1 Nephi 8:19–20, 30
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.
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.
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.
Lehi has a vision about a tree filled with white fruit. The fruit is delicious, and Lehi wants his family to come and eat the fruit too. He calls to his family, and his wife Sariah and his sons Nephi and Sam come and join him at the tree. But Laman and Lemuel refuse to come. Lehi also sees many other people, and notices a rod of iron that leads to the tree. Some people follow the rod of iron along the path to the tree. Others wander off toward a great and spacious building, or get lost in the mists of darkness.
The iron rod that Lehi sees in his vision represents the word of God. The fruit of the tree represents the love of God, the greatest gift he offers us. As we follow the words of God and keep the commandments, we will be draw closer to Him and be filled with His love.
“Just as the rod kept people from getting lost as long as they held on to it, so, too, will the word of God help to keep us from going astray. As long as we follow him, always try to do what is right…and pray, God will help us and will lead us back to him.” Jeffrey R. Holland
What does the iron rod symbolize? (Discuss ideas.)
What does it mean to hearken to the word of God? (To listen to and pay attention to the word of God.)
Where do we find the word of God? (Discuss ideas.)
How does the word of God keep us safely on the right path? (Discuss ideas)
Why was Lehi worried about Laman and Lemuel? (Discuss ideas)
What are the some of the things in your life that influence you to stray from the iron rod? (Discuss ideas)
What can you do to overcome those influences and return to the rod? (Discuss ideas)
How are we blessed for keeping the commandments? (Discuss ideas)
This enlightening Iron Rod Activity will teach your children the importance of holding fast to the Iron Rod and how they can help other family members find their way back if they stray from the rod. While blindfolded, children must avoid obstacles by listening for guidance. If lost, other family members will help them find their way back.
Here’s an easy stove-top Candy Iron Rods recipe. Complete the lesson while you wait the 30 minutes for the candy to cool. Then hold onto the rod while you twist and shape it into a delicious candy treat.
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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