Tree of Life Vision

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Tree of Life Vision

Lessons

Lesson Four: Tree of Life Vision Teachingldschildren.com

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 1 Nephi 8-10

Scripture Story Telling Ideas

Book of Mormon Stories “Lehi’s Dream” Video and Images

 

Book of Mormon Videos “Lehi Sees a Vision of the Tree of Life”

 

Ensign January 2020 “Family Study Fun”

crayon and paper

Collaborative Art Museum Give everyone a paper and pencil. Assign each person to draw only one of the following: Tree and fruit (1 Nephi 8:10–12) River (1 Nephi 8:13–14) Iron rod (1 Nephi 8:19) Strait and narrow path (1 Nephi 8:20) Great and spacious building (1 Nephi 8:26–28) Pass the papers to the left. Add people to the drawing. Pass again. Add captions or word balloons. Pass again. Color with crayons or markers. Discussion: What do the various parts of the vision represent? (see 1 Nephi 11:21–23; 12:16; 15:23–24; John 14:6; 1 Nephi 11:36). What do we need to do to reach the tree and find joy?

 

Friend June 2011 “Lehi’s Dream” Rebus story.

 

Friend January 2011 “Lehi’s Dream”

Lesson Ideas

Hold to the Rod

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020  Coloring page shows different way we can receive the word of God, such as from the prophet, from the scriptures, from the Holy Ghost, etc. Also, shows how to make a rod with the coloring page.

 

 

 

 

 

Friend January 2020 “Come, Follow Me for Little Ones” Read 1 Nephi 8:30 together and help your little ones say, “I will hold on to the word of God.” Ask your children to hold on to a broomstick or rope to represent the iron rod as you lead them around a room. End your walk at a picture of Jesus or something else to represent God’s love. You could even have some fruit as a snack!

Friend January 2020 “My Family Night Fun” Blindfold PathIn the vision of the tree of life, people had to walk along the path and hold to the iron rod to get to the tree. The iron rod represents the word of God (see 1 Nephi 11:25). Get a long string and a blindfold. Blindfold one person and spin them around. Have them try to walk in a straight line across the room. Was it hard? Now have two people hold the string. After you spin the blindfolded person, have them hold onto the string as they walk across the room. How did it help them? How can the scriptures help us? Sing “Search, Ponder, and Pray” (Children’s Songbook, 109)

Song:  “Hold to the Rod

Love of God

John 3:16 — For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

In Lehi’s vision, we are invited to partake of the love of God, symbolized by the tree and its fruit, and receive the blessings of the Savior’s love and atoning sacrifice.

Share the Fruit

Friend January 2020 “My Family Night Fun” Pass the Apple: Sing “He Sent His Son” (Children’s Songbook, 34–35) In the vision of the tree of life, the fruit on the tree represents the love of God (see 1 Nephi 11:21–22). The fruit was so delicious that Lehi wanted to share it with everyone. Get a piece of paper for each person and an apple or other round fruit. Roll each paper lengthwise into a cone and tape it in place. Now sit in a circle. Put the apple in one cone and pass it from cone to cone around the circle. What’s something good you can share with others?

Activity & Game Ideas

Tree of Life AR is an augmented reality experience for mobile devices created by the church.

 

 

 

 

 

Friend September 1989 “Lehi’s Vision” Match the things that Lehi saw in his vision with what they stand for.

 

 

 

 

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 1 Nephi 8-10 Find your way through the maze of Lehi’s vision, avoiding things that will prevent you from reaching the tree of life.

 

 

 

 

Friend June 1988 “Hold to the Rod” A game based on the meaning of Lehi’s dream.

 

 

 

 

Friend January 2019 “Book of Mormon Puzzler: Funstuff” Find the blocks of Book of Mormon symbols that match the numbered blocks below. Write the letters in the numbered spaces to find the name of the vision Nephi and Lehi saw.

Activity Pages

These activity pages could be used for sacrament meeting quiet books or for sabbath day activity books

Scripture Stories Coloring Book—Book of Mormon Draw your family eating the fruit of the tree.

 

 

 

Come Follow Me: 1 Nephi 11-15

Nephi Desired to Know More and Believed He Could

Lesson: Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 “1 Nephi 11-15”

girl holding paper

Ensign January 2020 “Family Study Fun” Nephi desired to know the meaning of his father’s vision and was shown many wonderful things. Write the scrambled words and scriptures on cards. Read the scriptures to unscramble the words and find out some of the things Nephi was shown.

