Life is but a Dream

Leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a tendency to teach and enforce doctrines and policies in a very stern and serious manner. As an example, President Marion G. Romney (1897 – 1988) gave the following story about his father’s counsel prior to Marion’s departure for his mission:

When you are released and return, we shall be glad to greet you and welcome you back into the family circle. But remember this, my son: we would rather come to this station and take your body off the train in a casket than to have you come home unclean, having lost your virtue.
(end quote) Reference

President Romney’s father was “dead serious.”

Additional examples are given in: Fear & Reconciliation

But people who have had near death experiences relate that passing through the veil is like awakening from a dream to a greater reality. The love and light in heaven are so great that these souls experience instantaneous healing from their mortal traumas. They also learn that love and kindness toward oneself and others is paramount and that most issues that we fret so much about in mortality simply do not matter in heaven. Perhaps like Martha in the New Testament we are too obsessed with household duties while missing out on our fleeting lives’ most important opportunities.

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream

How then do I know but that the dead repent of having previously clung to life?
How do I know that the love of life is not a delusion? That the dislike of death is not like a young person losing his way and not knowing that he is going home?
-Chuang Tzu

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players…
-William Shakespeare

We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.

-Nathaniel Hawthorne

And it came to pass that I, Jacob, began to be old; and the record of this people being kept on the other plates of Nephi, wherefore, I conclude this record, declaring that I have written according to the best of my knowledge, by saying that the time passed away with us, and also our lives passed away like as it were unto us a dream…

Jacob 7:26

See also: Deepak Chopra, MD, Is Life Really a Dream?

– Tom Irvine

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