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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Last night I dreamt.....

One of the things I have started to try and do lately is write down my dreams.  It has been hard at times, due to the fact that I am legally a zombie when I first wake up, but it has proved to be very insightful and entertaining.  Those that know me well are well aware that my dreams are sometimes very.....Dr. Seuss esc.  Here is a couple of example.
The first involves people, and dragons.  Yes, this definitely stemmed from the movie "How to train your dragon". 
If you look into someones eyes, you can tell what they really are.  If there is a yellow-ish glow, you know that they are one of the few that change into a dragon at night.  I was a missionary in Vacaville California and every night when my companion would go to bed, I would go out and fly over the town as a dragon.  Of course, I looked like a night fury.  Each night I would fly with the other dragons that were around town and just enjoy the night.  It was sad, my poor companion was just a normal human and didn't get to enjoy the night like I did.
The second example is a little more, missionary minded. 
It was one of our mission conferences and I arrived in my golf cart.  Not the usual Corolla in this dream.  Once in the church building, sat down in the pew and listened to the mission president speak.  He taught us the usual "be better", "work harder", and "be obedient".  Lunch time came and all the missionaries filed into the gym.  At this conference, one of the elders happened to be on pain medicine for a surgery he just had.  The side affect to the meds, he was incredibly delirious and out of it.  When introducing himself, he insisted on hugging everyone.  This included the sister missionaries, which is a no no in missionary land.  He kept insisting that he didn't want to hand shake, that it had to be a hug.  All the other elders around found it absolutely hysterical! 
Why write down such nonsense?  What good can this do, aside from merely entertaining?  Well, you never know when inspiration will come or how it will help.  There have been a few times in the last while where I truly have had a dream that taught me something important.  A few nights ago was one of these times.  When I awoke, I was confused.  Was it inspiration?  Or was it just my crazy mind?  I wrote down the dream and later reflected on it.
The dream was of me teaching someone with one of my companions.  The lesson went the way it usually does when we teach, until the end.  Instead of the normal "see you next week", we said "we will see you tomorrow.  Hope it is the day your work gets done".  Huh?!?  Well, I realized it was me in the spirit world teaching.  They were being taught because they never received that chance to learn here.  The person was waiting for the members on earth to do their temple work for them. 
 I realized even more how important it is for us to do all we can in this life so we don't have to wait on others in the next life.  It also made me realize how important it is for us to do our family history work so we can help those that have gone before.  Temple work is key and is an incredible blessing for us and our ancestors.
D&C 128:15 reads "And now, my dearly beloved brethren and sisters, let me assure you that these are principles in relation to the dead and the living that cannot be lightly passed over, as pertaining to our salvation. For their asalvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, as Paul says concerning the fathers—that they without us cannot be made perfect—neither can we without our dead be made bperfect."

If you don't already, write down your dreams.   Even in my "Dr. Seuss" dreams, there are things to learn.  It may seem silly and weird at first, but I can promise that you will learn new things daily.  Whether they are spiritual insights or not, they will help you.  The Lord speaks to us in so many ways.  Be sure that you are paying attention to them.


Sister B. D. Gorder said...

I miss hearing about your amazing dreams!! WOW!! talk about revelation Sister Nestman! That is super legit! Thanx for sharing that! You inspired me, I now am going to make a goal at writing down my dreams! Hopefully I can finally dream about something different instead of the same thing for WEEKS and WEEKS!!! haha
Thanx for sharing! I love you!

Elder Brian Menasco said...

Ahh, I remember when I was in Napa I would write down all my dreams. They were pretty nuts, just ask Elder Elison. I would always tell him all the good ones. Some of them were just crazy. But it would be great to remember all my 'missionary' dreams again.

Elder Menasco has a new goal! Thanks Sister Nestman!

Elder Stephen Tomoser said...

I never really dreamt much when I was back home, but on the mission vivid dreaming has been a regular and highly anticipated nightly event.

I have started to record my dreams since the increase in frequency. They are pretty weird normally, but with some creativity and inspiration you can really learn from them. It's pretty neat.

Sister Tucker said...

I love hearing about all your awesome dreams! I just wish I could remember mine more often so I could contribute something :) I have heard though that writing them down helps with remembering so I should probably try that. Done and done.

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