 

Nephi saw that Heavenly Father sent Jesus Christ to earth because He loves us

Friend January 2020 “Come, Follow Me for Little Ones” Read 1 Nephi 11:24 together and help your little ones say, “Jesus came to earth because He loves me.” Help your little one flip through copies of the Friendand draw a heart next to each picture of Jesus. This would be a great time to share your feelings about the Savior.

Nephi saw that many Plain and Precious Things would be Removed from Bible 1 Nephi 13:26–29, 35–36, 40

The Book of Mormon restores precious truths and is another witness that the things in the Bible did happen..

  • Draw a picture on the board, and invite the children to change or remove parts of the picture to make it look different. Help them understand that, like this picture, some things in the Bible were changed and taken out over time. Read parts of 1 Nephi 13:40 that teach how the Book of Mormon (which Nephi calls “these last records”) helps us understand the “plain and precious things” that were lost from the Bible.

  • Hide around the room pictures representing gospel truths that are clarified in the Book of Mormon, such as baptism, the sacrament, and resurrection. Invite the children to find these pictures. Explain that the Book of Mormon brought back gospel truths that had been lost. Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020

  • Why is it helpful to have more than one witness? Draw a dot on the board, label it Bible, and invite each child to draw a different straight line passing through the dot to illustrate that teachings in the Bible can be interpreted many ways when the Bible stands alone. Erase the lines, and draw a second dot labeled Book of Mormon. Invite a child to draw a straight line that passes through both dots to show that there is only one way to interpret the gospel when the Bible and Book of Mormon are used together.


Lesson 4 – Tree of Life Vision

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Lesson 4
Tree of Life Vision


Preparation

  • Print and cut out the Tree of Life Vision Pictures. Cut off the vertical edge of one side of the river. Glue the edges of the two river pieces together. Cut out and glue a “Temptation” to the back of each “Mist of Darkness.”
  • Also print and cut out the story figures of Lehi and his family found in the Friend, February 2008, For Little Friends, “Lehi and Nephi Obey God”.
  • Items needed: a Book of Mormon for each child, a bag of white Lifesaver mints (don’t remove the mints from their clear individual wrappers), chalk, and tape.

 

Scripture Story
Tell the following story using the Tree of Life Vision pictures and the pictures from “Lehi and Nephi Obey God.” Tape the pictures to the chalk board as you tell the story.

As Lehi and his family prepared for their journey to the promised land, Lehi had a vision. In the vision he was in a dark and dreary wasteland. He prayed to the Lord for mercy. He then saw a large and spacious field and a tree whose fruit was white to exceed all whiteness. The fruit was very desirable to make one happy. He partook of the fruit, and it was sweet above all others ever tasted. It filled him with joy, and he was desirous that his family partake of it also. As he looked around for his family he saw a river near the tree. At the head of the river he saw his wife Sariah and his sons Nephi and Sam. They looked as if they didn’t know where to go, so Lehi called and beckoned to them and they came and partook of the fruit. Lehi also wanted Laman and Lemuel to partake of the fruit. He looked and saw them at the head of the river. He beckoned to them, but they would not come.

As Lehi looked around some more he saw a rod of iron that led to the tree. The rod of iron extended along the bank of the river. There was also a strait and narrow path which went along side the rod of iron. He saw many people, and some were trying to get to the path. When they came and started on the path, a mist of darkness arose and they lost their way and wandered off. Others came forward and caught hold of the rod of iron, and they pressed forward until they partook of the fruit of the tree. Then Lehi saw on the other side of the river a great and spacious building, and it seemed to be floating in the air. The building was filled with a multitude of people whose clothes were very fine. They were mocking those who had partaken of the tree. Some who had partaken of the tree were ashamed because of the scoffing, and they fell away onto other paths and were lost. But there were some who did not heed the scorning of those in the building.

Discussion
• What did Lehi see in the large and spacious field? A tree with fruit on it.
• How did Lehi describe the fruit? (See 1 Nephi 8:10-12) Write on the display board the following descriptions:

It was white to exceed all whiteness.
It was most sweet above all others.
It was desirable to make one happy.
It filled him with joy.

The Lord frequently uses symbolism to teach important lessons. Sometimes it is difficult to understand what the symbolism means. After Nephi listened to his father tell about the dream, he wanted to know what the interpretation was, so he prayed to know its meaning. Because of his faith he was shown the same vision, and he was shown its meaning. Nephi learned that the fruit was the greatest of all the gifts of God.

