“A Pillar of Fire”

D. Kelly Ogden, Andrew C. Skinner

During Lehi’s first vision there came a “pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock,” and he “saw and heard much” (so did Joseph Smith; see Joseph Smith–History 1:20, 41, 54). The pillar of fire “dwelt upon” a rock—the Hebrew verb shakhan means to be situated or rest upon (compare Deuteronomy 33:16, “dwelt in the bush”). Another form of the word is Shekhinah, which refers to the divine Presence. The pillar of fire was actually the presence and glory of the Lord. Joseph Smith also saw a pillar of fire, or “a pillar of light” (Joseph Smith–History 1:16). 1

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