As I reviewed the agenda for the upcoming April Conference, I noted the invitation for us to reflect on what we have received over the past few years. I decided to make a list of a few of the things of which I’m aware and share some thoughts on each of them in this and a few succeeding posts. I start with the idea of latter-day messengers sent from God.
Please forgive me for referencing myself in these musings. I am as one of you, a traveler in this lone and dreary world, a sojourner seeking safe refuge from storms and coming catastrophes. I am simply reflecting back on how my journey has changed over the past seven years in ways I had never anticipated, but as a result of diligent study and prayer.
Also, a note on the paintings, drawings and photos that illustrate the post: I do not own them, nor am I always certain who does. However, they do add color to the post and help communicate what I am trying to share. I found the featured image of Elijah calling down fire from heaven on the Jehovah’s Witness site. I am a believer that Elijah has not yet returned, as is taught in the LDS church, thus this painting has significance for me.
The Davidic Servant
Growing up in the LDS faith, I did not hear the phrase, The Davidic Servant, used from the pulpit or taught in the classroom. It wasn’t until I was an adult, seeking out the depth of the gospel through the teachings of Joseph that I was introduced to the concept. Joseph Smith referred to a servant or Davidic King on page 339 of TPJS, which I read while I was preparing for my mission in 1976. The original source is the Wilford Woodruff journal which references the fall of King David and the loss of his kingdom to a latter-day David.
“Although David was a king, he never did obtain the spirit and power of Elijah and the fullness of the Priesthood; and the Priesthood that he received, and the throne and kingdom of David is to be taken from him and given to another by the name of David in the last days, raised up out of his lineage.” I have read much commentary by others about this teaching from the Prophet Joseph, but none compare to this statement:
“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.” And concluding that section, “I expected to keep this private, and after doing so for six years, I have been commanded to make this known.” Source: T&C section 182. Thus, I became aware of this rather startling declaration in 2017, along with anyone else who happened to be paying attention.
Know Them by Their Fruits
I’ve related previously how I was introduced to the writings of Mr. Snuffer. A casual comment in a sacred place led to weeks of pondering and individual research until I decided upon a course of action – to read the writings of this man so I could judge for myself. After completing PtHG, and discussing it with the Lord in prayer, I decided I ought to read all of his books. I obtained and read each one, writing about them on my blog. I especially appreciated his first book, Conversing With the Lord Through the Veil.
Reflecting on this as I have for the past seven years, I find it amazing so few have been interested enough to pursue a serious investigation of Mr. Snuffer’s claims, especially among those who should be most open to the idea of messengers sent from outside the orthodox hierarchy. Having attended several of the presentations or lectures in 2013-14, I felt to ask the Lord directly if Mr. Snuffer was an authorized messenger sent from God. The affirmative answer was clear to me each time I asked, and even now as I write this.
The Lord has said we can know a prophet by his fruits. Mr. Snuffer has brought forth a tremendous number of fruits, works of labor, that we can use to know if this man is sent forth from the Lord to deliver a message for our day. I’ll discuss some of those in the next few posts, but ask the reader to focus on just one for this moment of reflection: the written and spoken word recorded for us to read and ponder. We have no excuse to say we don’t understand the message being delivered. It’s clearly available for all to review.
A Teacher of Righteousness
While not desiring to call attention to himself, Denver has not shied away from doing difficult things required of him. Years of training, mental exertion and faith are clear in the millions of words recorded and shared though blog postings, books, talks, lectures, conference addresses and podcasts. Since 2012, I have been a witness to and beneficiary of this man doing what the Lord has asked of him despite the criticism, opposition and misunderstanding by so many who should have welcomed what he has openly shared.
I’ve made it clear, as has Denver, that we do not follow him. It is sad to see so many who have never bothered to read more than a few words, if any, of what he has offered to the world, then jump to conclusions about his intentions. Even from Conversing With the Lord, Denver has always pointed us to Christ. Not only has he been prolific in written commentary, but he has also been focused on restoring much of what Joseph had begun. Even in the declaration of 2017, Denver has not referred to himself as the Davidic King.
When I interviewed Denver in 2015, I asked him if he considered himself a prophet. He responded, “I view my role only to be a teacher at this point. I hope to remain in that role alone.” As a beneficiary of Denver’s efforts to teach truth, I have been more motivated to stand a little taller, reach a little higher and repent more completely than ever before. You’ll find no idol worship here, but I do want to make it clear I appreciate Denver’s courage to deliver the message given him by the Lord, often at great personal sacrifice.
Additional Items to Consider
This is the first in a series of seven items I have chosen to reflect upon in preparation for the upcoming April conference. I hope you are able to ascertain I consider it a gift and blessing from God to have the work of the restoration continue through Denver Snuffer, whom I consider to be the latter-day Davidic servant prophesied by Joseph Smith. In the next installments of this post, I hope to reflect upon the work of the scripture committee, the receipt of new scripture, baptism, a new covenant, preparing for Zion and a temple.