Today is Mother’s day, and Terri, Jessica and I all spoke in Sacrament Meeting. Since I spoke with few notes, I can’t easily Un-Blog what I said. I wish I could because the Spirit was sweetly present. I hope to be able to write it down in a few days to share it with my Mother who lives a long ways away, and of course my Friends of the Un-Blog.
In addition to the special dinner (and cleanup), the phone calls, cards, presents, signs on the walls and balloons, I continued with editing FTL. With apologizes for not properly Un-Blogging for several days, I want to share with you the new introduction to FTL. In the meantime, just a couple more days and I will be back on the top of the Un-Blog mountain. I Promise.
Every journey begins with a single step. No matter how distant or near the destination, that first step is not optional. To fail to begin is to fail the entire journey.
With the process of obtaining the greater latter-day blessings and the stature of righteousness, that first step is learning to hear and then to obey the voice of revelation in one’s soul. There is no other first step. There is no other process. There is no other path.
The purpose of this book is to make personal revelation easy to recognize and to implement in your life. There truly is a way. It is not complicated, nor is it intended for prophets and apostles alone. Anyone can learn to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and to walk the path of righteousness to its glorious end.
Now we live in a dispensation of the gospel whose primary objective is to build a society worthy to dwell in the presence of our returning Christ. When we actually understand what we are being asked to do, it is a calling and obligation that may seem beyond our capacity. But, it is not. There is a sweet and empowering pathway directly before us which each of us can identify and walk.
The process is actually very simple. When we allow Christ to become our shepherd by taking the Holy Spirit as our guide, then He begins to change us. This is the empowering aspect of the atonement. He not only causes us to see our potential, he vastly upgrades it. He doesn’t just forgive us of our sins, he armors us against them. He doesn’t just give us a glimpse of the glorious blessings in store; He enables us to obtain them.
Every time we yield our will to Christ’s, something divine happens – we become more and more like him.
When you read the scriptures and survey the lives of the noble and great ones of previous gospel dispensations, you are not reading the lives of the extraordinarily talented. You are reading the lives the extraordinarily obedient. They all started with no greater advantage or genius or strength than most of us.
This book is written with the hope of helping us reach our fullest potential in righteousness. These principles will enable us to walk in constant revelation, and to know the correct choice in every decision that matters to our exaltation.
This book is like the owner’s manual we were sent to earth without. Within it is the grand key to finding the straight and narrow path. It is a mystery revealed, a door opened, a divine gift. Within you will find the key to receiving answers to your prayers, daily guidance, personal revelation, prophetic understating, power in the priesthood, rebirth of the Spirit, calling and election and much more.
© May 2011, John M. Pontius, all rights reserved. Non-commercial reproduction permitted.