Journal of Book of Mormon Studies


Bible, Jesus Christ, Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi, Nephi's Vision, Tree of Life, Language, Symbolism, Imagery


Lehi’s dream of the tree of life is well known in Latter- day Saint circles. Its relationship to the vision of Nephi (1 Nephi 11–14), however, may not be so well known. This paper examines the proposition that Nephi’s vision was an expansive, prophetic interpretation of Lehi’s dream of the tree of life; gives an alternate interpretation of Lehi’s dream as a guide to the afterlife; and links Lehi’s dream, the Garden of Eden, and the temple.