Brigham Young is a different kind of false prophet than Denver Snuffer. There are two kinds. One false prophet comes wearing sheep’s clothing, and the other comes without.
Denver Snuffer was excommunicated from the church. He never had the cloak of authority.
Brigham Young, on the other hand, did have a priesthood calling. He had sheep’s clothing.
Now, my contention is that his priesthood calling was NOT the priesthood calling that many believe him to have had.
Brigham Young had authority, but not the authority that allowed him to reign over God’s people.
While the LDS have forever believed him to be one of the Twelve Apostles, I, myself, do not believe he was ever such a thing.
I do not believe the Twelve Apostles were ever called to the earth during Joseph’s Smith ministry.
Before the church was established, Joseph Smith received a revelation (D&C 18) that was for both Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer. They were given the duty of finding the disciples of Christ who would be the last days Twelve Apostles.
Just as there was Twelve Apostles in the meridian of time, there would again be Twelve Apostles walking the earth.
Imagine living in such a time as this. Imagine how exciting it would be to know that Twelve Apostles would again be called to declare the gospel to the world.
The interesting thing is:
Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer would never find them.
They were told to “search out the Twelve, who shall have the desires of which I have spoken. And by their desires and their works you shall know them.” (D&C 18:38-39)
After this revelation, the church was soon established, yet the finding of the Twelve Apostles seemed to be put on hiatus. Even when the Melchizedek priesthood was restored to the earth in 1831, they STILL did not ordain the Twelve.
Were they uninspired? Or slothful?
According to God, they were both called to the same calling as that of Paul! Oliver and David were prophets of God and were doing exactly what God wanted them.
Nearly six years later after being told to search out the Twelve, they FINALLY ordained a group of men to be apostles– including, of course, Brigham Young.
This happened in 1835, after the fulness of the gospel had been rejected and lost from the earth.
So why did God want them to wait until 1835, when the fulness of the gospel/priesthood was no longer on the earth?
The Twelve ordained in 1835 were never ordained to be legitimate Twelve Apostles. Without the fulness of the priesthood, they would only be referred to as Twelve travelling councilors; or, simply, the Twelve.
When ordained in 1835, they were told by Oliver Cowdery, “Your ordination is not full and complete till God has laid his hand upon you.”
The Twelve that were ordained in 1835 would never receive a full ordination.
In D&C 112, we learn that these Twelve were not even yet converted to the gospel, full of temptation and sin.
Does this sound like the Twelve that Oliver and David were told to find: “the Twelve are they who shall desire to take upon them my name with full purpose of heart.” (v. 27)
Not to me, no.
Were BY and company the kind of disciples that the Lord Jesus Christ would call to represent him? If you read their sermons out of the Journal of Discourses, it’s not hard to realize how truly evil they were. They believed and did despicable things, all in the name of God.
They were told in Section 112 that if they didn’t stiffen their necks or harden their hearts, God would heal them.
I do not believe this was the case; they fell deeper and deeper into sin. Yet because of their priesthood calling, the Saints believed they were called of God to lead and guide them.
I could list all the evil practices and beliefs that the Twelve committed and perpetuated– and it would be such a long list– but that would be a distraction.
I want to return back to Section 18.
Oliver and David were told that by them God would work a marvelous work among the children of men. Because the Marvelous Work is still a future event, we know that Oliver and David will return to the earth.
As part of this work, Oliver and David will fulfill their calling. They will ordain the true Twelve Apostles unto the fulness of that calling, with the fulness of the priesthood.
These are the Twelve Apostles that will go into the world and do the things that the original Twelve Apostles once did.
Because I believe the Marvelous Work is about to occur, it is likely that Oliver and David are on the earth at this very moment… searching out the Twelve… who are walking amongst us, probably still unaware of the calling they are about to receive.