Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2009, December 8

“Book of Mormon: What is the Iron Rod to You? How Do You Use It?” by grego

“Book of Mormon: What is the Iron Rod to You? How Do You Use It?”

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I want to talk a little about the iron rod.

In their visions in the Book of Mormon (1 Nephi 8, 1 Nephi 11), Lehi and Nephi saw the iron rod, which was the word of God, leading people to the tree of life.

Some of us walk along the path, thinking, “What is this big thing doing in the way?”

Others of us know what it is, but feel that it might cause blisters, or be too hot to touch in the sun, or bothersome to hold on to, or too hard to get used to holding on to.

Others hold it, but when the mists of darkness come, we get scared and immediately let go and wander off to find something that allows us to actually see the path… only to have lost the path!

Others of us feel that it is inconvenient, or even unnecessary to hold on to it. “Why bother? I can see my path so clearly and easily.” And in the bright sunshine, it just doesn’t seem much of a necessity. So we let go and wander left and right, thinking that since it is still near us, we can get to it in time if we ever need to–only to find out that all of a sudden, it’s dark/ we can’t see/ the mist surrounds us, and we can’t get back; we were wrong, and are lost.

Many of us try to walk the path without holding the rod, only to find that it is impossible–we get stuck and sink in the mud, we stumble, we slip and can’t get up, we slide off to the side and close to the caprice–asking all the while, “Why is this path so difficult to walk?! I hate this!”

Some of us try to figure out other uses for it, and try to bend it and twist it with our bare hands and bang our heads against it… only to find out that it hurts.

And some of us… ah, some of us–hold it, and follow it, and it brings us to the Jesus and His atonement and the love of God.

How do *you* use the iron rod?

Book of Mormon Iron Rod verses:
1 Nephi 8:19 And I beheld a rod of iron, and it extended along the bank of the river, and led to the tree by which I stood.

1 Nephi 8:20 And I also beheld a strait and narrow path, which came along by the rod of iron, even to the tree by which I stood; and it also led by the head of the fountain, unto a large and spacious field, as if it had been a world.

1 Nephi 8:21 And I saw numberless concourses of people, many of whom were pressing forward, that they might obtain the path which led unto the tree by which I stood.

1 Nephi 8:22 And it came to pass that they did come forth, and commence in the path which led to the tree.

1 Nephi 8:23 And it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceedingly great mist of darkness, insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost.

1 Nephi 8:24 And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and 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.

1 Nephi 8:25 And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed.

1 Nephi 8:26 And I also cast my eyes round about, and beheld, on the other side of the river of water, a great and spacious building; and it stood as it were in the air, high above the earth.

1 Nephi 8:27 And it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and their manner of dress was exceedingly fine; and they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit.

1 Nephi 8:28 And after they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed, because of those that were scoffing at them; and they fell away into forbidden paths and were lost.

1 Nephi 8:29 And now I, Nephi, do not speak all the words of my father.

1 Nephi 8:30 But, to be short in writing, behold, he saw other multitudes pressing forward; and they came and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press their way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until they came forth and fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree.

1 Nephi 8:31 And he also saw other multitudes feeling their way towards that great and spacious building.

1 Nephi 8:32 And it came to pass that many were drowned in the depths of the fountain; and many were lost from his view, wandering in strange roads.

1 Nephi 11:25 And it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of iron, which my father had seen, was the word of God, which led to the fountain of living waters, or to the tree of life; which waters are a representation of the love of God; and I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God.

1 Nephi 15:23 And they said unto me: What meaneth the rod of iron which our father saw, that led to the tree?

1 Nephi 15:24 And I said unto them that it was the word of God; and whoso would hearken unto the word of God, and would hold fast unto it, they would never perish; neither could the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary overpower them unto blindness, to lead them away to destruction.

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