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JONO - As I have read Denver Snuffer's books I find them enlightening about breaking down scripture verses. However, it seems the more he talks the more anti-Mormon structure he becomes and I am not sure I like that. His books seem good reading, but his talks (tapes and lectures) always drops innuendos that the leaders move by business and not by inspiration. This man claims to have seen an angel and has been instructed to pass on the message that we should repent. He eludes to seeing Christ. This is Christ Church, would He allow this man to talk about the leadership as men being more business than spiritual. I feel there is a scripture out there that describes what type of person he is and who we ought to be watching for. Is the Church on a path that is diverting from what Joseph Smith intended it to be? Snuffer claims it to be and defends the BOM and J.S. to the hilt, but thinks we have diverted away from what Joseph Smith intended for it to be.

JOEL - First of all we have to have faith that our prophets are led by God and that if God had any information for the entire church it would only come through them. Anyone claiming to have seen a vision must understand that it was only for his own enlightenment and not something that would apply to the entire Church. There were many former church members who thought Joseph Smith himself was a fallen prophet and fell away and started their own churches, all of which have drifted even further away from what Joseph or God "intended". This Church exists on latter-day revelation from God; not solely on the "intentions" of Joseph Smith or the revelation that he received. So of course there will be important changes and adaptations made for the church to roll forth in these modern times. But the primary core doctrines will not change.
Unfortunately in this modern world even the prophet leaders have to know something about running the "business" side of this religion, although fortunately they can hire others to handle most of that for them, allowing them to concentrate on the spiritual. A few scriptures come to mind that might apply in the case of people like Denver Snuffer:

"For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them." (Acts 20:29-30)

And for those who believe in what he says:
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Tim 4: 3-4)

This church was restored after numerous revelations from God; and this is the kingdom, set up by the God of heaven, that would never be destroyed nor superseded, and the stone cut out of the mountain without hands that would become a great mountain and would fill the whole earth, as described by Daniel (Daniel 2: 44-45). God will not let his prophets be the cause of the failure of this prophecy.
If this man is so concerned about where the church is headed, does he provide these books, tapes, and talks free of charge to church members or is he trying to make money from them? He has written over 20 books, some selling for more than $50.00
Denver Snuffer was excommunicated from the church last year for refusing to cease publication of one of his books that was critical of the church leaders. One recent opinion he had of Dallin H. Oak's April conference talk about the priesthood has him actually believing that the church is setting things in motion that would allow sister missionaries to baptize new members.

Here is a statement from Snuffer's blog:
"I believe the form of Mormonism practiced by the LDS Church is in great peril at the moment. If the members do not fight to retain their religion it will continue to alter and degenerate into something very different that it was and it will fail in its purpose to bring again Zion. If the members allow the trend to continue, the church may "succeed" in the world, but it will not succeed in the mission of bringing Zion again. Like happened in the Book of Mormon, it will require another off-shoot to repent and return."

I wonder if he is setting himself up to be the leader of this new offshoot he refers to? The man may be sincere in his warnings and may have helped many to better understand the scriptures and of course I cannot judge what's in his heart, but I am smart enough to know that what he says is just his own opinion and not the opinion of God or His servants.

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