Denver Snuffer Jr.

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Denver Snuffer
Religion (Independent Mormon) Restorationist and
supra-denominational Christian[1]
Church Utah Believers Group
Alma mater Daniel Webster Junior College
McMurry University
Brigham Young University (J.D., 1980)
Personal
Nationality American
Home town Mountain Home, Idaho
Born Denver Carlos Snuffer Jr.
Children Six daughters and two sons[2]
Senior posting
Based in Sandy, Utah
Religious career
Profession Author
Attorney[3]
Previous post LDS Church Sandy Crescent Stake high council[4]
(Excommunicated from mainstream LDS in 2013)
Present post Principal preparer for and inspirer of Remnant movement fellowships
Website denversnuffer.com

Denver Carlos Snuffer Jr.[5] is a Utah lawyer, an author of Restorationist devotional books, a lecturer, a speculative theologian, and a revelator to fellowships of the Remnant movement, a spiritual movement in schism with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The movement has a few thousand adherents, many of them members or former members of the mainstream LDS Church.[6] He was excommunicated by the LDS Church in 2013 for refusing to cease publication of his 2011 book, Passing the Heavenly Gift which challenges many points of LDS orthodoxy. He subsequently has been identified as a prophet by many of his brethren, and several of his teachings have been canonized by his brethren as scripture.[7]

Biography[edit]

Snuffer grew up in a devoutly Baptist household[8] in Mountain Home, Idaho[9][10] and in 1973 converted to the LDS Church in New Hampshire during very early adulthood. He received undergraduate degrees from Daniel Webster Junior College and McMurry University and a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Peggy Fletcher Stack, religion columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune, has interpreted Snuffer's main thesis in Passing the Heavenly Gift, to be that "every Mormon prophet, starting with Brigham Young, caved to social, political and legal pressures to accommodate mainstream American society".[11] Snuffer states in the book that he has seen and spoken with Jesus.[11] A 2012 episode of Mormon Stories Podcast described Snuffer as a "progressive, fundamentalist, non-polygamist Mormon lawyer who claims to have seen Christ".[12] Snuffer has characterized this description of him as sensationalized.[13]

Snuffer's book, The Second Comforter: Conversing With the Lord Through the Veil, claims to outline the process for receiving a personal visitation from the resurrected Jesus.[12]

In August 2013, Snuffer's Sandy, Utah, stake president informed him that the continued publication of Passing the Heavenly Gift specifically constituted apostasy since the "book's thesis is in direct conflict with church doctrine."[11] The only way Snuffer could avoid church discipline was to cease its publication[11] and to cancel a planned speaking tour that was thought to be for promoting the ideas expressed in the book.[14] Snuffer's negotiations with his stake president resulted in an impasse—with Snuffer claiming that his stake president received instructions from LDS Church leaders in Salt Lake City to proceed[11]—and he was excommunicated from the church in September 2013.[15] In November 2013, Snuffer said his appeal to the First Presidency of the church to have the excommunication reversed was denied.[16]

Christian fellowships of "the Remnant" movement[edit]

In the past, Snuffer intended Passing the Heavenly Gift and his other works to promote loyalty to the LDS Church[17][18] and did not believe he would be instrumental in starting a new religion.[19] In 2014, Snuffer said that "the Lord terminated the priesthood authority" of all church leadership who were involved in his excommunication,[20] including the First Presidency. Since that time, Snuffer has been at the center of a loosely organized movement who now see him as a prophet. As of 2017, approximately 50 fellowships worldwide have registered on an affiliated website.[21] Fellowships adherents gathered in conferences in 2016 and 2017,[22] the latter of which resulted in Snuffer's teachings being canonized as scripture.[23] The movement's canon now consists of, among other texts, a reworking of scripture from the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the Book of Mormon, Snuffer's expanded translation of the Book of John, and several of Snuffer's own revelations.[24] The movement is notable for a de-emphasis on hierarchy and organization, with some fellowships (for example, the movement's Minnesota fellowship) claiming to have no leadership.[25]

Movement fellowships appears to draw largely from members or former members of the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has led some LDS Church authorities to identify Snuffer and his teachings as a vehicle for leading people out of that church. In 2017, the website MormonLeaks published a PowerPoint presentation that was shown in 2015 to that church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In it, Snuffer was identified as one of 17 "Issues and Ideas Leading People Away" from mainstream LDS doctrine.[26]

In September, 2017 Snuffer helped organize the Covenant of Christ Conference in Boise, Idaho at the Egyptian Theater. The conference voted on the canonization of scripture, and discussed the building of a temple. [27][28]

