My name is Brian Zang, and my wife, Nikki, and I live in beautiful Cache Valley, UT with our five kids. I work as an IT Manager and assistant CFO and Nikki is a stay-at-home mom. We love the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and look forward to sharing the teachings of the Book of Mormon with others under the canopy of Mormonism as the quest for all truth, outside of institutional control.

We have resigned from the LDS Church due to reasons explained in the attached resignation letter. As you’ll read, this is not the path that we recommend for others. It is what was best for us given our circumstances. We encourage everyone to participate in the church of their choice, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (in fact, we still attend some functions from time to time), and only intend to help facilitate authoritative ordinances for those believing in the doctrine of Christ as contained in 3 Nephi 11:32-40.

Any theological errors of churches brought up in these posts doesn’t necessarily detract from the good that some of their programs provide, as they offer virtuous service to their communities in many ways.

Click Here to view our resignation letter.

Joseph Smith left a lot of unanswered questions with his untimely death. Ever since the days of Brigham Young, leaders have admittedly been confused on many points and not sure how to proceed. In other ways their ambitions have clouded their minds. Following the admonition of the Lord in D&C 88:77, Denver Snuffer Jr taught the doctrines of the kingdom as any member is supposed to do, using only the standard works and the teachings of Joseph Smith. His expounding according to his duty as a regular Church member has shed more light on the Restored Gospel than any other has been able to attain to previously, as witnessed by his many writings which always admonished loyalty to the Church. The leaders today were then faced with persuasive, plain, explanations of the fullness of the Gospel as contained in the Book of Mormon and other scriptures, with many difficult problems solved with these expositions. Denver did so with gentle admonishing (see D&C 6:19), and without any ambition to command those who are at the head of the Church (see D&C 28:6), and at the command of the Lord (http://denversnuffer.com/the-second-comforter/). The leaders then faced a choice: rejoice in the light shed on the Restored Gospel as shared by one of the lowliest of the members, as they had done with the writings of other lay members like Hugh Nibley, or reject the plain truth and persecute a faithful servant of The Lord. They chose to persecute a faithful servant who followed all of their rules without compromise, who stood, by their own standards and by his own Stake President’s testimony (http://denversnuffer.com/2014/11/history-is-not-a-sin/), a worthy temple recommend holder on the day of his excommunication.

In excommunicating an innocent man, after having the Gospel explained to them in plainness so they could not err (see Alma 9:5-6 and Alma 37:6), they no longer had a cloak for their sins through ignorance (see John 15:22) and they stood accountable for rejecting a humble servant, even though Denver was one of the least as a regular member. This pattern of excommunicating faithful members has continued. Therefore, as can be affirmed through sincere prayer and according to the pattern in scripture (see D&C 121:37), the Lord has terminated the Priesthood of all General Authorities who voted to sustain the local leaders who excommunicated Denver, and as of the April 2014 General Conference when this vote took place, the LDS Church lost all rights to claim it is led by the Priesthood of God as a whole body. Concerning the Lord’s rejection of the institution, it appears in hindsight that Denver’s excommunication is the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back after years of culminating priestcraft and abuse. The LDS Church is now as any other religious denomination with its mix of good and bad influences, and can still be a benefit to others, but saving ordinances must now be obtained through any of the remnant of Priesthood holders who have not condemned the scriptures or the innocent in their hearts, who continue faithful until they become accountable for any new light God sheds on the scriptures as well, or who, having learned more accurate meanings of the scriptures through seeking to learn how God is moving again for the salvation of mankind, so rises up to reconnect with God and have their Priesthood renewed as prophesied by Isaiah (see 2 Nephi 14) and according to the pattern of Alma the Elder (Mosiah 18:1). Some of these men who remain faithful or who so rise up may still be active in the LDS Church, and there provide blessings to those who seek them in faith, but the day has fully come that everyone must be sure they are pleasing the Lord alone and not man in seeking for the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These things were not done in a corner (see Acts 26:26 and the rest of that chapter). We know by the portion of God’s Spirit that is within us that this is the case, and that anyone can study this out and discern for themselves that this is the true nature of the current dilemma that the LDS Church finds itself in, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Including Denver and another witness who have seen the Father and the Son, as well as a third witness, Denver’s recent book testifies of these events http://denversnuffer.com/preserving-the-restoration/ . According to the law of witnesses, this makes these claims worthy of consideration, but a thorough review and sincere prayer can only find out if they are witnessing the truth.

-Brian and Nikki Zang

September 25, 2014, updated September 29, 2015

This site is intended to be mainly a question and answer format concerning the use of the Priesthood outside of a church structure. It is intended to answer questions about jurisdiction and alleviate concerns about following the Lord’s commands in modern-day scripture, despite what policies men implement in handbooks or otherwise in their churches or societies.

We understand this may put others at odds with their ecclesiastical leaders, or with other family members, so we have tried to develop answers from the scriptures that may help avoid contention and disharmony. We realize not all conflicts can be avoided, and if there is a greater need to maintain a relationship and avoid stirring up arguments and disagreements, than this information is probably best left for another time. Go and serve others and serve God.

But, if you already believe there is more to be gained from the scriptures than what you currently are being taught, and struggle to find ways to approach difficult subjects, than this site may be a worthwhile resource for you.

In any event, this site is also to help facilitate publishing the good news of God’s ongoing work, and to connect the people of Cache Valley, Utah (or anyone else, for that matter), to authoritative baptism or re-baptism according to the doctrine of Christ, by proper authority from those who hold the Priesthood of God and are willing to perform the ordinances according to the Lord’s prescribed way in the scriptures (3 Nephi 11:21-30).

If you have any questions that you feel would be good to have answered, or have a good answer to a difficult problem regarding baptism and re-baptism, then feel free to send in a comment. If there is value enough for a post to address the concern, we will try our best to respond, but most, if not all, answers can be found in the standard works and the Prophet Joseph Smith’s teachings.

This site is not an attempt to cover all of the bases and we don’t pretend to have all of the answers either, but firmly believe the resounding declaration of the Restoration itself, “if anyone lack wisdom, let him ask of God” (James 1:5).