My Dear UnBlog Friends and Family,
I regret to tell you that my health continues to take a tumble. Until I can begin to feel strong enough to get off of the pain medication, I am not going to be able to continue writing Unblogs as frequently. I am not shutting down the UnBlog, but giving myself an unavoidable rest. In the meantime, I invite you to continue to read the archives of 500+ UnBlog articles. Each of them is a part of my soul, and my life’s work in bearing testimony of the reality and profundity of the promises of our Savior in these latter days.
I have truly loved writing the UnBlog. It has had the effect I needed to complete my work, that of giving me a way to open my heart and soul so I could bear witness to the precious things I have known and seen through the Spirit of God. I began writing it because I felt compelled to record these things so that they were not lost to my posterity after my life ended. It has evolved way beyond that. I never suspected that so many people would become involved, or that it would be viewed over 350,000 times in these last two years. You have been a great blessing to me. Your words and prayers have uplifted and made these last few years possible.
During these last two years that I have been ill with chemo and other struggles, the UnBlog has given me a means of daily serving God, and of making so many lovely and precious friends among you. It also gave me a divinely appointed task that made each day spiritually significant and gave me the deep comfort that among the many other things that were not happening in my life, at least my eternal mission was not stalled, but still on course.
I consider that my life would not have been complete without these last two years of writing the UnBlog, firesides, meeting so many of you, and of meeting Spencer and writing Visions of Glory with him. Now, no matter how much longer Father leaves me in this sphere, I have completed the course. I have run the good race and fought the good fight. I have seen what lies before me, and it is far more than I could have wished for. I will be glad to move forward unhampered by a desperately ill body. But, much more, I will rejoice to see this telestial world evolve into the millennial day, and to be there with each of you.
I mentioned regrets in the title, only to remind me to say – I have no regrets. There are things I would like to have done better, or sooner, or more often. But, I would not change any event or trial or struggle that has brought me to here, to now, and to this great knowledge of things as they are.
Love and tears mix so easily. My love to you all. I leave you my everlasting confessions of love for Terri, my wife, my friend, my teacher, and my true and eternal companion. Nobody knows her sacrifices in my behalf, and probably never will. But, it is only because of her kind ministrations and spiritual strength that I have been able to make it through each day. She has lifted me each day in her arms, and in her confessions of love and spiritual unity. As much as a mortal man and a woman may, I believe we have truly become one.
I also want to confess my love for all of my children. Each of them holds a precious, irreplaceable place in my soul. Each of them has brought me love and given me an opportunity to grow. My special love and deepest apology to Jessica, whose young heart bore the heaviest burden of actually watching the day-to-day struggles.
My warmest love and eternal gratitude to you all,