The vision of the Tree of Life is the central message in the Book of Mormon.

Chapter Two: 1 Nephi 6-10

Tree of Life Mormon1And now I, Nephi, do not give the genealogy of my fathers in this part of my record; neither at any time shall I give it after upon these plates which I am writing; for it is given in the record which has been kept by my father; wherefore, I do not write it in this work.

2For it sufficeth me to say that we are descendants of Joseph.

3And it mattereth not to me that I am particular to give a full account of all the things of my father, for they cannot be written upon these plates, for I desire the room that I may write of the things of God.

Elder Boyd K. Packer explained:

After the people of Lehi left Jerusalem, Lehi had a vision of the tree of life. His son Nephi prayed to know its meaning. In answer, he was given a remarkable vision of Christ.

In that vision he saw—

  • A virgin bearing a child in her arms,
  • One who should prepare the way—John the Baptist,
  • The ministry of the Son of God,
  • Twelve others following the Messiah,
  • The heavens open and angels ministering to them,
  • The multitudes blessed and healed,
  • The crucifixion of the Christ,
  • The wisdom and pride of the world opposing his work. (See 1 Nephi 11:14–36.)

That vision is the central message of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is in truth another testament of Jesus Christ (Conference Report, Apr. 1986, p. 76; or Ensign, May 1986, p. 61).