Official Church Publications About a Latter-Day David
(See also Isaiah Institute Official Statement)
Question: Have modern prophets, apostles or scholars written officially about a Davidic servant?
Yes. The following are five such official Church publications:
"Although David was a King he never did obtain the spirit & power of Elijah & the fulness of the Priesthood, & the priesthood that he received & the throne & kingdom of David is to be taken from him & given to another by the name of David in the last days, raised up out of his lineage."
(Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 339, also Joseph Smith, at the Temple, as recorded by Wilford Woodruff Journal, 10 March 1844, in Words of Joseph Smith, pp. 331)
“According to the prophets the name of this king shall be David; not the patriarch David who was the son of Jesse; but a literal descendant of his. … Neither will any of the patriarchs act the part of an earthly king; although they will reign with Christ. Indeed, we have no reason to believe that Christ himself will act the part of an earthly king, or priest, to any great extent. … The idea is that the earth will be under the control of Christ and the glorified saints, and Christ will virtually reign over the whole earth, and this David will be subject to him.”
(Times and Seasons, Feb 1842 with Joseph Smith as editor)
"Let them know that it is Thy good pleasure to restore the kingdom unto Israel—raise up Jerusalem as its capital, and constitute her people a distinct nation and government, with David Thy servant, even a descendant from the loins of ancient David to be their king."
(Elder Orson Hyde, in his dedicatory prayer on the Mount of Olives, October 24, 1841, History of the Church 4:457). https://byustudies.byu.edu/online-chapters/volume-4-chapter-26/
"King David (c. 1000 B.C.) remains today one of the most renowned Old Testament figures. His personality, spiritual sensitivity, creative abilities, military victories, and leadership carried him to the pinnacle of popularity. He had the potential to become an ideal king... However, prophecy states that a model ruler in the last days will be "raised up" from David's lineage."
(Encyclopedia of Mormonism, David: Prophetic Figure of Last Days by Ludlow, Victor L, 1992.)
"A new leader named David (a descendant of the ancient King David) is to become a great leader in Israel. Ezekiel prophesies this, and there are additional references in Jeremiah, Isaiah, Hosea, and Zechariah. The Prophet Joseph Smith, only three months before his martyrdom, said: “… the throne and kingdom of David is to be taken from him and will be given to another by the name of David in the last days, raised up out of his lineage.” The great hero of ancient Israel was David, the king of Israel; a new leader with this name will yet come forth."
(DHC, vol. 6, p. 253. Ensign, 1972, The Future of the Holy Land by Daniel Ludlow)