A Response to Denver Snuffer's Essay on Plural Marriage, Adoption, and the Supposed Falling Away of the Church – Part 2 : Façade or Reality?
Interpreter : A Journal of Mormon Scripture
The Interpreter Foundation
Part 2 of this response to Denver Snuffer's essay entitled "Plural Marriage" posted on March 22, 2015, will primarily address non-plural marriage issues as discussed in the last twenty pages. Snuffer's portrayal of adoption teachings and practices is analyzed and shown to be in error, along with his interpretation of presiding priesthood quorums as described in the Doctrine and Covenants. His primary thesis, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is in apostasy, is also examined including Snuffer's personal need for the Church to have fallen away in order to create an opening for his new visionary voice. The lack of evidence supporting such an apostasy is also reviewed including the obvious absence of any prophesied latter-day "dwindling in unbelief." Snuffer is compared to other dissidents who have come and gone over the past century showing his claims are not unexpected or original. While the Latter-day Saints could be more obedient, a core group of righteous members and leaders has always existed in the Church through which the Lord could perform His restorative works.