• What is the greatest of all the gifts of God? (See D&C 14:7) What is eternal life? It is the highest degree in the celestial kingdom, and it is the kind of life Heavenly Father has. (Put the “Eternal Life” label next to the fruit.)

The purpose of Lehi’s vision is to teach us how to gain eternal life. Without the atonement of Jesus Christ we could not attain eternal life, regardless of how good we are on earth, because all men sin and no unclean thing can enter into the kingdom of God. Jesus paid the price for our sins. The tree represents the love of God demonstrated in the sacrifice and the atonement of his son Jesus Christ. (Put up the “Love of God, Atonement of Jesus Christ” label next to the tree.)

• What did the strait and narrow path represent? The strait and narrow path represents following Christ’s way of life such as praying, being honest, giving service, etc. (Put the “Christ’s Way of Life” label next to the path.)

We have been given aids to help us stay on the strait and narrow path. Lehi saw an iron rod that people could hold on to to help them stay on the path.

• What did the rod of iron represent? (See 1 Nephi 15:23–24) (Put the “Word of God” label next to the rod of iron.)

• Where can we find the word of God? In the scriptures, in the teachings of latter-day prophets, and in the promptings of the Holy Ghost.

• In Lehi’s vision some people started on the path but then became lost in mists of darkness. What did the mists of darkness represent? (See 1 Nephi 12:17) (Put the “Temptations of the Devil” label next to the mists of darkness.)

• What are some temptations of the devil? (Place a mist of darkness over the path for each answer given.)

The temptations of the devil blind us. We can’t see the right way to go and we can become lost.

• In the vision, some people made it through the mists of darkness. What did those people use to help guide them? The iron rod which is the word of God. The word of God can help us know the right way to go.

Game

Inform the children they are going to play a game that shows how the word of God helps them know the right way to go.

Tape a mint to each piece of fruit on the tree of life. Cover the rod of iron and the path with the remaining mists of darkness. Direct a volunteer to choose a mist of darkness and read the situation that is on the back. Instruct the children to look in the bible topical guide for the temptation’s subject and find a scripture that would help them avoid and resist that temptation. Have the volunteer read the scripture the children chose. The volunteer can then take a fruit (mint) off the tree. Have another child pick a mist of darkness and do the same process again. Continue until each child has had a turn. After the game is finished, remind the children that if we use the word of God to guide us, it will lead us to eternal life.

• How do we hold onto the word of God? By making it part of our life. We do this by studying and abiding by the teachings found in the scriptures and the words of the latter day prophets, and by seeking for and listening to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Heeding and obeying the word of God will help us avoid the deceptions and temptations of Satan so that we can avoid going astray.

• In the vision, Lehi’s mind was so occupied with other things that he did not notice that the water in the river was filthy. What did the river or fountain of filthy water represent? (See 1 Nephi 12:16 & 15:26–29) (Put the “Depths of Hell” label next to the river.) How do people end up engulfed in the depths of hell? They get lost in Satan’s temptations, go astray, and fall into the depths of hell.

In Lehi’s vision there were some people who held onto the rod until they reached the tree and partook of the fruit, and then they became ashamed and fell away because the world mocked them. These people represent those who accept the gospel and the ordinances necessary for eternal life, such as baptism and temple ordinances, but then they yield to the tauntings and temptations to be like the people of the world.

• The people of the world who were mocking those who partook of the fruit were in a great and spacious building that appeared to be floating in the air. What did the great and spacious building represent? (See 1 Nephi 11:36) (Put the “Pride of the World” label next to the building.)

Pride and feelings of superiority because of possessions, physical abilities, or accomplishments are empty and have nothing to hold them up because everything we have comes from God. Like the building floating in the air, people lifted up in pride eventually will fall. They do not realize that the things the world values such as wealth, honors, physical beauty, and physical ability have no value after death. The only thing of value will be the relationships and the righteous characteristics we develop while on the earth. If we spend our time seeking after worldly things, we may miss the opportunity to develop the things that will be important in the eternities.

In the vision there were those who fell away, but there were also people who partook of the fruit and then remained faithful. The people who remained faithful are those who endured by continuing to seek for and obey the word of God. Because of their study and prayers they have a clear understanding of what has lasting value, and they ignore the world’s empty offerings. They know that eternal life is better than anything that the world has to offer because it is the greatest of all God’s gifts.

Weekly Reading Assignment

  • Remind the children to do their scripture reading assignment for this week – 1 Nephi 8:1-38, 1 Nephi 11:1-36 and 1 Nephi 15:1-36.