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Dreams as Revelation


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Deseret Book

June 2019

Many times, the Lord's involvement with His children takes the form of significant dreams and visions.

In Dreams as Revelation, BYU Church history professors Mary Jane Woodger, Ken Alford, and Craig Manscill share prophetic guidance and other counsel to help readers recognize when a dream is revelatory in nature.

With a foreword by Robert L. Millet, this book includes chapters about scriptural dreams, dreams in Joseph Smith's family, as well as original accounts of carefully selected dreams received throughout our dispensation, including dreams of the Savior, temple work, comfort, and more. In addition to being personally applicable for how to better understand your own revelatory dreams, this interesting and informative book is a valuable resource for talks, lessons, and family home evenings.


  1. Revelation in the Form of Dreams
  2. Inspiration, Indigestion, or Imagination: Determining When dreams Are Revelation
  3. Scriptural Dreams
  4. Dreams in Joseph Smith's Family
  5. Dreams of the Savior
  6. Dreams of Missionary Work and Conversion
  7. Dreams of Family History and Temple Work
  8. Dreams of Warning
  9. Dreams of Instruction
  10. Dreams of Callings
  11. Dreams of Comfort
  12. Dreams of Death
  13. Dreams of Opposition
  14. Dreams of Prophecy

Pages 284

Mary Jane Woodger

Mary Jane Woodger is a professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. After obtaining a bachelor's degree from BYU, she received an MEd degree at Utah State University and earned an EdD in educational leadership from BYU. She is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen books.

Kenneth L. Alford

Kenneth L. Alford is a professor of Church history and doctrine at BYU. He earned a bachelor's degree from BYU, master's degrees from the University of Southern California and the University of Illinois, and a PhD from George Mason University. He served almost 30 years on active duty in the US Army and retired as a colonel in 2008.

Craig K. Manscill

Craig K. Manscill is an associate professor of Church history and doctrine at BYU. He has served as a religious educator for forty years. He received his under-graduate degree at Weber State College and his master's and PhD from Brigham Young University. His current research focuses on the Hyrum Smith Papers project and Pacific Latter-day Saint history.

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