I very much appreciate your comments of gratitude and support. So many of you have expressed your joy in what I have been given to understand and to write. It feels amazing to my soul that for this little time I have the chance to say something of value to many ears that are truly open and anxious to hear.
One of the dangers for a person in my position lies in having people think too much of me or what I do. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am almost paranoid about appearing to have guru status, or of appearing to have a following of people who misplace their loyalty which must remain with Jesus Christ and His living prophet, Thomas S. Monson.
I don’t want notoriety. I want everyone within the sound of my voice to maintain their faith in Jesus Christ and their loyalty and submission to this great latter-day church. All truth belongs to Jesus Christ, and He has chosen to house it in this dispensation in the LDS church as presently constituted. This is not only the way it is, it is the way it should be.
What I write has no doctrinal weight or authority. What I write is just my opinion, and doesn’t change anything. When people ask me for personal advice, I suggest they speak to their bishops. When people want priesthood blessings, I ask them to consider someone they trust within the church. I am a voice on the wind, and nothing more.
When I am given inspired words to write, I am not establishing doctrine. My words are not revelatory or prophetic. Everything I say is grounded in the writings of latter-day prophets and the scriptures. Whatever inspiration you feel comes from the simple fact that I tested these promises and found them to be true and powerful. I found it to be true that anything and everything was possible to those who believe. Standing upon that elevation of knowing, the promises in the scriptures became understandable and exciting. They aligned in single file within the corridors of my mind and ceased to be either mysterious or mysteries.
From my perspective, I am only restating in modern language what the writers of holy writ previously recorded, but which to modern eyes are seen through a glass darkly. None of this is unusual. People have understood and applied these things since Adam and Eve.
What is very, very unique I think, is that I have been able to say these things in a public forum, and in a small way to wipe away a little opacity from our “glass darkly” for a moment. Knowing these things isn’t rare – but being allowed to write them in unambiguous language seems to be exceedingly rare, and is probably a sign of the times in which we live.
The Holy Spirit seems to whisper to me that this forum and opportunity will be of short duration. I consider it a divine grace to myself, to take these precious things from my head and in an economy of words, to state in modern language, and sequential simplicity, ideas which have been so shrouded in ancient language and translation difficulties as to render these “greater things” truly “mysteries of Godliness”.
This is the wonder of the Un-Blog – not what it contains, but that it exists at all.
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