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"I have dreamed a dream", 1 Nephi 8:2

1 Nephi 8:2

I wanted to move past this verse, but then I gave some thought to the nature of Lehi's dream and how his dreams differed from my dreams. Lehi's dreams were blessed with the divine intervention of heaven. Dreams are an interesting topic of themselves, but what interests me here is that God used Lehi's dreams to communicate truth to him. Dreams can be so fleeting and seemingly non-relevant. They sometimes are simply reflections of what are in our heads when we retire for the day.

Lehi though, is placing great stock in the outcomes of this particular dream. He saw Nephi, Sam, and his wife, Sariah, come to the Tree of Life. He saw Laman and Lemuel refuse the fruit. And it is because of the outcome of this dream that Lehi goes on to admonish Laman and Lemuel. (I'm not being critical of the patriarch, but rather am taking notes on his parenting technique. )

In the vision that he recounts to his family, Lehi says that after having followed a man in a white robe he found himself in a dark and dreary waste. He traveled through the darkness for what seemed to be an extended period of time. He then prayed unto the Lord for mercy based upon his faith or knowledge that the Lord was capable of extending a multitude of tender mercies. This is yet another fascinating aspect of this dream, that Lehi exercised his volition to pray when he found himself in darkness.

Truly this was more than just a dream, so perhaps this is why he corrects himself, and says "or in other words, I have seen a vision."