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Vision of the Tree of Life - Part 5: The Rod of Iron and The Straight and Narrow Path

View Parts 1-4 HERE

The rod of iron  = The word of God
(1 Nephi 8:19-24,30; 11:25; 15:23,24; Hel.3:29,30)

I Nephi 8:19 And I beheld a rod of iron, and it extended along the bank of the river, and led to the tree by which I stood.
 20 And I also beheld a strait and narrow path, which came along by the rod of iron, even to the tree by which I stood; and it also led by the head of the fountain, unto a large and spacious field, as if it had been a world.
 21 And I saw numberless concourses of people, many of whom were pressing forward, that they might obtain the path which led unto the tree by which I stood.
 22 And it came to pass that they did come forth, and commence in the path which led to the tree.

I Nephi 11:25 And it came to pass that 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. (For deeper insight continue reading verses 26-34.)

The word 'pressing' in verse 21, stands out to me. It describes that  just to get to the path and rod can be an arduous task. Nevertheless, it can be made easier if we have someone guiding and showing us the way. Each of us were born with the Light of Christ and nothing, not even the darkest of sin, can completely douse that light. When we choose to follow His guiding light, He will lead us to the straight and narrow path and when we hold fast to the iron rod, He will lead us to the Tree of Life.


The 'Word of God' is found in the scriptures, in the words of our living prophets, and in personal revelation. 

The straight and narrow path and the iron rod, word of God, leads us to the fountain of living water while straying from the path and the iron rod leads us to the fountain of filthy water. These are very descriptive words about water. They are straightforward in telling us the end result of taking either path.

Christ refers to Himself as 'living water'. When teaching the woman at the well in John 4, Christ gives her this beautiful insight:

 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

What exactly does the iron rod or the word of God do for us?

It leads us back to Christ.

Being lead back to Christ signifies that at one time or another, we have been in His presence - for we cannot go back to where we have never been.  In the pre-mortal life we were in the presence of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. We heard the plan made by our Father which Christ accepted and thus became our Redeemer. We also heard the plan of Lucifer which was designed to exalt himself above God and also designed to take away or agency. 

The proof that each one of us chose to follow Gods plan is evident in the fact that we are here. What we do with that choice - ie. - whether we follow the Light of Christ to the Straight and Narrow Path and whether we hold fast to the Iron Rod is up to us.

"Our times are turbulent and difficult. We see wars inter-nationally and distress domestically. Neighbors all around us face personal heartaches and family sorrows. Legions know fear and troubles of a hundred kinds. This reminds us that when those mists of darkness enveloped the travelers in Lehi’s vision of the tree of life, it enveloped all of the participants—the righteous as well as the unrighteous, the young along with the elderly, the new convert and seasoned member alike. In that allegory all face opposition and travail, and only the rod of iron—the declared word of God—can bring them safely through. We all need that rod. We all need that word. No one is safe without it, for in its absence any can “[fall] away into forbidden paths and [be] lost,” as the record says."

I bear witness, from my own experience,  that once we have followed Christ's Light and then received the Gift of the Holy Ghost by those holding the proper authority, we can experience JOY even when experiencing doubt, trials, illness, injustice, and unkindness.

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?