1 Nephi 15:21–36

From Section: Nephi’s Response and Understanding

From Page: Lehites in Jerusalem and Arabia

And it came to pass that they did speak unto me again, saying:”What meaneth this thing which our father saw in a dream? What meaneth the tree which he saw?”

And I said unto them: “It was a representation of the tree of life.”

And they said unto me: “What meaneth the rod of iron which our father saw, that led to the tree? And I said unto them that it was the word of God, and whose would hearken unto the word of God, and would hold fast unto it, they would never perish; neither could the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary overpower them unto blindness, to lead them away to destruction.”

Wherefore, I, Nephi, did exhort them to give heed unto the word of the Lord; yea, I did exhort them with all the energies of my soul, and with all the faculty which I possessed, that they would give heed to the word of God and remember to keep his commandments always in all things.

And they said unto me: “What meaneth the river of water which our father saw?”

And I said unto them:

And they said unto me: “Doth this thing mean the torment of the body in the days of probation, or doth it mean the final state of the soul after the death of the temporal body, or doth it speak of the things which are temporal?”

And it came to pass that I said unto them:

And thus I spake unto my brethren. Amen.

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