1 And it came to pass that we had gathered together all manner of seeds of every kind, both of grain of every kind, and also of the seeds of fruit of every kind. [They had brought various dried fruit and grains.]
2 And it came to pass that while my father tarried in the wilderness he spake unto us, saying: Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision. [A vision is often similar to a daylight dream, where you are awake yet seeing something in the Spirit.]
3 And behold, because of the thing which I have seen, I have reason to rejoice in the Lord because of Nephi and also of Sam; for I have reason to suppose that they, and also many of their seed, will be saved.
4 But behold, Laman and Lemuel, I fear exceedingly because of you; for behold, methought I saw in my dream, a dark and dreary wilderness. [the world]
5 And it came to pass that I saw a man, and he was dressed in a white robe; and he came and stood before me.
6 And it came to pass that he spake unto me, and bade me follow him.
7 And it came to pass that as I followed him I beheld myself that I was in a dark and dreary waste. [The Adversary often deceives us as a being of light.]
8 And after I had traveled for the space of many hours in darkness, [Lehi’s vision was leading nowhere, as he struggled to see. He began to feel the need for God’s help. This is often the pattern for those seeking divine guidance. Often, we are allowed to be deceived that we may know the good from the evil.] I began to pray unto the Lord that he would have mercy on me, according to the multitude of his tender mercies. [As we pray for deliverance we are blessed.]
9 And it came to pass after I had prayed unto the Lord I beheld a large and spacious field. [The beginning of the true vision. The field is leading to the purpose of the vision.]
10 And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, [representing Christ] whose fruit was desirable to make one happy. [Eternal Life]
11 And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen. [Although a vision, the fruit of the Tree of Life is a tangible real fruit, which exists at the Throne of God. Each person who will receive Eternal Life must partake. I have eaten of this fruit and it is as Lehi describes. It reminds me of the flavor of a sweet nashi with the texture of soft pineapple, wrapped in a white husk.]
12 And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; [exquisite love and 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. [The fruit itself plays an important role in the Everlasting Covenant.]
13 And as I cast my eyes round about, that perhaps I might discover my family also, I beheld a river of water; and it ran along, and it was near the tree of which I was partaking the fruit.
14 And I looked to behold from whence it came; and I saw the head thereof a little way off; and at the head thereof I beheld your mother Sariah, and Sam, and Nephi; and they stood as if they knew not whither they should go. [The beginning of each person’s spiritual journey.]
15 And it came to pass that I beckoned unto them; and I also did say unto them with a loud voice that they should come unto me, and partake of the fruit, which was desirable above all other fruit. [Often the Lord teaches us through symbolic visions or dreams to prepare us for future events. The key is to ask and discover the meaning to the dream.]
16 And it came to pass that they did come unto me and partake of the fruit also.
17 And it came to pass that I was desirous that Laman and Lemuel should come and partake of the fruit also; wherefore, I cast mine eyes towards the head of the river, that perhaps I might see them.
18 And it came to pass that I saw them, [In our visions we see that which we desire to look upon.] but they would not come unto me and partake of the fruit.
19 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.
20 And I also beheld a strait and narrow path, [This path represents the commandments, the church, and all things which can help guide us in our journey.] 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.
21 And I saw numberless concourses of people, many of whom were pressing forward, that they might obtain the path [Those who seek the path will find it.] which led unto the tree by which I stood.
22 And it came to pass that they did come forth, and commence in the path which led to the tree.
23 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 in the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost. [The mist of darkness can be many things: unbelief, false traditions, philosophies of men, temptation to sin, doubt, depression, etc. Every person is susceptible to this mist of darkness unless they grab hold of the rod.]
24 And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught hold of the end [Always start at the end, not the middle.] of the rod of iron; [I have seen this in vision and one detail I noticed was that as they grabbed hold their bodies are filled with light. The Lord told me this is the Gift of the Holy Ghost. The rod itself is the “word of God,” which is personal revelation. This is received however the Lord gives it to us, whether directly or through scripture, or another.] 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. [No person, once having grabbed hold of the rod fails to come to the tree.]
25 And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed.
26 And I also cast my eyes round about, and beheld, on the other side of the river of water, [The barrier between God and Satan.] a great and spacious building; [The kingdom of the Adversary.] and it stood as it were in the air, high above the earth.
27 And it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; [Many levels in Satan’s realm.] and their manner of dress was exceedingly fine; and they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit. [This the manner of those of perdition, as they mock and plot against the servants of God.]
28 And after they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed, because of those that were scoffing at them; and they fell away into forbidden paths and were lost. [become sons or daughters of perdition]
29 And now I, Nephi, do not speak all the words of my father. [concerning those who will fall]
30 But, to be short in writing, behold, he 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 [at the feet of Christ] and partook of the fruit of the tree.
31 And he also saw other multitudes feeling their way towards that great and spacious building. [Different groups of people will find their way to perdition.]
32 And it came to pass that many were drowned in the depths of the fountain; [overcome by Satan’s temptation.] and many were lost from his view, wandering in strange roads. [Various religions of the world.]
33 And great was the multitude that did enter into that strange building. [Church of the Devil] 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.
34 These are the words of my father: For as many as heeded them, [Kingdom of Darkness] had fallen away.
35 And Laman and Lemuel partook not of the fruit, said my father. [But they did not yet join the Church of the Devil.]
36 And it came to pass after my father had spoken all the words of his dream or vision, which were many, he said unto us, because of these things which he saw in a vision, he exceedingly feared for Laman and Lemuel; yea, he feared lest they should be cast off from the presence of the Lord.
37 And he did exhort them then with all the feeling of a tender parent, that they would hearken to his words, that perhaps the Lord would be merciful to them, and not cast them off; yea, my father did preach unto them. [This verse says much about Lehi’s style of parenting. He would reason and preach to his sons patiently.]
38 And after he had preached unto them, and also prophesied [spoke by the Spirit of God] unto them of many things, he bade them to keep the commandments of the Lord; and he did cease speaking unto them.
Lehi’s Dream gave him comfort and understanding regarding his family and how the Adversary operates. The most common misconception is that as long as we hold to our scriptures and church authorities (iron rod) we will be safe from the mists of darkness. This is not how this should be interpreted. In the later chapter Nephi tells us that the rod of iron is the word of God. This means that we are now receiving revelation for ourselves and rely upon no man to teach us but the Lord. Until we learn this important lesson we are vulnerable to the confusion and temptations that may befall us as we walk the path.