serving as proxy saviors of others that Latter-day Saints live the fulness of the gospel, as without this they are not living the fulness of the gospel but perhaps only its basic principles.
The role of proxy savior in a temporal sense is exemplified by King Hezekiah in the Book of Isaiah and by servants of God in the Book of Mormon through whom God’s people were delivered in different instances. We thus read in Doctrine & Covenants 103:9-10, “They [Latter-day Saints] were set to be a light unto the world and to be saviors of men. And inasmuch as they are not the saviors of men, they are as salt that has lost its savor, and is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.”
In an endtime context, certain descendants of Ephraim who have come through the Gentiles lineages, and who are identified in the Book of Mormon as “the Gentiles” (cf. Doctrine & Covenants 109:60), assume Ephraim’s birthright role as proxy saviors to the house of Israel—the Jews, Ten Tribes, and Lamanites. By serving as spiritual kings and queens under the terms of the Davidic Covenant, they restore them to God’s covenant and deliver them to lands of inheritance as Isaiah and Book of Mormon prophets predict.