Unforgettable


UnBlog # 517

There are a few events in my life that I will remember for as long as the memories of mortality linger throughout eternity, one of these will forever be the UnBlog Familiy Reunion 2012.

I don’t know exactly what my expectation was. I know what my hopes were, what I prayed for, how much I fussed and worried. But, I did not know what to expect. I only knew that it was for some reason the right thing to do.

From the opening song of “O Divine Redeemer” sung by my sweet wife and her sisters, I felt the powerful flow of the Spirit. I was so relieved and grateful when it came. I have done enough teaching and public speaking to know that there is only one circumstance whereby anything inspired or inspiring is said, and it is if and only if the Holy Spirit is present. When I felt that Spirit settle over that large group of about 550 people, and felt it enter into my soul, I relaxed, and I knew that whatever happened next, it would be what the Lord intended.

I had written and rewritten my address many times. When I left home I had reduced it to a few bullet points and some scriptures because I know that only the inspiration of that moment could put the right words in my mouth, and I was willing to stand up there with an empty bucket, believing the Lord would fill it in the very moment. I loved feeling the powerful flow of truth that resulted.

I loved the video presentation, and was startled, actually, to see that it perfectly echoed the words that had just come out of my mouth. I had reviewed the video of course, and had felt the Spirit urge me to play it that evening, but I hadn’t tried to harmonize my remarks with its quite startling message. In fact, I originally wanted it as a prelude to Spencer’s remarks, but when Kenneth Cope agreed to bless us, I moved it to following my address with no precognizance of how it would fit there.

I loved the speakers that followed me, Terry Keller, Michael Shannon and Shayne Holmes, who spoke with equal inspiration. Each one of them did exactly what I hoped they would, which was to tell their own story in a way that illustrated the common pathway we all share, and that with faith, belief, and reliance upon Christ, that pathway can take anyone to glorious things.

Nobody who heard Kenneth Cope sing that night will ever forget it. The spirit that he brought, his humble yet powerful testimony, his inspired lyrics and pure voice, his body language and the tears that filled his eyes as he sang about our Savior, is something I will always treasure and remember. It was majestically perfect as an introduction to Spencer. Words will fail me in describing how blessed we were to have Kenneth with us. There quite literally is no one who sings about Jesus Christ in the same reverential adoration that flows from Kenneth. You should know also that Kenneth volunteered his time to be with us.

I have never known anyone quite like Spencer. I am spiritually convinced that Spencer truly has seen all that he claims. Yet, he is so humble and self-effacing that I think he can hardly believe that 550 people would come to hear his story. He told me before, and after, that it was incomprehensible to him. Yet, the Spirit of God emanates from him when he speaks, and his story is unforgettable. I offer my eternal gratitude to Spencer for coming because he truly did not wish to be there. He came because I asked him to, and because the Spirit of the Lord authorized his being there. I know for a fact that nothing else could have enticed him to come.

In all, I can honestly say that the UnBlog Family Reunion was a highlight of my life. It was an exclamation point at the end of the sentence of my life. I praise God, and worship His Son for giving me this experience, and I give to Them any glory or goodness that comes from it.

When we came home that evening we found that our subdivision had been flooded and that all of the roads in and out of our home had been blocked all evening. There had been a mighty hailstorm. Most of the leaves were pounded off of the trees in our yard. The little plastic chairs on our back porch for the grandkids have huge holes in them from the hail. The rain that followed had sent mud sliding in torrents across our roads. If we had left even a few minutes later than we had, we would have been blockaded into our subdivision and wouldn’t have even arrived at the event. I can’t even tell you how mighty the opposition has been this last week, even to being quite literally “hell and high water”. But, our Savior is master of all, and despite everything that tried to inhibit this great evening, I am willing to believe that the UnBlog Family Reunion was everything Father intended it to be.

As my wife and I were talking quietly that evening in bed, too keyed up to rest, and too exhausted to sleep, I said something like, “I feel that there is still more the Lord wants me to do in my life, but after tonight, I feel that I could go back to Father and report that my life has been worthwhile.” And so it is.

