In priesthood meeting on Sunday, we discussed the unusual vision of Robert Mason, an acquaintance of Wilford Woodruff . In 1830, three years before President Woodruff learned about and joined the Church, Robert Mason shared his prophetic experience that foretold of the coming of the Restoration, and his story had a profound effect upon President Woodruff.
After reviewing this story, several members of our small group shared related experiences from their missions in which investigators had been miraculously prepared for the coming of the missionaries with detailed visions or dreams. Two of them included dreams in which the investigator saw the missionary who would bring the Gospel to them and recognized that person at their door. I, too, have been impressed over the years with some of the marvelous ways in which the Lord has prepared a few people to receive the Gospel, though for the majority it seems that somewhat less dramatic spiritual experiences through prayer and study are sufficient.
The unusual miracles, like the vision of Robert Mason, should be treasured and pondered, though we must not demand them or expect them as a matter of course. But how thankful I am for those rare but marvelous moments experienced by some in the Church when dramatic and powerful guidance from above is given.
And for you cynics, call me crazy, but I do believe in the reality of heavenly gifts and miracles, rare as they may be.