Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lehi's Dream: What Lehi Saw

I promised you I would do a follow up post to Understanding Lehi's Dream.  And today is the day! 1 Nephi 8 goes hand in hand with 1Nephi 11-Nephi's interpretations.

I have a great personal love for this section of The Book of Mormon as it has so much to teach us about ourselves, the gospel plan, and the plan and purpose of the Savior and His Atonement in our lives.  I love the symbolism of this dream! 

Let's dig in!!

The Dream: 1 Nephi 8

For those of  you who are unfamiliar with The Book of Mormon or Lehi's Dream, you can read it for yourself (HERE).   For the rest, we will jump to the main principles and highlights of his dream.
" Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision." images
Lehi has a dream-vision in great detail. It is not just a dream, but becomes a prophetic vision of the spiritual outcome of his immediate family, and for all of us.
In this dream he stands at a tree which fruit is so desirable both physically and spiritually, his greatest desire is to bring his family to the tree so they can partake of it also.  Some heed him and some don't.   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.
Lehi saw in his dream the following things.  I will include the interpretations of them in a later post:
  • A dark and dreary wilderness
  • A man dressed in a white robe whom he followed
  • Dark and dreary waste
  • Darkness which he traveled through, until he prayed to be delivered from
  • Large field
  • Tree 
  • Fruit that specifically made one happy, best tasting, most sweet, and explicitly white, and filled his whole soul with joy
  • River of water
  • His family
  • Rod of iron
  • Straight and narrow path
  • Numberless amount of people trying to find the path
  • Mist of darkness
  • Great and spacious building (not touching the ground)  filled with the richness and pride of the people of the world.
  • A fountain which was very deep
Other noteworthy observations:
  • Laman and Lemuel never partook of the fruit...
  • Everyone who heeded the people from the great and spacious building....fell away
  • Those who "held fast" to the rod had a different outcome than those who "clinged" to the rod
  • Those who "fell down" denoting worshipping did NOT fall away
More to come!