“The Fountain of Living Waters”

Alan C. Miner

In Lehi's dream, at the end of the strait and narrow path were both the tree of life and a "fountain of living waters" (1 Nephi 11:25). According to McConkie and Millet, the words of Jehovah through his servant Jeremiah are particularly insightful in identifying Christ himself with this joint symbol. "My people have committed two evils," the Lord said anciently, for "they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water" (Jeremiah 2:13; italics added) [Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1, p. 81]

1 Nephi 11:25 The tree of life ([Illustration]): Torah-shrine and symbolic tree in the ancient synagogue of Dura Europos. [Hugh W. Nibley, Since Cumorah, p. 190]

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