Recently, a conference was put together by adherents to the Denver Snuffer way of believing. I want to address a few peculiar things that I find extremely off-putting that he said in his talk.
The first alarm that went off for me is when Denver declared the “fulness of the scriptures” to be available.
This new set of scriptures does some interesting things: it includes the Lectures on Faith (a no-brainer) and it also includes revelations by Denver himself and little bonus things that Joseph said.
Much like Brigham Young with Section 130, Denver Snuffer has decided to canonize the words of Joseph Smith that the prophet never intended to canonize. Everything that Joseph revealed had to be kept in check by Sidney Rigdon. (D&C 35:23) The Lord knew Joseph would speak presumptuously, which is why he gave him a spokesman (D&C 100:9) to keep him in line with the Word of God.
Joseph taught many erroneous things.
It’s a bold thing to proclaim yourself to have the same calling that Sidney Rigdon did.
Section 132—the doctrine of commanding plural marriage—was never given to Sidney Rigdon to do his regular check-up. This is why it was never canonized. Had Sidney read it, he would have thrown it into a fire.
Denver has not removed Section 132, but has “revised” it as Section 54. He removed the uncomfortable bits, but it proves what I’ve said time and time again: Denver believes in polygamy.
In Passing the Heavenly Gift, he wrote that by marrying Fanny Alger, Joseph completed his Abrahamic sacrifice, which gave him the sealing power. This, I of course find ridiculous.
Denver, being so full of wisdom, added something of his own into the Book of Proverbs– which makes no sense at all, since that’s the Old Testament. I’m flabbergasted by the oddity of having done so.
“The eternal union of man and woman,” says Denver, “is a return to Eden before the Fall. The Temple and the ordinances found there are, for us, the return to Eden before the Fall and the completion of creation through the union of man and woman in an infinite covenant.”
Denver still believes in the Nauvoo temple ordinances! He is going to restore these in his new temple. http://www.thetemplefund.net/
By including his own 132, he proves that he has not changed his mind on this matter. He may play softball and say Joseph was not sleeping with his wives, but he believes Joseph was commanded by God to take multiple wives nonetheless.
[The women he married claimed to have had sex with Joseph. But they were just lying apparently.]
At the end of Snuffer’s address, he says polygamy is adultery. But he only rejects polygamy, “of men”; he does not reject polygamy, “of God.” Whatever is going on in, “your skull”—he says, in regards to polygamy—is wrong, but what God says on the matter is something he is apparently keeping to himself.
If you take the word of God seriously, you take the calling of Sidney Rigdon seriously.
The Pearl of Great Price was not canonized by revelation.
If Denver Snuffer had the same calling as Sidney Rigdon, he would have dissolved the POGP and separated the Book of Abraham as a singular book.
But the same mistakes have been made. He is canonizing things that were never meant to be canonized. This is just as bad as de-canonizing the Lectures on Faith.
The Wentworth Letter is scripture? I just don’t get it.
Section 133 was supposed to be the appendices of the D&C. Denver has it listed as Section 21.
But here’s the biggest alarm of all: NO SECTION 110!!!!!!! One of the most important and valuable revelations is removed.
Changes to scripture aside, I want to highlight something Denver says around fifty minutes into his talk. He declares the Work of the Father to have already commenced.
This is impossible. The Marvelous Work and a Wonder must occur FIRST.
The Work of the Father only commences once the first trumpet blows and the tares are burned.
1 Nephi 14:
17 And when the day cometh that the wrath of God is poured out upon the mother of harlots, which is the great and abominable church of all the earth, whose founder is the devil, then, at that day, the work of the Father shall commence, in preparing the way for the fulfilling of his covenants, which he hath made to his people who are of the house of Israel.
Denver Snuffer does not understand the scriptures if he believes the Work of the Father has commenced.
The Marvelous Work must occur first to gather the wheat (Gentiles) out from the tares. Once the wrath of God/tribulation occurs, THEN the Work of the Father commences in gathering all the dispersed of Israel.
In their “Pearls of Great Price”, Denver drops another logic-defying proclamation:
“On the 10th day of September, 2011 the word of the Lord said to me, You shall no longer be called Denver, but your name shall be called David.”
Denver has fully established his position as the Davidic servant of the end-times.
I’ll call him Davey Snuffer from now on.