Nov 23

Quotes about Lehi’s Dream (the Tree of Life)

Here are a few quotes I really like about the significance of Lehi’s dream of the Tree of Life. Some of these quotes are ones that really sparked in me the desire to study about the vision of the Tree of Life in more depth, which led me develop a great love for this wonderful parable. I just love the symbolism of Lehi’s dream! I feel like it’s like a treasury that holds a wealth of helpful insights that can be a huge key to helping us to navigate life successfully. In the near future I hope to compile all my favorite quotes that shed light on different aspects of the dream, like the iron rod, mists of darkness, etc.
tree of life quotes
         You may think that Lehi’s dream or vision has no special meaning for you, but it does. You are in it; all of us are in it.” (Boyd K. Packer)
       Lehi’s dream has in it everything a Latter-day Saint needs to understand the test of life.” (Boyd K. Packer)
         Read the dream or vision carefully; then read it again. . .Read it, and make it a part of your life.” (Boyd K. Packer)
         I invite you to read again the full accounts of this inspired vision. Study them, ponder them, and apply them to your daily life.” (Ann M. Dibb)
       Lehi’s inspired dream symbolically represents our life in mortality. We can find ourselves represented in it and can see where our lives are headed if we remain on our present path.”  (Book of Mormon Student Study Guide)
       Lehi’s dream helps us understand important principles about life and our efforts to live the gospel. The images in the dream are symbolic, and they represent real challenges that we face every day.” (Book of Mormon Student Study Guide)
         The importance of reading, studying, searching, and pondering the scriptures in general and the Book of Mormon in particular is highlighted in several elements of Lehi’s vision of the tree of life.”  (David A. Bednar)
         The overarching theme of the Book of Mormon—inviting all to come unto Christ—is paramount in Lehi’s vision.”  (David A. Bednar)
         May we all have eyes to see and ears to hear additional lessons from Lehi’s vision that will help us to ‘press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.’ ” (David A. Bednar)
       This dream has symbolic meaning for you and I.  Very interestingly, years later, Joseph Smith Sr. had a dream almost identical to this as he was waiting for the true Church to be  restored to the earth.”  (Susan at Mothers Who Know).
         I want to tell you of the Lord’s guiding hand in our meeting tonight. During the early days of January I worked to organize and outline what I would present to you. Knowing that Elder David A. Bednar was scheduled to speak to you in February, I asked him if he had finalized the subject he would address. I was taken aback when he responded that his talk was about holding fast to the iron rod. It was the exact title I had chosen for my talk. The choir was already practicing this beautiful number that they have just shared with us. As Elder Bednar and I discussed the messages we had prepared, it was evident that we had approached the subject differently. Elder Bednar thought for a moment and said: “The Lord loves the young adults of the Church. There is purpose in this. This is a message the Lord wants delivered.” I determined to proceed. Then, just a week later and before Elder Bednar’s talk, President Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, gave a BYU devotional address he entitled Lehi’s Dream and You.  He too included in his talk what it means to hold fast to the iron rod. My brothers and sisters, this is a subject the Lord wants you to think about.” (Neil A. Anderson)