My deep gratitude to the committee, and to the many volunteers who made it a success – and most of all to you marvelous saints of the latter-days, who came, brought your sweet spirits, and who shared this spiritually delicious evening with me.

God Bless,

Brother John

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33 Responses to Unforgettable

  1. Bryan D says:

    Bro. John,
    Thank you for doing all you needed to do to make the unblog family reunion come to place. I had stated in a post before the reunion, that it would be amazing to have this put on, but it would be ok and I would understand if you couldn’t. It wouldn’t have been ok, I and many other lives were affected much more than imagined. And believe me, I imaged a lot. It was a very special experiance, my daughter and mom were both with me. It was a surprise for my mom, she didn’t know what she was going to until we walked into the ball room. It was awesome and she loved loved it.
    Thanks again!
    Bryan D
    (Robin Williams brother)

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  2. Kathy A says:

    I would also like to add a thank you to your wife and those sisters who sang “Oh Divine Redeemer”. The song has been running through my mind and heart ever since. It truly speaks to my soul, and expresses the feelings of my heart in a way I could not–but desire to. Thank you.

    And thank you to all else who participated. Kenneth Cope’s music was inspiring. My husband came with me. He is one of those who you referred to as being brought by someone else. He is so supportive of all I do, and loves the Lord–but little nudges work best for him. He also is struggling with cancer (although the Lord is blessing him so much). But he doesn’t feel well most of the time. Spencer’s part on the program touched his heart. I am so grateful.

    How grateful I am to have found your blog–and that the Lord would allow you to share your insights and some of your experiences with us. It has expanded my understanding, strengthened my testimony, and brought joy to my soul.
    Thanks Again,

    Kathy

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    • Sharla says:

      Kathy, that song has been in my mind and heart all week as well. Terri, you and your sisters have such a beautiful blend! I almost had to pinch myself and say “Am I really hearing something this lovely right here in person?” I have definitely felt a renewed sense of listening and working to follow the spirit, and it is work! As I drove home (250 miles) from the reunion that night, I had some very interesting “discussions” with the Spirit, although I was very tired. Then came some very specific direction for me to “Exit here,” and I did, then “Park right here. Lock the door. Sleep.” I did. In exactly 20 minutes later I was awakened and went on my way, not feeling tired again until I arrived home. I felt like a child just listening and obeying and knowing I would be protected. I am so blessed by the Spirit through the information and knowledge gained from the experiences I’ve had in listening to all of John’s firesides, reading the books and attending this event. I am more and more determined to be worthy to participate in the sublime events of the future. I am working to live in Zion in my heart, right here, right now, knowing with a surety that He will make it my reality.

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  3. Kristin says:

    Wow! It was so amazing to attend the Unblog Reunion. You have done an awesome job putting it all together. I did not know much about you and your blog, except that I had found answers to gospel questions there through a couple of Google searches. And my parents occasionally read the blog and would forward your interesting posts. I had no idea what to expect, but felt that I should go.
    I love your humility, insights, friendliness, and eagerness to share. Not to mention your sense of humor! Thanks for personally greeting me and answering a couple of my questions beforehand. My dad pointed out that you could have spend that time running around taking care of logistics and preparing your thoughts. You have such a personal touch.
    I was really touched by Spencer’s experiences in many ways. I appreciate his willingness to share. I really feel closer to Christ through his experience. I put things in a whole new light to see how the entire universe is really just all about Christ. The intelligences, constantly praising Him, and Him being the military-like protection over His Zion-like people (the cloud by day…).
    Thank you so much for sharing and for making this night so affordable to me as well. 🙂

    Kristin

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    • Kristin,

      Thank you for these kind words. It really was a lovely and spiritual evening. I had so much fun meeting everyone and feeling their spirits, and the flood of the Holy Spirit. I was able to relax and meet people becuase the committee handled everything. There just wasn’t a single dropped ball. It was all because the Lord had His hand on everything that happened. But, thank you for taking the time to comment.

