Dreams

I turned to dreams in the bible dictionary today, and saw sixteen references to them - as a method of communication between God and man.
Now I know that many dreams can be just random, and sometimes a sign of worry or fear.  But I also know that they truly can be a source of personal revelation.  This is a fascinating subject to me, as I reflect on my own experiences with them.

George F. Richards, the   father of Brother LeGrand Richards said,
“I believe in dreams, brethren. The Lord has given me dreams which to me are just as real and as much from God as was the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar, which was the means of saving a nation from starvation, or the dream of Lehi who through a dream led his colony out of the old country across the mighty deep to this promised land, or any other dreams that we might read in the scriptures.
“It is not out of place for us to have important dreams,” he said. “And then more than 40 years ago I had a dream which I am sure was from the Lord. In this dream I was in the presence of my Savior as he stood mid-air. He spoke no word to me, but my love for him was such that I have not words to explain. I know that no mortal man can love the Lord as I experienced that love for the Savior unless God reveals it to him. I would have remained in his presence, but there was a power drawing me away from him.
“As a result of that dream, I had this feeling that no matter what might be required of my hands, what the gospel might entail unto me, I would do what I should be asked to do even to the laying down of my life.
“And so when we read in the scriptures what the Savior said to his disciples, ‘In my Father’s house are many mansions: … I go to prepare a place for you … that where I am, there ye may be also.’ (John 14:2–3.) I think that is where I want to be.
“If only I can be with my Savior and have that same sense of love that I had in that dream, it will be the goal of my existence, the desire of my life.”

We truly have small glimpses of heaven here which cause us to desire more than anything this earthly life can give to us, to acquire the faith necessary to return us to that God who gave us life.  There is a spiritual realm that is ever present if we choose to pay attention, in quiet moments, the Lord can reveal all things to us necessary and expedient to our eternal progression.
I believe that my experiences on this subject are too personal to share openly.  But know this ~ the veil can at times seem very thin to those who exercise faith in the unknown.  I know that God lives, and that He is with us always.

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