“The Tree of Life: Art Depicting Lehi’s Dream and the Tree of Life,” Ensign, June 1996, 32–36
Book of Mormon
The Tree of Life:
Art Depicting Lehi’s Dream and the Tree of Life
In Lehi’s vision of the tree of life, Lehi was shown, among other things, “a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy” (1 Ne. 8:10). He also saw several obstacles on the strait and narrow path to the tree, including a river of water, mists of darkness that led seekers astray, and a great and spacious building filled with people who mocked those who partook of the fruit. But Lehi also saw a rod of iron leading to the tree that acted as a sure guide to those who would grasp hold of it and follow where it led.
Lehi’s son Nephi saw the same vision and recorded the interpretations told him by an angel of the vision’s symbolism (see 1 Ne. 11–4; 1 Ne. 15:21–36). Taking images from the accounts of the vision, artists have used a variety of media to express their convictions about the power of the vision of the tree of life.