      John

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  4. Rusty says:

    I’m so sad that I couldn’t go to the reunion, but I’m really looking forward to hearing it when it is available. I’ve listened to your firesides many times. They are some of my favorite things to listen to when I am doing mindless data entry at work. The world is darkening and I look forward to drinking deeply of the pure water from the Spirit! Thanks in advance!

    Rusty

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  5. Regina says:

    Brother John,
    Thank you so very much for this beautiful experience – it was a spiritual feast and well worth my trip from New Mexico. Thanks to our special Brother Spencer, all of the speakers, musical performers, participants and the Committee who helped make this reunion an absolute wonder and delight. With Love and Gratitude to All, Regina

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  6. Heather V. says:

    There wasn’t any severe weather in my way but, looking back over the last month, it’s been a fight. Nonetheless I am so glad I came. It was so peaceful with the Spirit there and the Lord blessed me with some wonderful insights.

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  7. Jeannette says:

    The reunion was a delight. My husband, Daughter and I enjoyed it immensely. And I even got to be the chorister on the closing song 🙂

    We came home and tried to share Spencer’s experience as best we could, and can’t wait till we can get a copy of the book.

    Blessings to you John, for planning this wonderful evening, and blessings to Spencer for his willingness and courage in sharing his amazing experience. I will never be the same again. I feel like I’ve been given a rare gift of insight from his experience.

    Love
    Jeannette Memmott

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  8. JohnD says:

    For me this occasion is one that grew more powerful as I left and peaked Sunday evening. I can say I gained multiples more than what I actually heard spoken. As I shared some of the evening with others it became apparent to me that the spirit had added upon so much more to what my ears had heard. My mind is buzzing with what these things mean for me and others. My heart expanded, my mind was opened.
    I’m also grateful to have gained from those who attended and especially those in the “security team” I was fortunate to work with.

    And Mark K don’t forget our conversation. I’ll be waiting on the email!

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  9. Gayle Grotegut says:

    I am still feeling the intense spirit that was present at the event. I have thanked the Lord again and again for the incredible joy that I felt there. To be in a crowd of those who want Jesus Christ to be the centerpoint of their lives was so amazing. The words of those who spoke and sang just filled me to overflowing. I couldn’t sleep for hours as I reviewed my notes and savored the spirit and power that was there. Thank you to all who participated and to those who listened and filled thge room with such light! Thank you Brother John for sharing this with me. God bless you all!

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  10. Julie Wood says:

    The reunion was very meaningful for Dan and I. We appreciate so much all the time and effort you put in to making it so. I know it was a lot of work, but as you mentioned, you truly were magnified to be able to do so. The talks were wonderful. The music was extremely inspiring and set in motion the Spirit. I have always felt that nothing invites the Spirit more than beautiful music.

    I am grateful for Spencer’s willingness to come and share his witness of the events he has been blessed to experience. I am certain it was hard for him to do, as these visions and dreams are very personal, and held close to the vest.

    Thank you John for your willingness to persevere, in such a difficult time for you, on our behalf to share with us your wonderful spirit. We love and appreciate all you do in trying to prepare all of us on this blog for the second coming of our Savior. This was truly a special night for us, and I am certain for all who attended.

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  11. Leo says:

    I am new to this group but very eager to learn all I can. Will the recording include everything from the reunion or will it be necessary to edit some of it out? Also, thanks for keeping this blog. I\’m always excited when I get the email notification of a new post.

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  12. Mark K says:

    I’m sure you are flooded with comments of thanks and gratitude John. The reunion was everything and much more than I could’ve imagined. My only regret is that I was not able to meet more people. I, like you, had the privilege of sitting on the stand and looking out over all those attending. I felt as though I knew so many there and wanted so badly to talk with and meet with everyone. I felt almost panicked that time and circumstance would not permit but was comforted knowing that future circumstances will bring us together in a much more permanent and “Zion” type way. I look forward to the day! Those I did have the opportunity to meet with will remain friends through eternity, I’m sure. I felt like such a spiritual infant amongst those with whom I spoke. The understanding and words of knowledge that they shared were so matter of fact and spiritually insightful. I learned so much. As “Spencer” said, ” I bet there are at least 100 in the audience that have seen what I have seen.” I don’t doubt that and was humbled to be amongst so many ordinary common men and women living spectacular god-like lives. Their glory truly preceded them. I can’t help but feel that this event was the beginning of something much much larger and possibly the kickoff to spectacular events to follow. I am grateful the Lord sustained you so well throughout the preparations and the event itself and allowed me to be present. God bless you for all you have done.

