SL09262 From Revelation to Repetition: The Decline of Dreams as Revelatory Experience in Contemporary Mormon Discourse

Historically, revelatory dreams have played an important role in Mormonism, protecting, guiding, and encouraging the Saints—especially during trials. In this paper, I will analyze revelatory dreams as discussed by general authorities since 1971. My analysis will suggest that dreams are still considered revelatory and used in the context of telling faith-promoting stories—but with a difference: While leaders once were eager to share with the church their most personal intimations, more recent leaders have retreated to a less charismatic mode, preferring to retell famous dreams from the past rather than sharing their own.

Hugo Olaiz