Publications[edit]

Books
Selected articles
Revelations and scriptural texts

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ christianreformation500years.info
  2. ^ Salt, The (2013-09-12). "Controversial Mormon writer gets the word: He's out of the church - The Salt Lake Tribune". Sltrib.com. Retrieved 2017-10-30. 
  3. ^ "Nelson, Snuffer, Dahle & Poulsen, P.C., Attorneys At Law | Law Firm Sandy". Nsdplaw.com. Retrieved 2018-03-15. 
  4. ^ Sandy, Utah
  5. ^ ByH Wilde (2016-10-22). "El Segundo Consolador: Conversando con El Senor a traves del Velo (Spanish Edition): Mr. Denver Carlos Snuffer Jr.: 9780989150392: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2017-10-27. 
  6. ^ Fletcher, Peggy (2017-08-27). "An offshoot of the Mormon church is drawing away members. But what does the 'Remnant' believe — and will it last? - The Salt Lake Tribune". Sltrib.com. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  7. ^ https://wheatandtares.org/2017/03/22/denver-snuffers-teachings-to-be-canonized/ "Denver Snuffer’s Teachings to be Canonized as Scripture" March 22, 2017]
  8. ^ May 8, 2011March 4, 2015 (2011-05-08). "Baptist Archives — Denver Snuffer". Denversnuffer.com. Retrieved 2018-03-15. 
  9. ^ Denver Snuffer (2014-08-15). "from the desk of Denver Snuffer: Sunstone Q&A". Denversnuffer.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2018-03-15. 
  10. ^ "Wayne Waters Condolences | Idaho Statesman". M.legacy.com. Retrieved 2018-03-15. 
  11. ^ a b c d e Peggy Fletcher Stack, "Mormon writer who says church always caves to mainstream may be cast out", The Salt Lake Tribune, 2013-09-06.
  12. ^ a b "321-322: Denver Snuffer – A Progressive, Fundamentalist, Non-Polygamist Mormon Lawyer Who Claims to Have Seen Christ", Mormon Stories Podcast, 2012-02-12.
  13. ^ "First Impressions", from the desk of Denver Snuffer, February 15, 2012
  14. ^ "Notice of Disciplinary Council", "Don't call me. (Yes, that means you too!)", from the desk of Denver Snuffer (blog), August 23, 2013.
  15. ^ Peggy Fletcher Stack, "Controversial Mormon writer gets the word: He’s out of the church", The Salt Lake Tribune, 2013-09-12.
  16. ^ "Appeal Letter", "Appeal Letter", from the desk of Denver Snuffer (blog), November 21, 2013.
  17. ^ Passing the Heavenly Gift (Mill Creek Press, 2011), pp. 5, 400, 499. ISBN 9780615528960
  18. ^ "Understanding How To Read PTHG", from the desk of Denver Snuffer, October 23, 2013
  19. ^ "I Will Not Start a Church" October 18. 2013
  20. ^ "An End of Authority", September 9, 2014
  21. ^ "Fellowship Locator"
  22. ^ "Past Doctrine of Christ Conferences", June 15, 2017
  23. ^ [https://wheatandtares.org/2017/03/22/denver-snuffers-teachings-to-be-canonized "
  24. ^ "Denver Snuffer's Teachings to be Canonized as Scripture" March 22, 2017
  25. ^ [1] "Fellowship Details: Minnesota Fellowship
  26. ^ "Mormon Church Challenges Legality of Leaked Documents" March 15, 2017
  27. ^ Boise Believers Fellowship (2017)http://www.covenantofchristconference.com/past/2017/Boise/index.php
  28. ^ Stack, P.F. "An offshoot of the Mormon church is drawing away members. But what does the ‘Remnant’ believe — and will it last?" August 27, 2017 Salt Lake Tribune. Accessed at: http://www.sltrib.com/religion/local/2017/08/27/denver-snuffers-offshoot-is-drawing-away-mormons-with-the-mantra-god-can-talk-to-you-too-but-will-these-freewheeling-fellowships-last/
  29. ^ "Discoveries in Chiasmus - A Pattern in All Things: Yvonne (Compiler) And Denver Snuffer And Greg Carlston And Scott L. Vanatter & Jared R. Demke Bent: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  30. ^ "Essays: Three Degrees: Denver C. Snuffer Jr.: 9780989150354: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  31. ^ "Preserving the Restoration: Denver C. Snuffer Jr.: 9780989150361: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  32. ^ "A Man Without Doubt: Denver C. Snuffer Jr.: 9780989150378: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 

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