Tree of Life
Scripture (s): 1 Nephi Chapters: 8,11 & 15
1 Nephi 11:25 “I beheld that the rod of iron, which my father had seen, was the word of God, which led to the fountain of living waters, or to the tree of life; which waters are a representation of the love of God; and I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God.”
Story Behind the Art:
This painting depicts a dream that the prophets Lehi and his son Nephi were given in the Book of Mormon, as described in chapters 8, 11, and 15 of the First Book of Nephi. This symbolic dream is known as the vision of the tree of life. The tree and its fruit represent the love of God, which is “sweet above all that is sweet...white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure.” (Alma 32:42) The fountain of living waters next to the tree also represent the pure love of God. The mists of darkness represent the temptations that surround us and lead us to destruction, while the iron rod, which leads to the tree of life, represents the word of God. Nephi explains that those who hearken unto the word of God and hold fast to it will never perish, neither can temptations overpower them. The message for us is clear: those who continually hold on to the the word of God and walk along the strait and narrow path will make it back to our Heavenly Father.