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Passing the Heavenly Gift Paperback – August 30, 2011
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About the Author
This is the eighth book written by Denver C. Snuffer, Jr. All of them deal with Mormonism. Mr. Snuffer graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1980, and is a practicing attorney living in Sandy, Utah.
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This book examines LDS history through the lens of prophecy, noting the ways in which LDS history precisely mirrors prophecies in the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants. Things have developed and are developing just as the Lord, through prophets, said they would.
This shouldn't be any surprise at all, nor cause any concern among faithful LDS members. Of course the Lord's word is fulfilled.
The controversy lies in the fact that the prophecies in question are those the LDS church would much prefer to apply to other groups. Keeping up the appearance that "all is well" and that the LDS church "cannot be led astray" is increasingly important to the LDS church, while also increasingly difficult in the light of the greater information access afforded by the internet.
This book offers an excellent explanation of what has gone on, what is now happening, and what may yet be the glorious destiny of the LDS church, if the LDS leadership and people choose to accept and act upon the warnings specifically given in scripture.
Sadly, the LDS church leadership has chosen the opposite course, insisting the author remove this book from publication (and even offering to pay the author to do so) or face excommunication. What started as a frank look at scripture and opportunity to repent and avoid coming calamities, has now become another disgraceful exercise in control, dominion, and compulsion by heavy handed leaders who will not tolerate the mere suggestion that there may be cause to repent.
Interestingly, the author does not engage in any direct fault finding with the LDS church or leadership; rather, he simply compares prophecy with history, using quotes from contemporary sources, journals, etc. The LDS church has NOT taken any issue with any of the facts presented in the book, nor have they pointed out any errors, though the author has offered to retract and correct anything that is shown to be erroneous.
The heart of the issue is rather that the LDS leadership insists that the prophecies in question must be applied to other people and groups (who, incidentally, will never read the prophecies) and NOT to the LDS church or LDS people.
The rejection of this message and casting out of its author will yet prove to be one of the most tragic decisions in LDS history.
Denver breaks church history into 4 phases. He then provides examples of how different events and policies can be viewed in light of that framework: polygamy, blacks in the priesthood, temple ordinances, and the like. It's a helpful framework when you're asking, "What in the world is going on?"
Snuffer is a brilliant author when it comes to presenting information. While he may sometimes come off as repetitive, he does this as a process of building upon previous information to form a basis for a new understanding of Mormon history and the church. The book is informative at the least, and faith building at the best. Most all of the information is referenced with good citations that even the simplest person may use.
The book is only really recommended to those who are informed about Mormon history. Even more important is an understanding of current issues which plague the religion, but by reading this book, the reader is informed of how may of these issues can be resolved.
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