Breathtaking Blast Offs


The following is from Patrick…


Not more than a year ago I believed the Lord would be there for us whenever we needed him, but that he really wouldn’t be involved in the details of our lives–like if we bought a car or other routine, worldly duties. I believed we should use our experience and knowledge to take care of these small (or large) tasks and leave the life-changing events to the Lord.

I was wrong.

My change started with a good lifelong friend of mine, Troy. Several years ago we had read “The Cleansing of America” by W. Cleon Skousen. Later Troy came across “Visions of Glory” and he instantly called me and bought me the book so we could read it at the same time. The similarities of these two books were amazing, and how both books came to be published is even more of a miracle. To me, this testifies to the truth of Spencers vision.

Spencer’s vision helped me realize how much the Lord does help us and always provides the assistance we need, that angels are always standing by. We only need to come closer to the Spirit and constantly pray to overcome our fallen state to be in tune with that Spirit.

Spencer also shared how quickly our thoughts can summon the souls that are trying to deceive us, and how important it is to constantly fight that influence. We need to surround ourselves with positive uplifting activities, and most importantly, service.

After reading “Visions of Glory”, getting a glimpse into the building of Zion, and reading the many experiences revealed to Spencer and how close we are to the veil, I was changed. I looked at the world differently, I looked at people differently. The best way I can describe this is that I started seeing the world in a more eternal nature; the veil became slightly thinner to me. It made me realize how much I needed to change if I wanted to prepare myself or my family.

Up to this point in my life I had been whatI call a part-time member: I went to church, paid my tithing and did OK in my callings. At this point I had also had plenty of trials and lessons in my life. I was a 42 year-old divorced father with custody of his kids. I was raised in the Church, and had had a life-changing moment where I was “born again” twenty years ago.

Yet now for the first time in my life I looked forward to fasting, and fasted with a purpose. I put more dedication into my church callings. I prayed more fervently; instead of asking for what I wanted, I would pray for the path that the Lord wanted me to travel. I started teaching myself to pay more attention to the Spirit and try to discern my own thoughts from those of the Lord.

I have received many experiences where I have identified the Spirit speaking to me, helping out in my everyday life. They were such small whispers that I would have previously missed them. One example is when I was working in my office and leaving for the day. I started to close the door when a simple command stated, “Don’t lock it.” I paused and sat there for a moment. I questioned my own thoughts on why I would think that, but I didn’t lock it. As I started walking to my car I realized my keys were still in the office. I normally kept them in my back pack but had taken them out to get into another door during the day and placed them on the desk instead of back where I kept them.

This was by no means a life-altering event; at the worst I would have been delayed a few hours until I could have gotten the door unlocked. As a single father, I would have had to call and have a pizza delivered for the kids to eat.

So why would I get what I felt was such an insignificant whisper from the Spirit? It was nothing more than an inconvenience that I was saved from. But since I had started listening to the Spirit, I quickly identified that it could have come from no other source. I had locked that same door every day, yet this time a simple command stopped me from doing what I had always done. It was at this moment I received my own testimony about what Spencer had described, which was how very much the Lord is involved in the details of our lives.

The Lord is constantly giving us experiences and placing lessons before us to sculpt us into who He needs us to be. He loves us, He wants us to be happy, and by obedience to the Spirit we will be shown the way. Trials and burdens will still come upon us; Joseph Smith learned this in D&C 121 & 122. But instead of feeling regret, fear or despair, we will understand the reason why this trial was given to us, and what we should learn from it.

In “Journey to the Veil”, we read;

“When anyone sets his or her heart on a course of obedience and taps daily into the empowerment and grace available through the Atonement of Christ, they will soon accomplish all of this much more quickly than they ever thought possible…..A commitment to total obedience will blast you off so fast and high that it will be breathtaking, with a spiritual height that’s unimaginable, and the promised blessings will be very near.”

Since making this change of heart, I find myself constantly recommitting to the life-long struggle of total obedience. As a result of that commitment, the missionary moments have increased, and I have more joy in my heart. I find more joy in service. I work to stay on the path the Lord wants me upon, and I find myself living without fear. There is nothing to be afraid of because you know you are supposed to be there. Such a small effort can make a profound change in your life.

The reason I am sharing this story with you is a result of listening to the still small voice and making a comment to someone that needed to hear it. I didn’t even know at the time it was the whisperings of the Spirit until I received an unexpected response from the other person, confirming it to me.

My friend Troy and I have made this journey together; we compare notes and see the significant changes in our lives. This is an amazing miracle that can only be experienced to explain.

