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Lehi’s Vision of the Tree of Life

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Book of Mormon Lesson 12: 1 Nephi Chapter 8

To Prepare: Read through the linked lesson above (be sure to read 1 Nephi Chapter 8 and print a copy of the activity below for each child participating. You’ll also need scissors and glue!

To Teach: Begin with a prayer. Children may already be familiar with the vision of the Tree of Life, adjust the level of detail accordingly.

We read verse 2 to introduce the chapter, then skipped to verses 5-7. (A ‘waste’ is a barren wilderness or desert.)
Then we read verse 8-18 slowly, explaining what Lehi did, then what Sariah, Nephi, and Sam did, and finally what Laman and Lemuel did.

Next, read verses 19-34 to see what Lehi saw all the other people doing in his vision. At the end of the chapter, Lehi begged Laman and Lemuel to repent and listen, so that they could be happy.

We then talked about the symbols in Lehi’s vision.

  • Tree of Life and its fruit = the Love of God
  • The river of filthy water = filthiness and the depths of Hell
  • The rod of iron = the word of God (scriptures, revelation, word of the prophets)
  • The mists of darkness = temptations
  • The great and spacious building = the pride of the world

Finish by cutting out the symbols from Lehi’s vision and pasting them into place. Well done!

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