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  • Senior half on The Going-Back-On-The-Mission Dream: “Served 2 missions now. I’m really old. Never had a dream about either mission. I’m very impressed with the number of you who remember these weird dreams. ROFL with Mark, ” In one tracting dream, I met a gorilla making cricket noises and a talking dog wearing blue underwear.”Apr 21, 03:09
  • Comet on The Going-Back-On-The-Mission Dream: “Love this–post and comments. btw, Never had any of the dream scenarios mentioned, or at least recall having them.Apr 20, 16:07
  • ji on How Often Do Members Pray?: “I am not aware of a commandment to pray twice a day, morning and night. I know some church leaders have encouraged such, and maybe even taught it as a commandment, but I’m with Wizard. General conference encouragements and admonitions should not be interpreted and enforced as commandments from God.Apr 20, 01:49
  • jader3rd on The Going-Back-On-The-Mission Dream: “I can recall having a return to the mission dream 4 times. For the first two I remember that the reasoning was that they really needed me back. For the second two, I remember that I was able to negotiate that if you need me back so much, I get to not have a companion. I haven’t had one in over ten years though. School related dreams have either been it’s the first week of school and I can’t find my class schedule, or it’s that I have a final and I can’t find the way to whatever room I need to take it in. I’ve never had garments in my dreams.Apr 19, 23:04
  • Wizard of Oz on How Often Do Members Pray?: “I believe the commandment to pray is actually to pray “always” and “without ceasing” and to “counsel with the Lord in all thy doings.”Apr 19, 22:04
  • REC911 on How Often Do Members Pray?: “You hit a nerve….seems so silly to me that the church has a command for members to pray twice a day, both morning and night. They actually call it a commandment on the church website. (71% sure) Should I walk so many steps on the sabbath too? Why would the church survey not ask if they pray twice a day like they ask members to do? That might skew the results as well, meaning half the “several times a day” are just the “2-a-dayers” that didn’t have that choice to respond to. I think prayer is about the best oil you can fuel your lamp with so 50% is an track…Apr 19, 07:11
  • Scott Heiner on The Going-Back-On-The-Mission Dream: “I’ve had all those dreams several times: (1) returning to my mission in middle/advanced age; (2) forgetting all about a class I had registered for and it’s time for finals; and (3) being in public wearing just my garments. It’s surprising to learn how common these dreams/nightmares are with other people in general.Apr 18, 11:18
  • Ryan Wilson on The Going-Back-On-The-Mission Dream: “I’m 43. I left the church about 10 years ago. However, when I was a believer, I had that dream on a regular basis for at least 7-10 years after my mission. I was an extremely dedicated missionary and loved my mission but whenever I had the dream, I’d always accept the call to return but I always felt sick to my stomach. It was like I knew that I had to say yes but I really didn’t want to do it all over again. I wouldn’t call it a nightmare but I definitely felt sick in my dreams at the thought of serving again, even though I loved my mission as a missionary. I’m sure that for those who didn’t like their missions, this dream would be a nightmare. For me, I think that even though I enjoyed the mission, a mission is a lot of hard work and involves a lot of rejection and maybe the feelings of uneasiness in my dreams just have to do with my subconscious saying, “I don’t think we want to voluntarily go through all that hard work and rejection again.”Apr 18, 09:59
  • Regan Steed on The Going-Back-On-The-Mission Dream: “I’ve had the dream multiple times. It’s not consistently stressful or joyful, but overall I think it’s still filled with a desire to do more, in a good way. I think serving a mission now would be both better and worse. I’d hope that I would be smarter about how I would do things but I’d maybe have less tolerance for the inefficiencies that inevitably follow such efforts. I’ve never really felt I had an inspired dream, I assume it’s just an indication that my mission was a significant part of my life. There was an intensity of living at that time that would be hard to match in middle age. I still dream about schooling too – generally more stressful and relating to a lack of preparation for an assignment or class, dreams I’d rather not have.Apr 18, 09:26
  • Jake Christensen on The Going-Back-On-The-Mission Dream: “Though I’ve been inactive for over 20 years, I still have the recurring return-to-mission dream. In the dream I am very much the older agnostic inactive Latter-day Saint/Mormon I am today. Oddly though, I accept the call and return to the mission to do an additional 2 years of service. Whatever the Freudian implications, and I think Freud had plenty of worthwhile things to say, I think this is natural. Lot’s of us have that dream where we are back in school, and we didn’t study for the big final. Similarly, I did professional theatre for a couple of years after college graduation. Almost two decades ago, I had the privilege of being in a hit show in regional theatre. Occasionally, I dream that we are reopening the show and I have to be back on stage that night… but I haven’t rememorized my lines and hope I can somehow bumble my way through. Weird. Unlike the mission dream, where I am at peace and confident with returning to the field to do more proselyting (as an inactive agnostic?), the theatre dream is always nerve-wracking unpreparedness (even though in real life I’d love to have another chance to be onstage).Apr 18, 08:49