Lehi Sees a Vision of the Tree of Life | 1 Nephi 8 | Book of Mormon


Sam…Sam. My sons, wake up. Come to my tent. Is it even dawn yet? I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words,
I have seen a vision. And because of the thing
I have seen, I have reason to rejoice in the Lord
because of Nephi and also of Sam; I have reason to suppose that they, and also many of their seed, will be saved. But Laman and Lemuel, I fear exceedingly because of you. I saw in my dream, a dark and dreary wilderness. Lehi, come with me. Lord, have mercy on me, according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies. As I partook of the fruit, it filled my soul
with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family
should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit. And as I cast my eyes round about that perhaps I might discover my family also. I beheld a river of water. Sariah! Sam! Nephi! Come to me. Partake of the fruit! It is desirable above all other fruit. Laman! Lemuel! Come, partake of the fruit! They would not come unto me and partake of the fruit. Laman, Lemuel. And I beheld a rod of iron, and it extended along
the bank of the river, and led to the tree
by which I stood. And I also beheld a strait
and narrow path, which came along by the rod of iron, even to the tree by which I stood; and it also led
by the head of the fountain, unto 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. And it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceedingly great
mist of darkness, insomuch that they
who had commenced on the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost. I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth
and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press forward through the mist of darkness clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake
of the fruit of the tree. I beheld, on the other side
of the river of water, a great and spacious building; and it stood as it were in the air, high above the earth. And it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and their manner of dress
was exceedingly fine. How pitiful! And they were in the attitude
of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at
and were partaking of the fruit. And after they had partaken
of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed, Because of those
that were scoffing at them; and they fell away
into forbidden paths and were lost. I saw other multitudes
pressing forward; and they came and caught hold
of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press
their way forward continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until they came forth and fell down and partook
of the fruit of the tree. And many were drowned
in the depths of the fountain; and many were lost from view, wandering in strange roads. And great was the multitude that did enter
into that strange building. And after they did enter
into that building they did point
the finger of scorn at me and those that were partaking
of the fruit also; but we heeded them not. For as many as heeded them, had fallen away. Laman, Lemuel… Laman and Lemuel partook not
of the fruit. I don’t understand. I fear exceedingly for you, my sons. And I plead with you, hearken to my words that perhaps the Lord will be merciful, and not cast you off. Please, keep the commandments of the Lord.

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