Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Denver Snuffer's Books

I asked Denver about making pdf copies of his books (specifically, his book coming up, based on the lectures). I was concerned that there may be people in other countries who could not buy from Amazon (for whatever reason).

I want to share his reply so that no one reading this post will inadvertently do something illegal. I'm sure he would not mind if this information in his email was passed around. If we know someone who cannot afford to buy the book, there are those of us who can buy it for them.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Denver & Stephanie Snuffer
Date: Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 10:26 AM
Subject: Re: [from the desk of Denver Snuffer] New comment on New Website Completed.
To: LJn <antauljn@gmail.com>

The short answer is no. The long answer is that the books are protected by copyright and there are contracts in place which require them to not be copied other than through the normal purchase for sale. They are all available through Amazon, which is worldwide. Anyone can order them from anywhere in the world.

The lectures are available free. The transcripts are available free. The book will not be available except for purchase.

The contracts include distribution rights which are controlled and some significant part of the price of the book goes to a family headed by a disabled man who suffered a stroke and needs the income to provide for himself and his family. I am pleased to have him supported in part by the proceeds from book sales. When copyright laws are violated and unauthorized copies of any of the books are made without paying for the copy, this deprives a family in need of the money which would come to them if the law were respected.

It takes a great deal of work to make a book available to the public. I have given away the information in the ten lectures and transcripts which anyone can have. But the labor, expertise and arrangements which put a book into print is something which should not be taken without payment because it is something altogether different involving a number of people and their livelihoods.

No one can put a book into print without professional assistance. Those involved are only able to make books possible because they are in the business of publishing. If they are not purchased, and the information is taken without paying those involved, then I will not be able to continue to write.

E-books are not going to survive any international conflict between governments. All governments have the ability to unleash viral attacks which will make the Internet dysfunctional as soon as a conflict begins. The only thing which will survive will be printed copies of the books. The more copies that are sold, the more likely it is that they will survive into the aftermath of the next significant war. So even if it requires some sacrifice to get copies out, the more there are printed the more likely it will be for the information to survive into the future.

-Denver Snuffer

Denver Snuffer on Joseph and Plural Marriage

So, Denver made available a day or two ago a lecture on plural marriage. You can find the mp3 zipped here - and unzipped here.

That's all I'm going to write about that.

I do wish to mention something else, though.

As I was listening to the lecture, I was convicted (as born again Christians are wont to say). It had nothing to do with plural marriage or polygamy. My eyes were opened just a tad more in regards to my awful situation - our awful situation. The words of Joseph Smith kept echoing in my brain: "The Lord is not trifling with you or me."

This is serious stuff. Few will make it. Why? I don't know. Not willing to totally bow the knee to God? Not recognizing when it is the Lord who is speaking because the messenger is unexpected? Not willing to totally let go of all our pride and falsehoods?

It can't possibly be because we are inherent sinners, incapable of saving ourselves. If that were the case, none of us could make it. None of us could be saved.

I look at myself and I see that I am so defective. I see that I can do nothing of myself. I lack so much knowledge. I desire my favorite sins. It is all I can do to cry to the Lord to remove my desires for lasciviousness, fear, anger, and judgmental attitudes.

"Oh, Lord, remove my sins!"

The Lord tells us that as we forgive, we will be forgiven. He tells us that if we love with His pure love, we will reap that love in return (what you cast upon the waters shall return to you).

I know something is changing in my heart because I see myself not caring when someone does something that used to throw me into a rage or, at the very least, a griping fit. I know something is changing when I become less and less worried that someone might find out that I consider Denver a true messenger, that I have been baptized by one having authority, and that I partake of the Lord's supper as often as I can in the manner described in scripture.

I even got brave enough to be exceedingly plain to my true believing sister. Her reply was awesome: 

Thanks.  I know you have told me some of this but the detail has helped me understand your journey.

I do appreciate your information.

I should not have been surprised, though. Our mother was very accepting of us and allowed us to make our own choices.

But, as usual, I go sideways of what I was originally intending to say.  Perhaps, because I cannot find the words to say it.

This is serious. This is real. We have had so many pretenders. There have been so many men (perhaps women, also, but I don't know of any) who have come up over the years saying, "The Church is off-track. I, I, have the truth! Follow me."

There is so much knowledge we don't have. So much we think we know. So much we fear. So much we condemn or fight against or ignore because it doesn't fit our paradigms.

I look at the great chasms all around me, all of the many pits to fall into (and this last lecture opened my eyes to the fact that there are a great many more than I had previously thought), and all I can do is fall on my knees and cry unto God:

Oh, God, don't let me fall! Don't let darkness claim me! I have given up many things, I am willing to give up all things. I will and am giving up all I have and all I believe. Please! Rescue me. Change my heart so that I, like the Lamanites in the Book of Mormon, come to you and never return to my filth, to my sins, to my fears.

I cannot comprehend that I would be brave, that I would gladly suffer torment and persecution for my Lord's sake. Yet that is my goal, my desire. Not to suffer, but to be united with the Gods. To be and do what I came here to become and do. To be and do what my life was spared to become and do.