Thank you, Spencer, for sharing your eternal experience. Thank You, Brother John, for setting the example. Thank You, Sister Pontius, for carrying the torch. All of you have changed our lives and brought us closer to God.

About John Pontius

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12 Responses to Breathtaking Blast Offs

  1. Marcie says:

    Like others have replied, I could have written that post. VoG had such a spiritually profound effect on me that I believe I am changed forever. Thank you for articulating what I have felt.

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  2. Amelia Lloyd says:

    Thank you Patrick for your submission, it was just what I needed to hear. I too have read VOG and all of John’s books as of late. I can’t seem to get it out of my mind, it is all I think about when my mind is not on everyday matters. I feel I have been completely changed forever. I am trying really hard to listen to that still small voice. I have had some spiritual awakenings before I ever read those books or came upon this site, that strangely coincide with Spencer’s vision, a man I’ve never met and yet our dreams coincide. I know the only explanation in my mind is because God is orchestrating my life and all truth comes to one eternal whole. I hear the call of Zion and rejoice in this truth!

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  3. Kim says:

    Needed to read this today. Thank you.

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  4. lorrielou says:

    Patrick,

    My soul was filled with joy to read this post! I could have written it myself, though not as well articulated as you did. I have experienced the VERY SAME manifestations of the Spirit that you have. What an awaking VoG stirred in me as well. I’m not very good with words but I have been blessed with an artistic gift so the Spirit directed me to start a Facebook page called Lorrie’s List of Uplifting and Edifying LDS memes. I was overwhelmed at first with the thought of doing such a thing (preferring to remain “under the radar” kind of person). However, the blessings that have come from following the directive of the
    Spirit to do so has been overwhelming and to discover that so many others enjoy my memes as well is very touching. I create memes of quotes from John as well, he being my favorite LDS author to date. My favorite being, “When the Spirit prompts, obedience is ALWAYS the correct response”. It thrills me to know that others like you are experiencing the same manifestations of the Spirit in their lives as I am.
    Note: a meme is a picture with words on it.

    Prior to VoG my husband and I used to always say, “We need to work like it depends on us, and pray like it depends on God.” But I see that even that simple idiom can be a ploy from Satan. We go to work without FIRST including the Lord in any or all of our efforts. My husband and I were always so exhausted from trying to do it “all by our self” thinking/believing that’s what/how we should be doing it, and most of the time we didn’t even include God nor petitioned Him for help, (being deceived by the philosophies of men) then we’d become perplexed as to why few or no fruits were produced from all our HARD work and TEARS.

    Now, not only do we include Him, but we include Him from the very beginning and we are learning to completely RELY on Him and not our efforts alone. I know the meaning of “Go boldly before the throne of God” now. I’m so grateful for a Heavenly Father who loves us enough to bless us in the very little, seemingly insignificant areas of our lives as well as the big areas. I am so humbled by His love and attention to “little ol me”. He is truly great above all. Thank you for this post Patrick.

    And thank you Terri for your posts as well. I don’t comment very often because as you can see, I tend to ramble. However, I read every one and sometime they bring me to tears of joy. And this post was especially close to home for me because VoG did truly awaken me as well. My life hasn’t been the same to say the least.

    Here’s to a new and beautiful, more meaningful and blessed life. 🙂

    Hurrah for ZION!

    Lorrie Lou 🙂

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  5. shari watson says:

    Very good reminder. I too enjoyed reading Visions of Glory and had chill bumps as I came to realize more fully how we need to be MORE INTUNE with the VOICE of the Holy Spirit to guide us.

    This has been an extreme challenge while fighting chronic pain, adrenal and thyroid problems that mess with the ability to think clear let alone fight for happy thoughts in my head. I recently discovered an intelligent new super food that promotes stem cell production and maintenance … so depression is lifting and clarity is returning. I want to be better prepared as the events of the second coming are unfolding.

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  6. mwinward says:

    “All of you have changed our lives and brought us closer to God.”

    Amen!

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  7. KER says:

    VERY INSPIRATIONAL AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU TERRI AND ALL WHO CONTRIBUTE!!!

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  8. Ella says:

    Agreed! Spencer has helped thin the veil for many of us because we got ahold of his book. Thank you for sharing this uplifting testimony!

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  9. Carol says:

    We are told there is a balance, that as the world increases in wickedness, the righteous will grow in righteousness. What is it that will enable this growth?
    Bro. Pontius hit the nail on the head when he tutored us in obedience. It is an ever to be vigilant battle, but the Lord is truly with us! Thank you all for sharing!

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