My Baptism by Fire – The Second Token of the Aaronic Priesthood – The Mighty Change

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13 Responses

  1. Donald Danner says:

    Wonderful Jeremy. Thank you for sharing. I miss John Pontius too.

  2. Melissa Cunningham says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Somebody popped into my mind who needs to read this so I will definitely forward it to him. Very courageous to bare your soul to all of us. But I know what you mean. When you truly repent of something it has no hold over you anymore. It’s not that hard to share.

  3. Natalie says:

    What happened when you told your wife?

    • Jeremy says:

      When I told my wife, I had already experienced that cleansing and felt relief from the burden and guilt. This made it easy to put aside my own interests but it was difficult to confess because I knew it would cause so much pain. But that is the thing with the powers of the atonement, the ability to receive comfort and strength is not limited to the sinner, but it is also for those who are sinned against.

      A miracle happened. Her heart was filled with compassion for me. Though she felt hurt by what I had done, she felt sorrow for my trials and my weaknesses.
      This is in contrast to the first time I confessed to her. That first time she felt crushed and betrayed. She didn’t know if she could ever trust me again. But this time we held each other. It was as if the powers of heaven brought us together and created a unity only available through humility and acceptance. I was the sinner and she was the one who was sinned against. She forgave me and she did not take on the role of the accuser. She was supportive of me. In many ways she reflected the love that I had felt from heaven. Though my actions caused her pain, she was filled with love and it radiated through her and shinned upon me.

      It was a miracle. In many ways her nature had also changed. In an instant her capacity to love increased.

      I should ask her to respond and give her side of it.

  4. Jules says:

    Love you Jeremy, and as always, I love your thoughts, and wisdom, and the simple way you teach!

  5. JEn says:

    Thanks for penning this out. I too have a friend that I think would like to read this. It gives me much to ponder and pray on as well.

  6. Jeffrey Richardson says:

    Thank you.

  7. TrueIntent says:

    Thank you Jeremy! I tried to change myself for so long…it’s only when we come to Him that the change actually happens. I love your blog.

  8. suslayer says:

    Thus, the idea that baptism with fire is a reference to judgment rather than a blissful spiritual event has a basis in contemporary Jewish literature of that era.

  9. Matt says:

    Jeremy,

    I have a couple follow up questions regarding this post, Baptism of Fire. I thought I had read somewhere that I may be able to reach out to you in private? Is this a possibility?

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