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Vision of the Tree of Life - Part 3 - A Tree Whose Fruit was Most Desirable to Make One Happy

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Tree of Life, by Kazuto Uota

1 Nephi 8: 10 And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy.
11 And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen.
12 And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit.


I Nephi 8:30 But, to be short in writing, behold, he saw other multitudes pressing forward; and they came and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press their way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until they came forth and fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree.


Take a moment and write down the characteristics that define this group of people as described in the above verse.  

Compare these people to the people described here Good soil

Note: Nephi, the son of Lehi, wanted to know and understand the vision his father had seen. His narration of what he saw is also insightful, as it was seen from different eyes. (see 1 Nephi 11:1-6)

1 Nephi 11:8 And it came to pass that the Spirit said unto me: Look! And I looked and beheld a tree; and it was like unto the tree which my father had seen; and the beauty thereof was far beyond, yea, exceeding of all beauty; and the whiteness thereof did exceed the whiteness of the driven snow.
And it came to pass after I had seen the tree, I said unto the Spirit: I behold thou hast shown unto me the tree which is precious above all.
10 And he said unto me: What desirest thou?
11 And I said unto him: To know the interpretation thereof—for I spake unto him as a man speaketh; for I beheld that he was in the form of a man; yet nevertheless, I knew that it was the Spirit of the Lord; and he spake unto me as a man speaketh with another.
12 And it came to pass that he said unto me: Look! And I looked as if to look upon him, and I saw him not; for he had gone from before my presence.
 13 And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the great city of Jerusalem, and also other cities. And I beheld the city of Nazareth; and in the city of Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceedingly fair and white.
14 And it came to pass that I saw the heavens open; and an angel came down and stood before me; and he said unto me: Nephi, what beholdest thou?
15 And I said unto him: A virgin, most beautiful and fair above all other virgins.
16 And he said unto me: Knowest thou the condescension of God?
17 And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.
18 And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh.
19 And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the Spirit; and after she had been carried away in the Spirit for the space of a time the angel spake unto me, saying: Look!
20 And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.
21 And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?
22 And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.
23 And he spake unto me, saying: Yea, and the most joyous to the soul.
24 And after he had said these words, he said unto me: Look! And I looked, and I beheld the Son of God going forth among the children of men; and I saw many fall down at his feet and worship him.

Symbol
Meaning

1. The tree (1 Nephi 8:10)

The love of God in giving the world his Only Begotten Son (1 Nephi 11:21–22John 3:16)

2. The fruit (1 Nephi 8:11)


The love of God, Eternal life (1 Nephi 15:36;D&C 14:7)


1 Nephi 15:21 And it came to pass that they did speak unto me again, saying: What meaneth this thing which our father saw in a dream? What meaneth the tree which he saw?
22 And I said unto them: It was a representation of the tree of life
The fruit of the tree of life is described in the scriptures with eight different phrases.  

  1. Sweet above all (8:11)
  2. White to exceed all whiteness (8:11)
  3. Desirable above all other fruit (8:12)
  4. Beauty . . . far beyond . . . exceeding of all beauty (11:8)
  5. Precious above all (11:9)
  6. Most joyous to the soul (11:23)
  7. Pure above all that is pure (Alma 32:42)
  8. Greatest of all the gifts of God (1 Nephi 15:36)
These phrases are beautiful and descriptive of a fruit that has no comparison. The love of God is the best fruit we could ever partake of. Refer back to 1 Nephi 8:10,12 and take note of what we receive when we partake of this fruit.   

A long time ago, when Lance and I were young parents, Lance went to Oregon on a business trip. The lodge he was staying in was located in a beautiful forest, it was Springtime and the forest was in full bloom. He said it was so beautiful that he wanted to share the experience with me and the children....but he was alone. 

When he got home from his trip, he was trying to describe it all to me and then he made a comment that sunk deep into my heart. He said, "Becky, as beautiful as it was, it wasn't the same without you and the our children there to share it with."

I imagine this was something akin to what Lehi felt as he partook of the fruit of the tree and then looked for his family to share it with.
I Nephi 8: 12 And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit.

When we experience something life changing it is normal to want to share it with others. I love being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and love sharing this 'precious fruit.'

Disclaimer: In no way do I profess to be an expert in the field of ancient history or scripture.

With love and gratitude,
  

Each of us lead a life filled with miracles, we just need to pause and see them! What's new and good with you?