Lehi’s vision of the Tree of Life is a beautiful testament to the love of God. However, it’s not always easy to follow the invitation to come and partake. This FHE lesson discusses how we can more abundantly partake in the goodness of God while enduring to the end. Our FHE lessons include three lesson plans for different ages, treat recipes, activity ideas, and more.
And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of thethereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the that I had ever seen.
1. To Nephi, seer of olden time,
A vision came from God,
Wherein the holy word sublime
Was shown an iron rod.
Hold to the rod, the iron rod;
‘Tis strong, and bright, and true.
The iron rod is the word of God;
‘Twill safely guide us through.
2. While on our journey here below,
Beneath temptation’s pow’r,
Through mists of darkness we must go,
In peril ev’ry hour.
3. And when temptation’s pow’r is nigh,
Our pathway clouded o’er,
Upon the rod we can rely,
And heaven’s aid implore.
4. And, hand o’er hand, the rod along,
Through each succeeding day,
With earnest prayer and hopeful song,
We’ll still pursue our way.
5. Afar we see the golden rest
To which the rod will guide,
Where, with the angels bright and blest,
Forever we’ll abide.
Begin the lesson by creating an obstacle course through a room in your home. Blindfold your children and tell them they have to try to get to the end. If able, allow your children the chance to go through.
Then, have them go again, but offer them instructions out loud as they go through. Once everyone has successfully completed the course, show them that a yummy treat was awaiting them.
Ask: What was hard about this obstacle course? Did anything make it easier? Why?
Read aloud: In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Lehi sees a vision of the Tree of Life. The tree is covered in the most delicious fruit. A rod of iron helps lead to the tree.
Ask: How can the obstacle course relate to the Tree of Life?
Read aloud: Just how we as loving parents [or guardians/aunts/leaders] wanted to help you partake of this yummy treat, Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to partake of his love. When we feel God’s love, we may feel peace and joy. We may feel like good things are possible. We may feel happy with what we have. We may also feel comfort and support if things aren’t going well.
Ask: Have you felt God’s love? What did it feel like for you?
Read aloud: Now, it’s not always easy to hold onto the iron rod, even with God’s support. We may feel doubt or discouragement. We may be afraid or sad. When this happens, we can ask for help.
Ask: What can we do to hold to the iron rod if we are having a hard time?
Finish the lesson with your testimony.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin the lesson by watching the following video. Before pressing play, ask everyone to think about if and why it has been hard at points in their life to partake of the fruit of the Tree of Life. When the video is done playing, repeat your question and have everyone discuss it with a partner.
Read aloud: In this video, we see some of the joy that comes from partaking of the fruit of the Tree of Life, which represents the love of God. We also see some of the pain that comes when we or someone we love turns away. Holding to the gospel path is easy, even with such beautiful promises awaiting us.
Ask: What holds us back from going to the Tree of Life and partaking of the fruit? What can we do to overcome these things?
Read aloud: Heavenly Father knew we would struggle. In the vision, Lehi sees a rod of iron that helps lead him and his family to the tree. In our lives, we hold onto our own iron rods. It could prayer, scripture study, remembering past spiritual experiences, priesthood blessings, and personal testimony that we hold onto.
Share a personal experience in your life when you were able to hold onto your own “iron rod.” Ask others to share their own experiences when you’re done.
Finish the lesson with your testimony or by addressing any questions that have surfaced.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Read through 1 Nephi 8. Write down all of the different symbols Lehi sees. Then, ponder on their meanings. Ask what each symbol could personally mean for you in your life.
White Chocolate Caramel Apples
White chocolate melts
Caramel apple sticks
- Wash and dry apples. Carefully skewer with a caramel apple stick.
- Melt caramels per the package instructions. You can also use a homemade caramel. Dip each apple into the caramel and let harden.
- While the caramel is hardening, melt the white chocolate melts. Dip each caramel apple into the white chocolate. If you’d like, you can decorate them with sprinkles, sugar, or other chocolates.
Book of Mormon Video
Watch the Book of Mormon video of this story as a family or group.