“Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision.”
With these words, spoken in his family circle by an ancient Jewish patriarch known as Lehi, begins one of the most remarkable stories of the Book of Mormon.
In this new production from Seth Adam Smith, Navajo artist Lehi Sanchez relates his experience creating a painting of Father Lehi, and his discovery while doing so of striking parallels between Lehi’s story and the dramatic story of his own father, Ezekiel Sanchez, founder of the Anasazi Foundation, a groundbreaking wilderness therapy program for troubled youth in the American Southwest.
Particularly moving in this short film are the artist’s love and admiration for his father and mother, and his sense of wonder at God’s hand in the unfolding history of his family.
Lost and alone, Father Lehi finds himself wandering in darkness for the space of many hours. Finally, he calls upon his Creator for help. As soon as he does this very act, the darkness was chased away by the light of an exceedingly beautiful tree. He notices white fruit, and not knowing what it is, he reaches up to partake in its goodness. As soon as he does this, his soul is filled with immeasurable happiness.
An enduring source of inspiration to Latter-day Saints everywhere, you can read the story of Father Lehi and the Tree of Life in the Book of Mormon (1 Nephi 8:2) or online, here.