A dear friend and kindred spirit of mine felt inspired and asked me to read “Visions of Glory” written by John Pontius. Although Pontius writes this book in the first person, the visions come from a man living in Utah who has confided in him and claims the Lord has said it is time to reveal these truths. When first reading the book I couldn’t put it down. Something about the after life and his revelations drew me in. The way he spoke just made sense to me. The things he said and talked about weren’t far off from my natural thought process and what faith I had in how things worked. As I continued the book I would often get tired and have to sleep or take little naps. I realized that it was my way of taking it all in and “re-booting” so to speak. This book is full of information about pre-mortality, the after-life and the end of the world. I finished it in two days, lucky me…I just cut out television and the occasional face book time and easily fit it in my day.
What I loved about this book was that even though it spoke of very “heavy” material it was an easy read. It was great that Pontius intentionally left out very disturbing and grievous details to make it PG. When I have read other visions it has often times been upsetting and horrific to take in and try to understand how humanity can degrade to such uncivilized ways and epitomize evil to the very core. In “Visions of Glory” I found myself cheering on and excited for the Millennium to come. I found myself feeling like I wanted to be a part of the Saints who survive the earthquake, disasters and plague; to help rebuild the Kingdom and reign in the Millennium. I found a feeling inside me that wanted to be of purpose, to do something worthwhile, it was like my soul was awakening. I was praising God and honestly felt the Spirit many times throughout my reading.
About three quarters through the book I felt the Spirit very strongly, I had stopped to shower and eat breakfast, but felt very prompted to take out my Patriarchal Blessing. I stood in my closet right by the safe where it lay and had second thoughts. I almost chose NOT to take time to read it. But then another thought formed in my mind that I should follow this prompting. I could envision beside me my guardian angels telling me to read it and then evil spirits telling me not too. I pushed all doubt aside and went forward with what the still small voice was telling me.
As I sat on my bed I felt impressed to pray, so knelt in prayer for inspiration and the gift of reading with new eyes. To be honest I haven’t read it for years. My blessing is in a handmade lace envelope that I was given as a youth. As I untied the red ribbon my eyes welled up with tears and I felt a complete confirmation that this blessing was indeed from the Lord himself. The white lace reminded me of Jesus Christ’s cloak, and the red ribbon of his sash. I removed the paper and began reading. My entire being was filled with the Spirit, to which degree I normally do not feel unless I am in the Temple of the Lord.
When I read it I wept. There are so many sacred things in my blessing that are near and dear to my heart that I will not share. You see, my blessing is four pages long, and to a youth that doesn’t have much insight I just tucked it away not knowing how to interpret all the information held secretly within.
I will share a few things, and one that struck me with great force was when it told me that I would come to a crossroad in my life and would at that time ask the Lord what my mission on this earth is and he would reveal it to me. I have faith that I am coming closer to this crossroad. This is the time that my mission on earth will soon be revealed. That excites me to the core! I know that I am in Texas for this very reason. I am here to finish raising my children in faith, study, learn and prepare to be an instrument in God’s hands. I am excited to see where God will take me next.
Another answer came to me, something I have known but fought against for years. I am not to seek the riches of the world, that He will provide for me (and he always has). I simply should fulfill my mission on earth and allow time to work with and help heal the wounds of others. With this knowledge I have decided to shift gears and not find work, but to let the Lord’s work find me. I know that I have a lot of growing and changing to do to be worthy of such a great call—a mission of the Lord—but here I am finally, at 41, willing and able.
I find myself somehow ready and yearning to live more righteously, to cleanse my soul, and to go through the refiners fire as many times as it takes. I know this won’t be easy, but I also know it will be worth it. So for that I thank John Pontius for bringing these visions to print. Whether they be literal or metaphorical– I cannot deny the stirrings of my own Spirit that was a direct result from reading this book. And for that I am forever grateful!
*John Pontius has a blog and you can find it here: unblogmysoul, he also has a website www.followingthelight.org, as well as several other books you can read. All are on Kindle, which is my favorite reading app, you can easily purchase the book and download it to your own device here: Visions of Glory: One Man’s Astonishing Account of the Last Days.