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Gramps,

I’ve recently read about the last dream of Joseph Smith and I found it amazing. Nevertheless, I wonder if it really was true. Is there any document or study that supports such a story about that vision? Please, I really admire Joseph’s life and doings, and I know for sure that he is the Prophet of God and head for this last dispensation. Thanks.

Luis

 

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Luis,

I hadn’t heard of this until you asked this question, so I was rather thrilled to do some research about it.

As far as I can determine, the situation states that two days before Joseph and Hyrum were martyred, Joseph related this dream to W.W. Phelps, who then wrote it down. There is a youtube video by Seth Adam Smith  that quotes the dream in a very well made video presentation.

 

 

The dream itself is one that reflects an escape from trouble and strife, that leads to peace and a reunion of loved ones. In that respect it could well have been a dream that expressed to Joseph that he would soon be free of the troubles of this world, with his brother, and that they would enjoy the rest from sorrow that is found in paradise.

Given the significance of dreams in the Old Testament, this is very much in harmony with such messages delivered through them. At the same time, it would also explain the confidence and resolve of Joseph to face his martyrdom. The message I take from it in a general view is that the Lord always and consistently reaches out to those who honor him and serve him, heart and soul.

Would that we all could receive such a peaceful dream prior to our reception in paradise.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

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