Lehi’s Dream – 1 Nephi 8:1-38

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.

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18 Responses to Lehi’s Dream – 1 Nephi 8:1-38

  1. Rachel M. Crandall says:

    Thanks

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  2. S Silver says:

    Thank you for the time you take to share this information!

    “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.]”

    Can you further define the “pressing forward” that people do before they obtain the path and grab hold of the rod of iron? What are these activities in real life that people engage in?

    Does the path begin exactly where the rod of iron begins or is there a bit of a path leading up to the rod of iron (symbolically and literally)?

    Thank you for sharing that those who seek the path will find it. That is comforting to those of us still fumbling about!

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  3. S Silver says:

    What does the rod of iron look like in Lehi’s dream? Is it connected to the ground/path in any way or does it float in the air? Is it a dark iron color or is it lighter? Does it look like cast iron or is it polished and smooth? Was it thick or thinner than a regular tubular hand rail we encounter on earth around schools and sports stadiums? Was there anything about it’s visual portrayal that held symbolism?

    Any idea why the rod is made of iron? Is it because iron ore can come from rock, which can be a symbol of Christ?

    Thank you for what you share!

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  4. I did not see all of Lehi’s dream. I saw elements of the vision he had that the Lord wanted me to see, and I asked questions. “Pressing forward” are those who are seeking truth.

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  5. When I saw this my eyes were more focused on the people and what they were doing than the details of the rod. It seemed to be a dark grey and palm width, but I don’t remember how it was fastened to the ground or not. You should seek a revelation regarding those details if you wish to know.

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  6. Karla says:

    It said that “The building stood in the air” no solid foundation.
    I wish I could taste the flavor of the fruit, all things are first spiritual before they are physical. I’m praying to get where I can feel the fruit, taste the flavor of it, but it is beautiful.

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  7. Karla says:

    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]” These are 3rd and fourth state? From what you’ve explained before these are they that make these covenants before condescending, to become sons or daughters of perdition. They looked at the spacious building and desire it?

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  8. Karla says:

    Gradual Infidelity, sounds to me like a process of slowly or gradually participating of something forbidden, or desiring that which is not of the light, Godliness “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

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  9. When reading this part of the vision we assume that it was a simple glance to the spacious building, an embarrassed feeling, and then to throw it all away to follow Satan. This doesn’t describe the full picture of becoming a son of perdition. Yes, these are 4th estate, but as I’ve said before, a person does not accidentally, by simply jumping to the other side, becomes a son of perdition after tasting of the fruit. The word “ashamed” is more than to be embarrassed. It is similar to how a spouse would feel as they tell their bride that they are guilty of an infidelity. Such things occur slowly over time and result in act of complete rejection of their vows. More hints into the meaning behind this: 2 Timothy 1:7-9, 1 John 2:28

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  10. Dave Norman says:

    Perhaps you’ve posted something on this previously. Man in white robe?

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  11. My answer is in verse seven.

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  12. Richard Jeppson says:

    I remember as a kid watching the living scriptures of this dream and seeing lamen and lemuel in the great and spacious building partying it up. It always stuck with me until just now you pointing out they never entered the building but just refused the fruit. Dang you Richard Rich!

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  13. Earnest Mormon says:

    I like this additional insight in verse 30: (at the feet of Christ) …they did press their way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until they came forth and fell down (Second Comforter) [at the feet of Christ] and partook of the fruit of the tree.

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  14. 1lhn says:

    Lehi is such an amazing man. I have great fondness for this visionary man. Did he write about this vision in the book of Lehi? If so, is it the same as Nephi wrote here? Or was it tailored to the one having the vision with different emphasis and details? [Lehi saw a different vision than Nephi. We often see different things. My vision of the Tree of Life had different details, some were the same, some things they saw I didn’t. Often what we see is determined by the questions we ask. PR]

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  15. MRR says:

    You said: ” [No person, once having grabbed hold of the rod fails to come to the tree.]”

    and then: “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.” (which fruit… is eternal life)

    I know many who are baptized who fall away. So that rules that out (water baptism). If the tree is Jesus, and the rod is revelation towards personal commandments, then how can it be that all who grab the iron rod make it to the tree? If the tree is Jesus, and the fruit is eternal life, then we are not talking about a 2nd comforter experience here, are we?

