I am still trying to figure out WordPress and how to change the Author on each post..
I have asked Chris to introduce himself and this is what he wrote.
Dear Unblog Family,
If there has been one thing that has unified John and I as “soul brothers”, it has been an unquestioned, undeviating love and testimony of our Savior.
I am constantly pondering about and in awe of Jesus Christ. In him, my hungry spirit has feasted at his table of goodness, my blind eyes have seen new colors, my lame spirit has danced, my tears turned to smiles and my weary soul has found *true* rest…
Despite over three decades of professional communication experience, I often find myself at a loss for words to describe how giving and forgiving, how understanding, how majestic, how holy – and sometimes, how humorous — our Savior is.
Although neither Shayne nor I are John Pontius, nor will we ever be able to articulate our love for Christ as eloquently as John did, I believe that many of the experiences John had in his life, and the future Unblog posts we will submit, all come from the same source.
John’s heart yearns for Zion. I believe this is why he will soon be called home, so his infectious enthusiasm for all things Zion will enjoy a much wider audience. In the Lord’s infinite wisdom, John’s zeal for Zion will continue here on this side of the veil (through media such as this blog) and the other side (through him personally). His testimony in mortality has been the wind-up; in immortality will be his toss. Although I will soon miss my friend, my brother, I’m simultaneously thrilled with the new assignment I am sure he will be given: to further and accelerate the cause of Zion to millions — truly a graduation day for him.
To all of you reading this: I will not seek to replace John. Instead, I’ll seek the influence of our Lord in furthering this, John’s greatest desire: Zion. I’ve covenanted all my skills and talents, all that I have and all that I am for this cause. Although the last thing I need is to be heard, my first priority is to help you, encourage you, to hear what our Savior has to say…to you.
To John: I cannot thank you enough for this opportunity to testify of our Lord. Someday soon, you will be shown the influence you had on my life, and others. Maybe your influence on others will be shown as branches of a tree, continually growing and expanding to such an extent, and with such good fruit, that it will overwhelm you. True, all these good things are attributable to the Savior. I get that. But still, it was your choice to help. And for that, your reward will be beyond words. In Christ, there are no goodbyes. And in Christ, there is no end. So I’ll hold onto Jesus with all that I have…so I can see you again. And you, Terri and I know when and where that will happen.
Last but not least, to my Savior: I love you. You are most precious and dear to me. You mean everything to me and my family. Thanks for answering so many of my prayers. Thanks for the magnificent atonement. Thanks for the health and happiness, talents, skills and abilities you have blessed me with so that I can point more people to you. Thank you for the truly profound testimony I have of you, of which I feel so unworthy and undeserving to have. I long for your embrace every single day, and to see you face to face. Possibly one day, we will have an interview. If so, then I can tell you personally that I adore you and I will worship you for time and all eternity.
And on that note…
…the Unblog continues.