Personal Revelation


Personal revelation is surely the word of God in its purest and simplest form: unfiltered, unedited, untranslated, pure, intimate, specific, and direct. It is the essence of faith, hope, charity, and prophecy. Even in its least significant forms, it unerringly points to the true north of light and truth, and leads us away from evil and darkness.

Any person who grasps hold of personal revelation as their rod of iron, never letting go, obeying every prompting, will walk unerringly through the mists of satanic darkness and arrive at and dine upon the fruits of the tree of life.

They will also recognize and rejoice in all other sources of the “word of God.”

This has always been true, and always will be. It will never fail – indeed it cannot fail. It is the spiritual rod of iron that withstands the buffetings of everything Satan can muster against it, and still it guides those who cling to it to the precious fruits, without fail. Additionally, all whose lives are guided by personal revelation are led to fall down and glorify God, as Nephi indicated they would.

We know personal revelation is essential to our exaltation, and all true seekers struggle to receive it. At times, however, it seems as if the heavens are made of stone, and the silence is deafening. We struggle with prayer and satisfy ourselves that the silence means “no,” when in reality it means we have not learned to receive answers to our prayers. We wade through life’s trials seemingly alone, desperately needing divine guidance, and failing to pierce the heavens, we content ourselves by assuming that only the prophets do it differently. We puzzle out our problems in our minds, arrive at a conclusion, and pray for confirmation. When we hear nothing, we take it for divine indifference and permission to proceed with our plans. We pride ourselves on having received guidance, when in fact we have not, and are only groping in the darkness, pursuing our own agenda instead of the Lord’s.

The truth of the matter is that the Lord wants to guide us in our lives, and actually does so. The problem is we fail to hear most of what He says. Only an occasional shout from the heavens gets through, while the quiet whisperings of truth remain unheard.

Personal revelation is mother’s milk to the spiritual, and manna to the righteous. To those spiritually reborn it is as natural as speech, and as beautiful as choirs of angels. It is neither difficult nor sporadic, and is available to every man, woman, and child who lives.

Personal revelation begins as our conscience, and if we learn to give heed to it, it expands greatly after the gift of the Holy Ghost is given. It is neither reserved for the perfected, nor is it only for times of great crisis.

Revelation is, however, very demanding. Even the most seemingly insignificant communication from the Lord must be acted upon courageously, and without complaint, or the heavens remain silent for a time. The Lord does not take revelation lightly, and neither must we. If we attain unto this precious gift and follow it meticulously, it will lead us to the precious fruits of the tree of life and far beyond. If we fail to do so, we shall forever remain in spiritual mediocrity.

The purpose of this book is to help us recognize revelation, and how to make it grow into a life-giving force in our lives. It is essential that we first learn to recognize and obey that which we already have before we can expect to be given anything greater. We will discuss how to do all these things after we finish discovering what the remainder of the vision of the tree of life symbolizes.

Perhaps the hardest thing to learn about personal revelation is that it begins as the voice of the conscience. Every person knows what it is like to be prompted by their conscience to not do something. Fewer ever recognize the promptings to do something. It is the positive promptings which are the beginnings, the seeds of revelation. Just like the conscience, they come without fanfare or heralding trumpets. No angels sing, no glorious lights from heaven, no burning in the bosom, or visions of eternity occur; just a still small voice. The only way you know it is actually revelation is that it prompts you to do something good, such as to say your prayers, to do some kindness, to share, to give, to expand and grow.

John Taylor related this exchange with the prophet Joseph Smith:

I well remember a remark Joseph Smith made to me upwards of forty years ago. Said he, “Elder Taylor, you have been baptized, you have had hands laid upon your head for the reception of the Holy Ghost, and you have been ordained to the holy Priesthood. Now, if you will continue to follow the leadings of that spirit, it will always lead you right. Sometimes it might be contrary to your judgment; never mind that, follow its dictates; and if you be true to its whisperings it will in time become in you a principle of revelation, so that you will know all things.” (Journal of Discourses, 19:153-54)

Hearing and obeying the voice of the conscience/Holy Spirit is the most important and powerful step you can take toward beginning your spiritual journey in earnest.

— John Pontius, “Following the Light of Christ into His Presence”

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6 Responses to Personal Revelation

  1. Diana Santa Cruz says:

    I just found out about this blog. I wish I had known about it before John passed. I have read his books and loved them. This last year it seems I have been on a quest so to speak about listening to the spirit. Last year was a very hard year for me (personal life and illness), I am so grateful to be able to read John’s book Journey to the Veil. This has helped me so much in dealing with my illness. Thank you for continuing this blog. I can now see that anyone can receive personal revelation.

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  2. Patrick Reynolds says:

    I have only recently been introduced to John Pontius. Visions of Glory introduced me to this blog and was an amazing story that rang in my soul where I delighted in the spirit. After reading this blog and Journey to the Veil I saw the amazing spiritual giant that John Pontius is. His writings have changed my focus and spirituality and I have gratefully shared his message with everyone that will listen. Thank you for continuing his work and sharing his words again and again.

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  3. CS says:

    Thank you for continuing this wonderful blog. It is such a boon for so many of us thirsty for more abundant and greater truth. What I love about the Unblog is that I come to know my Savior more deeply and feel His presence in my life more acutely. It becomes more apparent that, as I am following His light, He is walking (or running) towards me. This gives me great hope. That is the fabulous gift of the Unblog team to me. Thank you.

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  4. Ajc says:

    Beautiful as always! Thank you for the 1st post of the new UnBlog. I was led here two months ago after reading most of John’s books & as I began reading the UnBlog it hit me how precious, miraculous & far-reaching this forum really is & how John’s (& your) message falls in perfect alignment with the Lord “Hastening His Work” – just as prophesied & even announced by President Monson)!
    The greater truths & blessings of the Gospel of Christ must surely be our highest priorities. Thank you for continuing to lift us to that marvelously mortal goal!
    All my gratitude to you & He whose errand you are on – our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.
    I am ever Humbled & Inspired by your Love – Amy c:

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    • tjpontius says:

      Isn’t Eric doing a fantastic job? I so appreciate the incredible work that he has contributed to the UnBlog. He truly is on the Lords errand – and I can tell you that John appreciates it, too!

      –Terri Pontius

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  5. robert putman says:

    i saw the first part of this and saw it was a message from john, for a second my heart leaped with the hope we were hearing from our dear friend and mentor, i don’t understand all things i read here , but it has lead me further down the path of truth and light, many years ago i met john when i also lived in alaska, the same stake , i knew his father pretty good as he served on the high council, these brethren helped so many down the road to happiness, were all very lucky to be a part of this, and i say thankyou to all who are keeping it going.

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