Dec 3, 2012
I just spoke with John on the phone, he is very weak and cannot get out of bed but wanted to send his love to everyone. He was not happy that I have not posted on the Unblog. He wants the Unblog to continue with the same spirit that he put into it. So here is the first introductory post below.
Dear Unblog Family,
I never thought I would be writing on the Unblog under any circumstances, but especially now when John is about to transition to his next assignment. Nevertheless, John has asked me to help continue the work of the Unblog, so I feel a sacred obligation to assist despite my many weaknesses, especially in writing (see Ether 12:23-24). On Sunday (11/25), I spoke with John and also visited him last Tuesday (11/20) and gave him a blessing to release him from this earthly journey. He was grateful and wants to pass from this sphere as quickly as the Lord will let him.
John and I have known each other for more than 20 years. We first met when we were both living in Alaska and began studying together weekly for several years. He is my mentor and best friend. We have shared many memorable spiritual experiences as we have studied and experienced mighty prayer together. Many of the topics on Unblog had their start with conversations we had together as we shared thoughts and scriptures and prayers.
He urged me to keep the Unblog moving forward, so I have written this to introduce myself briefly and tell you why I accepted this very difficult assignment to fill in for John. Chris has agreed to help in this work, and I am very grateful for his understanding of the scriptures and the gospel. Although we will do our best to keep the same great spirit and purpose of the Unblog as we move forwad, we will do some things slightly different from how John did it because nobody will take John’s place; he had a special way with words, which we cannot duplicate. Instead, we will write on various topics and accept posts from the Unblog family concerning those topics. Spencer will also answer questions about his book and other topics.
My testimony is simple: I cherish my relationship with my Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. They have always sustained and supported me even when I have not been as diligent as I could have been in seeking Them. I love the Holy Ghost and experience His guiding influence in my life on a daily basis. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the only true path back to Their presence. The principles shared on the Unblog help me see and follow this path. As we take the Holy Spirit to be our guide and seek the face of the Lord on a daily basis we will have wondrous experiences that will change our life forever. I pray that each of us will continue on this journey and have a joyous time doing it. I pray that John will be comforted in these last few days.
Please write the feelings of your heart that we may be all edified is my prayer.