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  13. I was unable to attend but I look forward to listening to the Unblog Reunion when it is posted online. It was brave of Spencer to honor your wish by appearing – what a blessing you all were in the lives of those in attendance. I also look forward to hearing Kenneth Cope’s soul stirring songs. When Spencer’s book comes out, I will share it with my brother and dear friends (who have already received one of your books).

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  14. cami gygi says:

    I’m still beaming and still have a bounce in my step today. What a joy it was to be there amongst so many wonderful and like minded people. So many touching moments – I didn’t want it to end. I had a personal question that Spencer answered in regards to the 144,000 and the role sisters would play in that event. A true answer to my prayer. My heart is filled and my cup runneth over. Thank you just doesn’t seem to express my gratitude for that event, but it will have to do – THANK YOU.

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  15. FJC says:

    Most impressive to me above and beyond all that was shared in this amazing program were the quality of the people who came to grow and be together. Some I have known for years, others I met for the first time, and most I never got to meet. But you could simply feel the light of Christ in each, by their smiles and the joy in their souls. There was no question in my heart that they knew who and whose they are. The room was filled with goodness.

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  16. Steve H. says:

    I was sad that I couldn’t make it, but I wrung a pretty good synopsis out of my Sister-in-Law. Looking forward to the recordings and the book. I hope you aren’t too bad off because of the flooding.

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  17. Wil Ficquet says:

    Dear John I am VERY grateful that you mentionned my family in the meeting. I wasn’t able to attend as well as my family in France. I am working in China.

    I have been learning Wushu (the chinese word for Kung Fu) for couple of years.
    But I went on my mission and got my back broken… so I didn’t practice for the last 4 years.

    When I was a kid I wanted to go to the Olympics, and I prayed for that, and did a covenant with OUR LORD, that IF ONE DAY, He gave me that Chance, and if He gave me the chance to win, I will say to ALL THE WORLD, and ALL THE PEOPLE attending, that I did what I did ONLY BECAUSE of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    By some amazing circumstances, sorry I should say by some GREAT blessings from OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, the French National Kung Fu Coach called me, and asked me if I wanted to be part of the French National Team that will participate to the 5th World Traditional Wushu Championships in China and also to the 9th China International Shaolin Wushu Festival .

    I will be the ONLY members of the Church and some government officials will be attending the 2 events.

    I didn’t practice for the last 4 years, and got my back broken on my mission that gave me some SERIOUS health problems that I am still recovering even today.

    BUT I BELIEVE IN MY LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST and I BELIEVE IN THE BOOK OF MORMON.

    I KNOW that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon by the power of the Holy Ghost and that today we have TRUE prophet called by God.

    I don’t know if you know the Story of Eric Lidell, but to make a long story short, he was participating to the Olympics in Paris the last century, refused to run on Sunday, was going to be kicked out of the team, by some miracles he was transfered to run on Monday.

    He was trained to run the 100 m, but the run he had to run on Monday was a 400 m.

    He said I WILL HONOR MY GOD FIRST.

    God Honored him, because he winned the 400 m and broke the world records of the time and it stayed the world record for 12 years.

    He wasn’t suppose to win , because he was trained for the 100 m, and just before the 400m, he had just runned a 200 m.

    He was suppose to fail but GOD BLESSED HIM because of his FAITH and OBEDIENCE.

    Brother Pontius, I am NOT perfect, but my intentions are pure and honest, China is not officially open to the Gospel, but I am here in China and doing what the Lord wants me to do.

    I have been selected to participate to an event where people that have been training for almost all there life, will also participate/

    I need a miracle, to make a miracle like Eric Lidell.

