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Gramps,

Is the gift of interpretation of dreams still on the earth (like Joseph)?  Is it as dispersed and common as things such as the gift of tongues, prophecy, etc?  Are there specifically people called with the ability?  I’ve a had a recurrring dream that I’ve had at least 5 times a year for my whole life.  Do you know a good source for interpretation of dreams (online or other)?

Spencer

 

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Dear Spencer,

It is true, that the dreaming of dreams and the interpretation of those dreams is one way the gift of prophecy manifests itself.  Scriptural examples include Joseph in Egypt, Daniel with Nebuchadnezzar, and Lehi leading his family out of Jerusalem.  I am also reminded of the prophesy that old men would have dreams and young men would have visions (Joel 2:28).

At the same time, we know that not all dreams are given to us by the Holy Ghost.  Some seem to be just random bits of thoughts and memories. There are some dreams that are common such as falling, teeth falling out, being chased, flying, and meeting celebrities; to name a few. Those who study psychology consider dreams to be one of behavioral sciences’ “greatest unanswered questions.”  However, some psychologists and therapists have found that dreams can have therapeutic value offering insights into the subconscious.

While it can be entertaining to read websites and books on dream interpretation, the best person to interpret your dreams is your own prayerful exploration.   In my personal experience, reoccurring dreams are symbolic and tend to be a “message from my subconscious”.  I unlock this symbolism through pondering and prayer. I know when I have found the answer because the dreams cease.

All people are entitled to converse with God through the Holy Spirit, and some are given the gift of prophecy. To understand whether your dreams are random bits of memory, symbolic messages from your unconscious, or a spiritual gift of prophesy, is not something you should ask of men, but do as Nephi did (1 Nephi 11:11) and go directly to Heavenly Father for direction.

Sweet Dreams!

 

Gramps

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