Today is Sunday School we talked about Lehi’s vision of the tree of life in the Book of Mormon. It’s found in 1 Nephi 8. We talked about the group that came to the tree of life by “clinging to the rod of iron”. I’ve always wondered what this means and thought I would share an insight that came to me today. Here are two verses of scripture in 1 Nephi 8:24-25
24…they did press forward through the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree
25 And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed.
We see from these verses that the people ate of the fruit but did not realize the significance of the fruit. They did not have a deep testimony of Jesus Christ and His Gospel.
Definition of clinging: overly dependent on someone emotionally
I looked up the definition of clinging and found the definition above. This made me think of how some people rely on the testimonies of their parents or friends. They don’t spend the necessary time and effort to gain a true testimony of Jesus Christ. They go through the motions but miss the true meaning and importance of the Gospel. Or maybe they do the right things but their heart is not in it.
So let’s make sure we do things for the right reason and that we recognize the importance of the Savior and His Gospel. This will help us gain deep testimonies of the Savior and help us be happy now and forever.