In a few minutes I will begin another interview with Spencer. We finally overcame our ancient roots and figured out that we could do it via Skype. It has saved us a lot of time. Each hour with Spencer feels like it brings me closer to the full accomplishment of my mortal to-do list.
My heart is full of gratitude for my blessings. I really do delight in my life. I am surrounded by love. This book for Spencer and the Un-Blog have kept me moving forward, willing myself to breathe in and out.
Ever since I learned to distinguish the voice of the Holy Spirit, and to know that it is Jesus Christ speaking to me, I have been upon a path that has led me to blessings far greater than I ever envisioned. I have found that all of the great events and blessings to mortals in the scripture are prototypical of those blessings we can all believe in – seek and obtain. All of them.
I have also found it to be true that the struggles that defined the lives of the ancient faithful, also guard the way to those same blessings in this life. But, how grand those blessings are!
If you could see the vision of all your life in pre-mortality, who of us would not chart a course for yourself to the mountaintop of the Brother of Jared to behold the finger and then face of the Lord – even knowing that it would be an awful journey – and that your mortal self could not possibly understand until the visions came, and the heavens opened?
I believe this defines our lives, that we, each of us, individually, probably while gazing into some urim and thummim that allowed us to clearly see our future lives, did choose and schedule these fiery trials in token payment for the godly glories they would purchase – in time – after the trials – knowing that we would rejoice and rejoice and rejoice.
So here we are, seeing through a glass darkly – knowing by faith that this is the way to those things for which we pray most earnestly – (whether they be for a quiet, uneventful life, or to grand glories that define the life of the latter-day elect) receiving those very things which we, ourselves, chose.
Knowing myself as I presently do – I’m in for one heck of a ride – into Zion – into the heavens! I know, along with all of you, I chose this path, and I am eternally grateful I did.
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