Last week we discussed how Denver Snuffer changed from believing Joseph was a polygamist, but now believes Joseph was a monogamist. I was under the impression that Denver had re-written D&C 132 (which he did on his blog), but he elected to remove 132 completely from his new set of scriptures (that we talked about 2 weeks ago.) Denver has a new revelation in section 157: 33 that says if Adam had 1 wife Eve, that should be good enough for the rest of us. While apparently he did accept polygamists in his community, he no longer associates with them, and as a result, many fundamentalists have become enemies and call his a false prophet. (I didn’t realize how polarizing he was!)
This week, we will continue with his justifications for Joseph’s monogamy, and Denver will tell us about how the Law of Adoption affected Brigham Young’s plan for succeeding Joseph Smith. We’ll focus more on the sealing power, and the polygamy affidavits were used to support polygamy that helped Brigham Young’s ascension to leadership in the Church.
Denver: But the idea of Adoption had a profound effect on the history of the Church. Because Brigham Young led the first company, they come in. This is the place. They settle down. He has himself anointed a king and a priest in the log cabin that was built. Then the king returns across the plains, back to Winter Quarters. On his way back, he runs into the company that had John Taylor and Parley Pratt in it. John Taylor and Parley Pratt had some kind of sealing adoption organization put together for the companies. They lead in the migration. When Brigham Young met them, they had reorganized the companies that they were in, contrary to the way that Brigham Young had adopted folks together in the ceremonies in Nauvoo.
Denver Snuffer welcomes people to join his movement but emphasizes that the Remnant Movement is not a church! How does that work?
GT: Your movement is the Remnant Movement. That’s kind of the name. Do you have an official name for your church?
This sounds like dual-citizenship! Denver says that the LDS Church does excommunicate members who support him, and doesn’t understand why the Church is so thin-skinned. Why do you think the Church goes after Snuffer’s supporters?
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