May God bless us all. May all who have the tiniest willingness to escape from Satan be rescued by the hand of the Almighty God is my prayer. Amen.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

New Hymn - Oh Lord, My God

I wrote this song this morning. The tune is a Swedish folk melody, the same one we use when we sing, "How Great Thou Art." Obviously, one can see parts of that leaking through.

How this song came about: For the last few weeks, I would spontaneously sing, "Oh, Lord, my God," then stop - because what was in my heart was a plea for forgiveness, a desire to come into the Lord's presence, to stop all the sins "that so easily beset me." This morning, I decided to sit down with pencil and paper and write the song that was trying to burst through. The following is the result.

Oh Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the pains thy soul has seen.
I see the wounds, I hear the Lord's great sobbing
And shrink to watch the scene before my eyes.

Then cries my soul, "Oh, Lord, forgive my sins!
I will forgive! I will forgive."
Then bids my Lord, "My young one, come to me.
As you have loved, you will be loved."*

And through the night when I in fearful tremor
Consider the great sacrifice divine,
My soul does shrink. I see my sins in glory**
And wish to God I could erase them all.

Then cries my soul, "Oh, Lord, forgive my sins!
I will forgive! I will forgive."
Then bids my Lord, "My young one, come to me.
As you have loved, you will be loved."*

And then I see His deepest love divine
As he removes the guilt from off my heart.
I hear His words. I know His deepest pain.
His words to me, "My son, please come to me."  *** 

Then cries my soul, "Oh, Lord, forgive my sins!
I will forgive! I will forgive."
Then bids my Lord, "My young one, come to me.
As you have loved, you will be loved."*

(Written by Toni Bate, March 22, 2015)

*This is a reference to charity as written by Moroni:
[quote]43  And again, behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart.

44  If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity.

45  And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

46  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth.  Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—
47  But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

48  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure.  Amen.

Moroni 7[/quote]

**Seeing ourselves in God's glory shows us how imperfect and filthy we really are.

***(Daughter didn't fit. Child seemed awkward.)

Note: Anyone can sing this song, copying it for that purpose is permitted. This is the Lord's song, not mine.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Taking Offense - Contention

So, I wanted to go all eloquent on this blog and post the pain I've been seeing around me. Misunderstandings. Contention. Hurt feelings.

But words fail me.

I, myself, hurt someone by something I wrote without intending to do so. Their hurt made me feel terrible.

In this mass of anger and contention that I see swirling around me, attempting to drown every person involved, I see some bits of light.

I see examples of those who refuse to be sucked into raging against those who rage against them. I see those to whom God is more important than how others treat them. These people struggle to forgive and heal - and because of their faith and dependence on the Lord, they do forgive. They do heal.

I was given this wise bit of advice a couple of hours ago:

Let this pain work in the manner it was intended, to bring you closer to Him, to seek His counsel and His comfort. He knows your heart and intentions.... Not us imperfect beings
 It inspired me to pray for the person I had not intended to hurt. I felt as if my prayers helped this person, who is going through a lot of pain right now.

That's the thing. People hurt. People misunderstand. Sometimes we don't get along like we think we should. That's when and where Jesus should be invited to step in. His love is perfect. Ours is not.

There is a movement under way. A movement that could very well land us in Zion. Because of that, the adversary of our souls is nervous, is threatened, and will do anything he can to prevent and destroy this effort.

He was successful with our forebears. Will we allow him to be successful with us? Or will our humility, faith in Christ, and our intense desires to succeed carry us through to victory?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Disabled Vet Needs - A Chance to Serve the Needy

A disabled veteran has had increasing health issues, which means this family needs a handicapped-friendly home. Please visit the site below and, if you feel so inclined, perhaps you can help in some way.

We now have to come up with a new home, get rid of ours and do it quickly so my husband is displaced as short a time as possible. If anyone knows of charities out there or people looking to aid others in need. Both military veterans (he did 21 in the USMC) and LDS. We still have young children at home so stability is also a major factor. For more details and to help please follow below link.

This is their website
Jerry joined the US MARINE Corp 1980, and served valiantly for 21 years, he retired with 40% disability and mild functioning physical issues. Jerry then went on to serve 3 tours overseas as a contractor. Nothing has ever slowed this Gunnery Sergeant down. We have 5 boys , oldest is now a proud Marine as well. Our other are 17 (Autistic) ,16,11,9. In February a medical issue arose that made it impossible for Jerry to continue welding to support our family. He was taken to Houston VA Hospital where he spent 3 weeks. He is now on Kidney Dialysis and in stage 3 failure. We need help. Our home is not large enough for his dialysis machine or a bed to make him comfortable. He is unable to handle steps so getting into our home is nearly impossible without great assistance. He can't bathe himself in our shower because it is too small. The tub would work but he can't get out of it once we get him in. I'm praying for help from strangers, friends, neighbors and anyone to help with our family. We need a disability home. With Jerry's VA we can get a home easily. We have to come up with moving expenses for this unit and get it sold, then getting new unit here and connected and the down payment for the new unit. Please any help with our endeavor would be greatly appreciated. All monies solely used for removal of one unit and getting new unit it place on our land. Please, any amount of help. Jerry gave years to our country, let's have the country help one of our veterans that hasn't given up.
[I corrected some spelling errors, otherwise, the above quote is exact.]