Denver Snuffer and the Remnant Movement
Who is Denver Snuffer?
Denver Snuffer[BIO] is a Utah lawyer and the religious leader of “Remnant fellowships” (sometimes referred to as the Snufferites), a break-off from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Following his excommunication in 2013, Snuffer claimed that God terminated the Church's authority but sustained his own.
Why was Denver Snuffer excommunicated in 2013?
What is Passing the Heavenly Gift about?
The book is a revision of early Church history written by Snuffer. It argues that Joseph Smith was initially directed by God, but by 1841, Joseph and the early Saints lost divine approval through faithlessness.
The book asserts that since Joseph's death, the Church of Jesus Christ has continued under God's condemnation by yielding to social pressures and becoming more corporate. The book's title refers to the "heavenly gift" of the Restoration, prophesied to pass to a faithful remnant of Church members.
What is the “Remnants” movement all about?
The Remnant movement is about establishing a more grassroots experience of the Restoration than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers. That means less leadership and organization and a bigger emphasis on individual expressions of revelation. Receiving personal visits from angels and Christ is an important part of Remnant beliefs. The name "Remnant" refers to their idea of remaining in the full covenant, i.e., not the misled state they believe the Church of Jesus Christ is in.
How many people are involved in the "Remnant" movement?
It was reported in 2017 that they have somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 people, but the Remnant Movement doesn't publish any official numbers, so this is just a guess.
Do they believe in the Book of Mormon?
Broadly yes, but they use their own version. Their “Restoration Edition” of the Book of Mormon professes to be closer to what Joseph Smith intended. The text they use comes from early Book of Mormon manuscripts as clarified by Remnant study groups and Denver Snuffer.
What do they consider scripture?
Remnants have a modified, rearranged, and added-to version of the Latter-day Saints standard works. Instead of the Doctrine and Covenants, they have the Teachings and Commandments. The T&C has Joseph Smith’s Lectures on Faith and some revelations from Joseph Smith and Denver Snuffer. Their other two volumes of scripture are the Old Covenants (which combines the Old Testament with the Book of Moses and Joseph Smith's translations) and the New Covenants (which combines the Book of Mormon and the New Testament).
Do they believe in everything Joseph Smith taught?
Sort of. To Remnants, Joseph Smith was a prophet, but his ministry was a failed first attempt at the Restoration. As such, they devalue revelations that are about the Church as an institution.
What do they think about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
They believe it's apostate. While individuals across Remnant groups vary in their beliefs, they generally agree the Church of Jesus Christ is too worldly, corporate, concerned with wealth, regulated, and hierarchical. To them, the Church represents a failed first attempt at restoration and is under the contempt of God.
- Travis S
“Mr. Snuffer correctly identifies many inconsistencies in the corporate Church, but he fails to construct an adequate substitution. His "revelation" to change his name to David shows what he really thinks of himself and his movement.”
- Blake K
“I'll hear anybody out, and by their fruits ye shall know them. I've studied the theology of Denver Snuffer, and decided that my faith lies in a different direction. Mr. Snuffer does not give adequate attention to the nature of priesthood keys and office.”
- Deborah A.
“Snuffer seems a little weird to me. The Church sometimes feel too corporate, but I don't think Denver saw an angel. Seems like a Joseph Smith copycat. I think God make the Church more clear than Snuffer.”