Dear Unblog Family,
I am sorry I have been so silent during these last few months since John’s passing. It has been a difficult time, as you can imagine, but the Lord has truly poured His blessings out upon us, and we are emerging from the grief now a little more every day. But, oh what miracles we have seen! This I can tell you: John is truly filled with Power in his new assignment! I have personally been blessed by him, physically as well as spiritually. He has also ministered to our children, with some manifestations that we shouldn’t have been surprised to receive – but somehow we were.
I just wanted to let you know that you remain a beautiful part of our lives. Thank you for the love that we feel daily from you sweet people. We profoundly sense your prayers, and we glory in your goodness. Thank you for being pilgrims with us on this journey to Zion, and for influencing your families, your wards and stakes, and your world in this marvelous quest. I truly can feel a wave of excitement growing as more and more Saints understand and embrace their role in the glorious future that lies ahead. There is hardly a day goes by that I don’t get positive feedback from someone whose life has been touched for good by the truth of Zion. How excited they are to be on that path!
I also want you to know that I am starting to compile a book of John’s selected Unblogs. The publisher is excited to get his hands on it ASAP, and I totally have to reorder my life in order to spend the time necessary to get this finished quickly. This project is, I am finding out, a massive job, although it is technically already written by John!
The concept for the Unblog book is to tell the story of a writer who has been told he will die soon of cancer. He decides to casually write down some of his vast experiences and spiritual perspective for his family — “un-blog my soul” he calls it. After a while more and more people follow his blogs, and soon the Unblog Family renews his joy in Christ, even as his health declines. The book will include selected blogs in chronological order, and will alternate between personal stories and more doctrinal blogs, punctuated with those one-liner blogs that tell his health story. I will heavily cross-reference and index the book, so that although the topics will appear randomly placed (in the order John wrote them), the reader can easily discover topics of interest through the index.
I was editing some of John’s posts today, and I cried, they were so compelling. I truly think it could be a wonderful book. I would greatly appreciate all of your feedback as to the posts you would most like in there! It’s going to be hard to decide what to weed out! (I am depending on John to assist me every step of the way . . . and so far he’s accommodated that need.)
I truly love you guys, and just wish I could personally thank each and every one of you for your prayers and the sweet sentiments you have conveyed to our family. I also want to thank Shayne, Eric and Spencer, from the bottom of my heart, as well as the other awesome contributors to the Unblog, for your diligence in keeping this work alive for all of us. We truly are FAMILY, aren’t we! Praise the Lord . . . for all the glory goes to Him.