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Vision of the Tree of Life - Part 8: Synoposis

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The Tree of LIFE:

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.

“…the term “life”—the Greek term zoe—means everlasting fullness of life. Life in this sense—everlasting fullness of life—constitutes humankind’s Highest Possibility, our Ultimate Good, the overall End of our existence. The whole purpose of God in making possible our eternal existence is to bring to pass our never-ending fullness of life (Moses 1:39). That is what God is all about. And what we are all about.

“…it is the growth of divine love within us that enlarges and expands us until our life is full without end. Fullness of life consists of life full of divine love. Love, in the special divine sense, is the fundamental source of a fullness of living existence that never ends, a fullness that is “sweet above all that is sweet” (Alma 32:42) and “most joyous to the soul” (1 Nephi 11:23).

“…To pass from death unto life we must keep the commandments of God. Jesus said that “If thou wilt enter into life, keep my commandments” (Matthew 19:17). As Paul insisted,
“[God] will render to every man according to his deeds.
“To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life. [Romans 2:6–7]

“…Each must come as a little child unto God through Jesus Christ and plant the word of life in his heart and nourish it until it becomes within him the tree of life, whose fruit is most precious, and sweet above all that is sweet, and pure above all that is pure.” (Some Observationson the Law of the Harvest by A. Don Sorenson)

Below are some terms in Lehi's dream that give insights to our relationship with the rod, the path, and the tree: 

Commence (1 Nephi 8:22) 
Pressing forward (1 Nephi 8:24)
Catch hold (1 Nephi 8:24)
Cling (1 Nephi 8:24)
Continue (1 Nephi 8:30)
Hold fast  (1 Nephi 8:30)

One of the interesting points about this dream is that each one of us can find our self in it. Take a moment to find where you are. Are you in the field searching, clinging to the rod, holding fast to the rod, under the tree, or do you feel lost in the mist? Hopefully none of us are in the spacious building.

If you feel you can do better, then I would invite you to ponder and pray about what steps you can take to improve your position. January is traditionally a time for setting goals, but TODAY is the best time to set some simple goals to spiritually improve.

Here is a link to one of the most inspiring talks given about Standing by the tree:

Stand By The Tree By Elder Kevin W. Pearson Of the Seventy April 2015 General Conference

In the end, it is our relationship with Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost that determines how much of the delicious fruit, or in other words, how much JOY we are willing to partake of.

As we have studied the Vision of the Tree of Life, I hope you have gained a glimpse of the knowledge, wisdom, hope and love that is being taught through these scriptures. It has not been my goal to do an exhaustive discourse here, but to just touch lightly on a few points of truth, light, understanding.

I believe that as each of us studies, ponders, searches, and prays about scripture, the Lord will open our eyes to understandings that are imperative to us personally.

I know the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price are true and through them we can come to know the only true God and His Son Jesus Christ. We will be blessed with joy, courage and strength and comfort as we go throughout our mortal existence. We can be filled continually with His love and not fear.

       Other Resources worth your consideration:

 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?