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  • Mark on The Going-Back-On-The-Mission Dream: “This is one of my recurring dreams. Usually, I’m tracting without a companion and wearing normal clothes. In one tracting dream, I met a gorilla making cricket noises and a talking dog wearing blue underwear.Apr 17, 14:16
  • Stephen Fleming on My Atheist Conversion, Part 2: Spiritual Experiences: “Thanks, Tori. Sounds like interesting family discussions and glad I could add something. RLD, that’s a great list of “faithfulness” and one I’d answer very strongly, yes. Again, feel quite committed to the church even with some variant beliefs and am happy to try to help make space for others who might feel similarly.Apr 17, 10:44
  • Lisa on The Going-Back-On-The-Mission Dream: “I’ve had that dream only a couple of times. The one I have most frequently is the “I’m back in college and have a recital that I forgot about and haven’t practiced for” dream. (I majored in music.) I have a lot of unfinished business psychologically when it comes to my career and how it’s panned out since college, so those recital dreams make a lot of sense. My mission isn’t something I ever want to do over, but I feel like I’ve worked through everything I need to work through concerning it.Apr 16, 21:01
  • Ivan Wolfe on The Going-Back-On-The-Mission Dream: “I have that nightmare (and it is always a nightmare) many times. And the rationale is always the same, as with yours, I still have a few months to make up (which is funny, because due to various factors, I wound up staying an extra month in reality). Sometimes, all the same missionaries from my mission are there too, and sometimes it’s me with a bunch of young’uns. I hate that nightmare, but whateves. Makes a nice contrast to all the other dreams, I guess, which involve bizarre mash-ups like Battlestar Galactica but with My Little Pony characters (and which switches to the plot of Babylon 5 halfway through when the Wookies show up).Apr 16, 18:37
  • RLD on My Atheist Conversion, Part 2: Spiritual Experiences: “Stephen, your experience definitely resonates with mine, though you got the grad-level version and mine was undergrad at best. (Some of the episodes happened while I was in grad school, but my studies weren’t terribly relevant). I’m less interested in orthodoxy than…well, I’d call it loyalty but that has negative connotations in some quarters. Faithfulness is better, but likely to be misunderstood. Whatever we call it, it’s pretty easy to ascertain. Do you think the Church’s leaders are basically good people trying to do an impossible job? Then I’m not too worried about exactly how much you agree or disagree with them. Do you think people should join the Church? Then I’m not too worried about why you think they should. (I’ll give a pass for thinking maybe LGBT people shouldn’t.) In my experience, people who answer no to questions like those are the people to worry about.Apr 16, 14:48
  • RLD on The Going-Back-On-The-Mission Dream: “I’ve dreamt that the bread I brought for the sacrament was moldy. (This was when my sons were deacon/teacher age.) I’ve dreamt of arriving at stake conference and realizing I never chose any music for the choir to sing. (Apparently it didn’t come up in rehearsal.) Worst of all is the dream that I forgot about a class I was registered for and now have to take the final despite never going to it. I’ve gotten that one many times. I’m usually lucid enough to talk myself out of it, but it takes effort. (You’re in your 50s! You have a full-time job! Yes, you can really be sure you didn’t register for an undergrad class and then forget about it!) Compared to those, the couple of times I’ve dreamed about being called to go back on a mission were downright pleasant. I wouldn’t say I was excited to go in those dreams, but I was fine with it.Apr 16, 14:24
  • Stephen C on The Going-Back-On-The-Mission Dream: “@ KLC: I wasn’t going to mention this, but I’ve had a “I show up to teach an EQ lesson and I realize I’m in my garments” dream, something akin to your unprepared bishoping dream and the classic “show up to school naked” dream.Apr 16, 12:45
  • Jack on The Going-Back-On-The-Mission Dream: “I’ve had that dream many times. And the theme is always the same: I need to cut the mission short and get back to taking care of my family. And so for me it seems to be about not allowing “out of season” virtues to trump “in season” virtues. And from a purely psychological point of view it might be about not allowing my compulsion (OCD) to crush my true sensibilities. At this point in my life it would be wrong for me to go out and preach to the nations after the manner of Paul–even though my obsession would have me fear that I’m failing for not doing so. I know within my deeper and (hopefully) more rational self that I have limitations because of mental illness. And more importantly that I am needed at home because of the special needs of my family.Apr 16, 12:25
  • Last Lemming on The Going-Back-On-The-Mission Dream: “I have had the back-on-a-mission dream many times. I usually marvel at the incompetence of those around me and sigh “Well, I survived it once, I can survive it again.” KLC, at least you remembered to wear pants.Apr 16, 12:24
  • KLC on The Going-Back-On-The-Mission Dream: “I had a great mission and I’ve also had the going back dream. And like Jimbob I’ve had the I didn’t study for a test dream. A few months after being called into the bishopric I had the going to sacrament meeting and forgetting it was my turn to get speakers and nothing was planned and everyone was looking at me dream. Definitely stress related.Apr 16, 11:48