This means you have been visited by the Lord.1 Faith was always intended to grow into knowledge.2 Knowledge comes from contact with Jesus Christ (Ether 1:14). This is the knowledge that saves and nothing else (John 9:18). The idea that knowledge of Christ through His personal appearance to you is now unavailable is an old sectarian notion and is false (John 9:8, D&C 130:3).3 Knowing God is Christ’s definition of Eternal life and salvation. Joseph Smith clarified this does not mean to learn something about Him. Rather, it is to meet Him. It is to have Him minister to you, face to face, as one man speaks to another.4 Since this is life Eternal, to know Him, would it be a simple and plain, but most precious teaching to urge people to part the veil of unbelief and behold their Lord (John 9:18)?5

1 “1 Nephi 14:5,” July 6, 2010, comment to blog post.

2 “Faith, Belief, Knowledge,” March 16, 2010,

3 “The Whole Not the Parts,” December 28, 2011, WJS, 169, 267n3. See note 14.

4 Passing the Heavenly Gift, 463-464.

5 “3 Nephi 13:31-32,” June 29, 2010,


Other resources:

Denver Snuffer Blog, “The Whole Not the Parts,” 12/28/2011

We go from unbelief to belief when we learn truth. Not every source, including institutional sources, can be trusted to tell you the truth. Only the light of Christ, followed by the Holy Ghost is a reliable guide to distinguish between unbelief and belief. We go from belief to faith as we take action consistent with belief in truth. Faith is a principle of power. It will lead you to receive angels who still minister to those of a sound mind, not given to flights of fantasy or unstable behavior (Moroni 7: 30). We are brought from faith to knowledge as angels prepare us through their ministry. (Moroni 7: 31Moroni 7: 25Alma 32: 23.) Knowledge comes from contact with Jesus Christ. (Ether 3: 19.) This is the knowledge that saves, and nothing else. (John 17: 3.) The idea that knowledge of Christ through His personal appearance to you is now unavailable is an old sectarian notion and is false. (John 14: 23D&C 130: 3.)

Denver Snuffer, Passing the Heavenly Gift, page 464:

We are expected to learn of Him [God] through revelation. Ultimately, the final revelation comes when He reveals Himself:

‘When we begin to learn this way, we begin to learn the only true God, and what kind of a being we have got to worship. Having a knowledge of God, we begin to know how to approach him, and how to ask so as to receive an answer. When we understand the character of God, and know how to come to him, he begins to unfold the heavens to use, and to tell us all about. When we are ready to come to him, he is ready to come to us.’ (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, page 349-350).

T&C Book of Abraham 3:2

2 Now, after the Lord had withdrawn from speaking to me and withdrawn his face from me, I said in mine heart, Thy servant has sought thee earnestly, now I have found thee.

NC Ether 5:8

8 And now I, Moroni, bid farewell unto the gentiles, yea, and also unto my brethren, whom I love, until we shall meet before the judgment seat of Christ, where all men shall know that my garments are not spotted with your blood. And then shall ye know that I have seen Jesus, and that he hath talked with me face to face, and that he told me in plain humility, even as a man telleth another in mine own language, concerning these things. And only a few have I written because of my weakness in writing. And now I would commend you to seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written, that the grace of God the Father and also the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of them, may be and abide in you forever. Amen.