Occasionally, I take the opportunity to check up on the movement that is Snuffer, just to see how far afield they have wandered. I know some of the people who follow him–believing him to be a prophet of God–and view them as good, sincere people who want to follow Christ. The Jesus-less vacuum that has been created by modern Mormon church and their prophet worship is the environment that has led to people to seek out satisfying alternatives. Unfortunately, their ignorance of the scriptures and their willingness to follow a man who professes audience with Christ, leaves them open to deception that is easily detected when one truly understands the scriptures.
It is, therefore, triply unfortunate that the Snufferite movement is in the process (under the guise of restoring true scripture) of actually taking out plain and precious parts that explain exactly why Denver couldn’t possibly be the privileged one he claims to be, even though he cleverly hides behind a cloak of false modesty. It is no secret that earlier in his “prophetic” career, Denver summarily dismissed Section 110 of the Doctrine & Covenants which is the vision Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received of the LORD and the prophets Moses, Elias and Elijah. He claimed that there was no corroborating evidence that it was true because Joseph and Oliver never spoke openly about it for the rest of their lives. Recall that the third person account written by Warren Cowdery (Oliver’s brother) was written in Joseph’s journal of 1836 and then there was nothing written after it. Inexplicably, Joseph stopped writing after the vision for an extended period of time. The journals found their way to SLC with Brigham Young and were discovered in the 1850’s. To Brigham’s credit, the vision was published (this time in 1st person) in the 1876 version of the D&C.
In producing their revision of the scriptures (they use the term restoration) Denver instructed his followers to leave out Section 110. However, in a reversal, Denver just recently received a supposed revelation from the Lord that reveals the “true” version of the vision. Here is Denver’s new version, the entire “revelation” can be seen HERE:
I instruct my people to add to their records the following writings:
You have eliminated the account of the revelation of April 3, 1836. Therefore add the following account to your record:
On the third day of April 1836 Joseph and Oliver were in the temple in Kirtland, Ohio, The veil was taken from their minds, and the eyes of their understanding were opened. They saw the Lord in his glory standing above them and the breastwork of the pulpit; and under his feet appeared as it were a paved work of pure gold, in color like amber. His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying:
I am the Alpha and the Omega; I am he who was slain, I am he who lives; I am your advocate with the Father. Behold, your sins are forgiven you; you are clean before me; therefore, lift up your heads and rejoice. Let the hearts of your brethren also rejoice, and let the hearts of all my people rejoice, who have, with their might, built this house to my name. For behold, I have accepted this house, and my name shall be here; and I will manifest myself to my people in mercy in this house. Yea, I will appear unto my servants, and speak unto them with mine own voice, if my people will keep my commandments, and do not pollute this holy house.
Behold and see: the hearts of thousands and tens of thousands shall greatly rejoice in consequence of theblessingsthat shall be poured out, and the endowment with which my servants will be endowed in this house. Behold: the fame of this house shall spread to foreign lands; and this is the beginning of the blessings I shall pour out upon my people.
Even so. Amen.
As this vision closed, the heavens were again opened to their view, and they saw and beheld, and were endowed with knowledge from the beginning of this creation to the ends thereof. And they were shown unspeakable things from the sealed record of Heaven which man is not capable of making known but must be revealed by the Powers of Heaven.
They beheld Michael, the archangel; Gabriel and Raphael, and divers angels, from Michael or Adam down to the end of time, showing in turns their dispensations, their rights, their keys, their honors, their majesty and glory, and the Powers of their Priesthood; giving line upon line, precept upon precept; endowing them with knowledge, even here a little, and there a little; holding forth hope for the work God was yet to perform, even the revelation of all things which are to come upon the earth until the return of the Lord in glory with His holy angels—to pour out judgment upon the world, and to reward the righteous.
And they were unable to take it in; therefore they were commanded to pray and ask to comprehend by the power of the Spirit, to bring all things to their remembrance, even the Record of Heaven which would abide in them. Amen and Amen.
The first half of the “revelation” up to the first “Amen” is very close to the original with very minor changes. However, the subterfuge starts in the second half which completely eliminates the visits of Moses (to deliver the keys of the gathering of Israel), Elias (to deliver the keys of the Dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham) and Elijah (to declare that the time has fully come as spoken of by Malachi).
The reason, I believe, that Denver wanted to eliminate these passages revolves around his claim that the LDS Church held the priesthood up until the time that he, Denver Snuffer, was excommunicated several years ago. What Section 110 is actually teaching is that the LDS Church was downgraded long before Denver was kicked out. That is the secret and the blindness that are up the restorationist churches, especially the Mormons. The Dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham is a preparatory gospel, not the fulness that Denver claimed to be part of prior to his being EXed. This explains why the Mormons are off in the “wilderness” where the Lord is not speaking to them for a period of time until they repent and accept the true servants who will return with the Melchizedek Priesthood prior to the return of the Savior. Additionally, the scriptures plainly testify that Zion will be redeemed WITH POWER, not through some organic process that is promoted by Snuffer.
The sophistry here is staggering, folks. Section 110 is a true vision and revelation that conveys very important information that has been eliminated by Snuffer. Now he says there was actually a vision but he has eviscerated the true substance and meaning of the visit of the ancient patriarchs by writing their message out of the script. Unbelievable.
Denver also claims to have been given the new name of “David” by the Lord, a clear reference to the Davidic Servant who is to work a great work in the latter-days. I can guarantee you that Denver is NOT the Davidic Servant. He is not the one mighty and strong. He is not going to lead us to Zion. That is the purview of Joseph Smith and him alone (see D&C 101 and 103). The marvelous work and a wonder is a future event, that will happen when the “first laborers” return to fulfill the mission they failed to complete the first time around. The Snufferite movement is doomed to ultimate failure as it seeks ever more to re-write the word of the Lord to suit their own ends. You will also notice, if you follow the link above that he has re-written the revelation that we know as Section 132 on marriage.
I have to hand it to Denver. The hubris and temerity to try to get away with what he is attempting is mind-boggling. By changing scripture he will further lead people away from the truth. I understand the desire for fellowship among those who just want to serve Christ. I applaud the attempts to take care of the poor and be Christians in the truest sense. But PLEASE do not let that desire for community blind you to what is going on.
Snuffer’s sleight of hand smacks of what he really is — a very clever lawyer and an excellent deceiver.