    Would it be possible for the unblogmysoul family to pray, that I could be strenghten and be an instrument between God’s hands to be HIS servant during these 2 International Events here in China and testify of OUR SAVIOR and bring Glory to His name?

    An imperfect brother that still has a VERY long way to go to qualify for Zion.

    With LOVE

    Brother Wilhem Ficquet

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  18. Kevin says:

    So glad that the reunion was a spiritual feast. Even for those of us who couldn’t be there, you had our prayers and support from afar.

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  19. Vicki says:

    I too look forward to the recording. A sincere thanks to John, Spencer, and all of the faithful Saints who attended and are willing to share the event with those who were unable to attend.

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  20. Becky says:

    I also anxiously await your recordings.

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  21. M. Kathleen Felsted says:

    We love following your blog and the Spirit that accompanies it. Thank you so much for all the sacrifices you have made that helps all of us to learn what we need to know. We wish we could have been there – but are currently serving a mission overseas. So we await the recording. We pray the Lord will continue to bless you and protect you in your life’s mission. The Felsteds

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  22. darrell brashear says:

    I am so grateful that the reunion went beyond your expectations brother John. Even as I have been writing this the Spirit led me to share this scripture with you. It reads, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform i until the day of Jesus Christ”. (Philippians 1:3-6)

    This unblog is one of those good works that He has begun in you and because of your great love and trust in Him, He will continue to perform it. I get the feeling that this reunion was only a taste of good things to come.

    Unfortunately we couldn’t make it this year, but the love I felt from you and Terri during our visit, and the love I have felt from many of my fellow unbloggers as they have comforted each other and prayed for each other and shared with each other has caused me to feel a great love in my heart for the unblog family.

    I have no idea what blessings will come from this unblog, but I feel He has only begun this good work, and when He has finished it, the blessings will be everlasting in consequence.

    brother d.

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  23. Mila says:

    Dear Brother John,

    Thank you so very much! What a glorious event it was! It was so worth it to travel from California to hear these precious words! We are now going through the notes of the delicious talks we were privileged to hear. Every talk was so precious and beautiful! Thank you to every speaker, performer and volunteer who made this event possible for us! Thank you Spencer! : ) It’s hard to express what exactly we feel with such small words.

    Mila & Ashton

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  24. Donald says:

    It was a wonderful afternoon and evening. I also loved your sense of humor… I had no idea you were such a jokester. My wife and I had a grand time! Thank you John… and all those involved. 🙂

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  25. ML Castor says:

    Blessed Friends,
    I am still in a state of awe from the depth of His Spirit that filled not only that room yesterday, but as His Spirit poured out and penetrated every heart in attendance, and the many glorious tears that were shed, that testified of Him.

    I am so very thankful to have been in the presence of beautiful fellow Brothers and Sisters of Zion to come, and the “special new friends” that have been so blessed as I have been. The gratitude I have is beyond any mortal measure.

    I testify that many more were in attendance than what mere mortal eyes could see. I also testify that the Heavens and all those that came representing and recording on behalf of, were rejoicing, as those of us that have been “received” and “beloved” by Him, were able to finally come together and be standing witnesses of Him, to all of the world………..that is “delicious”.

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  26. Debra James says:

    Waiting anxiously for our small porltion via the recording. Grateful that all went well for you in spite of all the oposition

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  27. Elder Stroud says:

    How we wished we could have been there. We watch for and read every blog, listen multiple times to every fireside, and learn something new and wonderful each time we do. We anticipate listening to the recordings of the reunion. There is a small group of Saints here in the Philippines who also read and enjoy your books brother John. We would like permission to give them a copy of the recording of the reunion so that they can rejoice also. See you when we return in February.
    Our love to you and Teri,
    Elder & Sister Stroud

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    • Yes, of course, you have my happy conscent to share whatever you find wortwhile. It will be about a week before I can post the recordings. At this point they are being edited by someone else. When I get them I will review them for centent, and then post them on http://www.followingthelight.org.

      I’ll look very much forward to meeting you in February,

      Brother John

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