This is my realization of a dream had by Lehi, a powerful prophet of God from ‘The
Book of Mormon’. He saw a large open field. In this field he could see a large tree
that was white. The tree had beautiful fruit. He walked up to the tree and partook
of the fruit. It tasted wonderful to him so he wanted his family to also taste it.
He looked and saw his mother and his sons and invited them to come enjoy the fruit
with him. He looked for other sons who were a great distance away. When he invited
these sons they refused. There are other items in this picture to help us understand
this dream. There was a rod of iron leading to the tree. This rod of iron traveled
a mist of darkness before it got to the tree. When he looked around he could see
there was a river between the tree and a great and spacious building. When his prayer
was completed, God revealed the meaning of the items in the dream. He began to understand
that the Tree of Life providing fruit that brought them into the presence of God.
The rod of iron was the word of God bringing people to the Tree of Life. Many people
were trying to enter the great and spacious building, which represents the cares
of the world and the physical desire. It makes it more difficult to choose which
one to follow; the path of Satan or the plan of our Heavenly Father. Look at my blog
for a full description.
In Lehi’s powerful and visually descriptive vision of the Tree of Life, he saw an
iron rod that led to the tree. The iron rod is the word of God, and “whoso would
hearken unto the word of God, and would hold fast unto it, they would never perish;
neither could the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary overpower them
unto blindness, to lead them away to destruction.”
A Priesthood Choir from BYU, under the direction of Ronald Staheli, performed “The
Iron Rod” at the Priesthood Session of the April 2010 General Conference of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. LDS Hymns, 274.
Perhaps, in Lehi´s dream, you were among the crowd trying to decide which path to
take. Keep in mind that there are people who will show you the path they think is
the right one and pressure you to follow it; however, in front of you, there is an
iron rod that will guide you to eternal happiness. It all depends on the path you
choose now, even at this moment. This is all clearly explained in Nephi 8 in the
Book of Mormon.
This painting is a message of hope. My father once told me, “It doesn’t matter where
you are in the path of life, you can turn around and walk forward towards the light.
It is never too late to have a new beginning.” Just like Father Lehi, when you find
yourself surrounded by darkness, turn to the Lord and He will guide you.