LDS church holds special meeting to denounce 'false prophets'

Dallin H. Oaks

(KUTV) Some are calling it the ''Boise Rescue.''

A high-ranking leader visited members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Idaho Saturday evening in an unusual meeting. It’s sparking speculation and discussion about the reason behind it.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, had a specific message about false prophets.

"When you follow false prophets, when you start toward apostasy, you are on the wrong side," Oaks told members of three LDS stakes. "Stand fast with the leadership of the church."

Oaks was joined by church historian Richard Turley. Together, they addressed critics of the church.

"One thing that we sometimes hear is that the church is no longer the church that was restored to the earth by the prophet Joseph," Turley said.

"Here’s another claim -- the church is focused on following the brethren instead of seeking Christ," added Oaks.

Those claims have been made by Denver Snuffer, an attorney from Sandy. Snuffer was excommunicated two years ago for spreading his ideas, including the thought that Mormons should be able to be re-baptized. He lectured about that -- in Boise.

"I know there are a lot of people that have been re-baptized," Snuffer told 2News. "I know that there are people that are blogging in the Boise area and talking about meetings that are taking place up there and fellowships that are forming."

But the church denies last weekend’s meeting came in response to any of that. Eric Hawkins, church spokesman, told 2News in a statement, "Elder Oaks was not scheduled for an assignment that weekend so decided to use his free time to visit an area with a concentration of members, knowing that some members have questions from time to time that trouble them."

Snuffer doesn't know what role -- if any -- he played.

"I don't know that I have a following,” Snuffer said. “I know that there is a group of people that is discontent."

After the audio of this meeting was posted online, it sparked a lot of discussion on blogs and other sites. Many speculated Snuffer and others like him were the reason for this meeting. Snuffer told 2News traffic to his website has spiked since the Boise gathering.

But the church insists that's not the case, and that Oaks simply saw the opportunity to visit Boise to teach important doctrines of the church.

Full audio of the meeting has been posted here.

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