Tree of Life

There is no iron rod to the great and spacious building

Jan 26, 2020
2 min read

In the vision of the tree of life that Lehi and Nephi witnessed, a “great and spacious building,” prominently juxtaposed the righteous seeking to find their way to the tree of life. The tree had a path and an iron…

Entering the Darkness

Mar 23, 2019
3 min read

The one component of Lehi’s vision that I have been thinking about for a while now is the mist of darkness. There have been many satisfying things I have learned from meditating upon this part of the vision and pondering…

Matthew 4: The Temptation of Christ and the Vision of the Tree of Life

Feb 9, 2019
4 min read

I’m not sure if anyone has made this connection before, but in studying Matthew 4, I noticed that there were some pretty striking similarities to what Jesus went through in the desert and the vision that Lehi and Nephi had….

The Source of Ideas

Aug 13, 2018
3 min read

Where does that idea come from? It is a question that doesn’t get asked often enough. Someone proclaims something and it sounds right, they even have reasoning that feels compelling, but where did that idea originate? Ideas are essential and…

God Stepping Down

Jul 15, 2018
3 min read

“Knowest thou the condescension of God?” This question was posed to Nephi in a vision by one he refers to as the Spirit of the Lord. (1 Nephi 11:16) I’ve read this verse many, many times and I’ve often heard young people…

Analysis of an Incredible Eve/Mary Artwork by a Roman Catholic Nun

Dec 30, 2017
7 min read

My friend, Richard N. shared this image with me, and I thought it was fantastic. What is lacking in artistic skill is made up for in composition and message which I will attempt to break down as intricately as I…

The Space Between the Rod and the Tree

Oct 28, 2017
4 min read

I was reading Elder Uchtdorf’s Three Sisters talk from this past General Conference and something he said prompted me to look at Lehi’s vision again. I went looking for a particular verse that illustrated the moment the people went from…

The Lost in Nephi’s Vision

Sep 9, 2017
5 min read

“And I also beheld… a large and spacious field, as if it had been a world. And I saw numberless concourses of people, many of whom were pressing forward, that they might obtain the path which led unto the tree…” (1…

Lehi Likes the Fruit, Nephi Likes the Tree

Jul 2, 2017
1 min read

In Lehi’s vision, there are 18 references to the fruit of the tree of life with only 9 references to the tree itself. (1 Nephi 8) In Nephi’s vision, there is a larger focus on the tree of life with…