My Greater Gifts

I believe some of my greater gifts this last year have been writing the Un-Blog and giving the firesides. Last year on New Years Eve, as I was just kissing my wife, the Spirit said “This is the year of the firesides.” I told her what I had heard, and she kissed me again and told me it would be wonderful. She has a lot of faith. Through this past year I have spoken at about 30 firesides. Each one was a treasure of spiritual receiving and giving.

When I lived in Alaska I was very busy in the stake and ward, but I didn’t give firesides. The Spirit had never led me to be vocal about the writing I did, and only a few close friends actually knew me as an author. When we moved to Utah that largely changed, and it is sweet and welcome. I probably gave 10 firesides in those 33 years, so 30 firesides in one year is a dramatic Spiritual gift.

I don’t know how many people realize that there is a gift that goes along with giving firesides. It is that if you have the Spirit with you abundantly, and you open our mouth and push air from your lungs, that the Spirit will direct your words, and teach you as you are speaking. It is a very interesting phenomenon to say something and then think “Hmm, I didn’t know that.” Terri actually sits with a notepad and writes down the things she has never heard me say before and we discuss and rejoice on the way home. It is a revelatory gift, and I have truly enjoyed it.

The Un-Blog probably saved my life this past year – thank you all very much. I wrote about 300 blog entries this year while I was so sick from the chemo that I could do almost nothing else. But, I could drag myself to the computer, feel the Spirit, and write a few Un-Blog lines. And, I could read your inspired replies and feel like my life had meaning – which it did, but which was hard to remember. I woke up each morning knowing I had this spiritual task to perform, and it kept my soul on the straight path and my mind focused on something other than mortal struggles.

Another tremendous gift was writing “Journey to Zion” recording Spencer’s amazing visionary experiences. I truly have been blessed by that experience. Writing it was a continual immersion on the Spirit. It was also a second or third witness to the things I had come to know about my own journey to Zion.

Another amazing and unexpected blessing was finding out that my cancer is under control. The chemo actually worked! The odds against this were very high. I kept telling the doctors to lower the dose or I would quit coming in. I was just too sick to survive. They did, and I kept improving. They don’t even know why. I do – the Lord isn’t done with me yet, and whatever I need to do in the near future is keeping me on this planet. They tell me the cancer will return, but it could be a few months or a few years. I’ll just keep riding that soap bubble until the Lord shows me a more secure way to fly.

And now, these few days before Christmas, as family gathers around us, and our hearts turn to the Child in the manger, my heart is brim with joy. Thank you Father for these blessings. Be it forever known that I rejoice in my Jesus, in my dear ones of far and near, and in my family of the Un-Blog.

I am planning to begin the New Year with an indepth discussion of the events leading up to the Second Coming and millennium, and then on to wherever the Spirit leads us.

God Bless and Merry Christmas,

Brother John

© December 2011, John M. Pontius, all rights reserved. Non-commercial reproduction permitted.


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12 Responses to My Greater Gifts

  1. jimmy tetuanui says:

    Merry Christmas to you brother Pontius. Thank you for your writings, faith, inspiring stories and teachings. My life has never been the same ever after reading your books. I also beleive that it took me 23 years to be ready for the things you had written about. Had I come across your books earlier, I might have missed it all. Thank you.

    Jimmy from Japan


  2. ken h says:

    As 2012 approaches I feel that it will be the most challenging and spiritually rewarding year of my life. May God bless us with the strength, courage, and guidance from the Holy Spirit to face and through the grace of God our Father triumph personally and collectively each and every challenge we must face. This year has been for me an awakening of my eternal soul to greater spiritual insight and growth, Much of these blessings has come to me because of this blog and the things John has written for us. Excited am I for the insights and discussions that await us all with the future blogs that John has planned concerning the second coming of Christ our Lord whose birthday we now celebrate with grateful and joyous hearts. May 2012 be the year of great preparation and triumph! Merry CHRISTmas to all!

    Ken h


  3. loralcl says:

    As others have agreed with me: Things have a way of working out the way they should- if one participates in prayer and a meaningful relationship with the Savior.
    I seldom resist events anymore, or if i do it’s only momentarily until i realize what i’m doing, i have learned to “let go and let God” as 12-Steppers say. That doesn’t mean i don’t apply effort and work towards goals. But there’s a certain point at which i now recognize that i am fighting for control and it’s not working. Then i know that the Savior has a better way, a better plan, a higher purpose, other’s needs in mind besides mine, etc. From little daily events that tell me i am loved and valued and watched-over, to life-altering events- or life-saving events. From contracting cancer, to being relieved, to doors being opened to give 30 Firesides, to………
    Merry Christmas and thank you for your efforts.


  4. FJC says:

    I can’t wait to learn more!! Keep up the good work Brother John.


  5. Cheryl Dilworth says:

    John and Terri, Thank you for all you do and write–I am always uplifted and want to be faithful to my own “journey to Zion” and my Savior. Merry Christmas to you, your family and also your dear Mother, Ann.

    Best wishes,
    formerly of Kooskia


  6. Sharon Cox says:

    Merry Christmas to you too Brother John, we love you and look forward to another wonderful year of fellowship and learning.


  7. joyT says:

    Thank you to all of the Un-Blog Family. Your insightful, inspired participation continually uplifts and edifies me. May you have a wonderful Christmas!


  8. Wendy says:

    Merry Christmas, John. You can’t realize how many lives you are blessing. We wish you and yours a wonderful hoilday.


  9. Chris says:

    May God continue to bless you as He has. I hope you continue the firesides so I get the chance to learn with you. Now, off to my daughters endowment session!


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