THE TREE OF LIFE
One of my favorite parts of our reading was the vision that Lehi and Nephi saw in a dream and the interpretation. Above is an artist's depiction of the vision.
I want to apply this vision in my life. The rod is the word of God and I must hold on to the commandments taught by the prophets of God and the scriptures. Only when I hold on to the rod, walk on the straight and narrow path and don't let go, can I gain the love of God through the atonement and receive Eternal life.
I need to be careful that I don't get led off of the path by the vain imaginations and pride of the world or by those that aren't keeping the commandments like found the people in the large and spacious building. I need to make sure that I don't let go of the rod because of wickedness and fall into the depths of the river or the depths of hell. I need to hold on tightly to the rod and not be blinded by the mists of darkness or the temptations of the devil.
I can receive the strength to withstand persecution and not be ashamed by staying on the straight and narrow path, holding on to the rod, and by studying and following all the commandments of God. When I do get off of the straight and narrow path or let go of the rod of iron, I need to quickly repent in order to get back on track and eventually I hope to be worthy through the atonement of Jesus Christ to receive the most sweet and most precious blessing that we can receive which is receiving Eternal Life and living with God again.