    I don’t think there are that many people reaching the tree (Jesus and a 2nd comforter experience) let alone who then fall away to the world. That’s why I’m asking my questions because the symbols aren’t connecting (for me)

    [When they grab hold of the rod they light up, which part is not included in Nephi’s explanation (something I saw in my personal vision). When I asked about this I was told it was them receiving the Holy Ghost gift. They continue to exercise the gifts of the Spirit via revelation (the word of God) until the perfect day. This can occur in this life or the next. The Second Comforter means different things to people. For some, it is to have an experience where they see the Savior in a dream or day vision, but that in itself does not guarantee that one has received the gift of the Holy Ghost. To partake of the fruit of the Tree of Life is to receive Eternal Life and literally stand in the presence of God, which can occur in this life or the next. PR]

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  16. Ekaterina Turman says:

    [The fruit itself plays an important role in the Everlasting Covenant.]
    What is it about the fruit that makes it so special? Obviously it’s not just its nutritional value. You said it’s a real tangible thing. Why do we need to actually partake? I used to think it was symbolic. Does it change our physical and/or spiritual body? Interestingly it was also partaking of the fruit that led to the fall. I wonder why it is always the fruit that symbolizes something great to desire. [At some point in your progression, as you receive a fullness of the Lord, you will be given an opportunity to partake of the fruit of the Tree of Life with your spouse. The seeds of the fruit will become a part of you and make room for you to plant your own tree in the Garden of Heaven as you prepare to make way for your own posterity. PR]
    I also can’t stop thinking about the heartbreaking pain Lehi and Sariah must have experienced for Laman and Lemuel. Are there words of comfort you can offer to parents whose children don’t choose Christ? Are there laws in heaven that allow righteous parents to advocate before the Father for their wayward children? After partaking of the fruit myself, my greatest desire would be for my spouse and my children also to partake (unless they beat me to it :)). I can’t even fathom imagining losing one of my children spiritually forever. [The children of the Everlasting Covenant are given many opportunities to come unto Christ. I was told that hope is not lost for Laman and Lemuel. You might wonder how that can be? Unless they made covenants with Satan, there is a path to redemption. In this is a mystery. PR]

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  17. P B says:

    It seems that when we receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost that we are also bestowed with the gift of charity (begin to partake of the pure love of Christ which he has for us and for others). In this way everyone who grabs hold of the iron rod (and lights up) begins to be “filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son” (Moroni 7:48).

    Is being “filled with this love” that Moroni speaks of different than partaking of the “fruit of the tree of life”, which also represents the “love of God”? [The fruit is Eternal Life, which is given to those who receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, but not fully realized until they ascend to the Third Heaven. PR]

    When you say that “no person, once having grabbed hold of the rod fails to come to the tree” – does this mean that everyone will begin to taste of the gift of charity after having grabbed the rod (received the Holy Ghost) or do you mean that everyone who has received the Holy Ghost (entered their 3rd estate) will ultimately make their way to Christ – either in this life or the next??? [Those who have received the gift of the Holy Ghost (grabbed hold of the rod) cannot be lost. They will all come to the tree. However, after they partake of the fruit if they are tempted to seek after Satan’s kingdom they will fall. PR]

    Thank you brother for all you do!!!!

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  18. jmeyerusa says:

    In verse 32: “and many were lost from his view, wandering in strange roads. [Various religions of the world.]” Can you talk more about this? I’ve noticed an increased interest in things like “chakras”, meditation, yoga, and the like that are associated with other religions. Are these things to be avoided? Are there truths that explain things that we can learn from if one is careful to check for their truthfulness? Or is it a slippery slope? How do these other religions, that seem to have been around forever, fit into the big picture? [Many religions have elements of truth. We should gather truth wherever we find it and use prudence to apply what is good to our lives. If it pulls us away from Christ it is to be avoided. PR]

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