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Source:Christofferson:Ensign:January 1998:The principle of vicarious service should not seem strange to any Christian
D. Todd Christofferson (1998): "The principle of vicarious service should not seem strange to any Christian"
D. Todd Christofferson:
The principle of vicarious service should not seem strange to any Christian. In the baptism of a living person, the officiator acts, by proxy, in place of the Savior. And is it not the central tenet of our faith that Christ’s sacrifice atones for our sins by vicariously satisfying the demands of justice for us? As President Gordon B. Hinckley has expressed: “I think that vicarious work for the dead more nearly approaches the vicarious sacrifice of the Savior Himself than any other work of which I know. It is given with love, without hope of compensation, or repayment or anything of the kind. What a glorious principle.
- D. Todd Christofferson, "The Redemption of the Dead and the Testimony of Jesus," Ensign (January 1998).