Here is my book of mormon journal entry:
As I did the reading for the class this Thursday, I came to a question that I hadn’t before. Such is the nature of scripture reading; it’s what makes it so delightful a practice: to be able to read something daily for your whole life and always finding something new: to make the eternal quotidian causes the inifinte to happen everyday, how nice.
Now the question I came upon was whether there were a difference between the tree of life and the fruit, which are talked about in Alma chapter 32. I had always taken the two as conglomerate, as something that was one piece, not as something that was two different parts. Perhaps I had never considered it past the cliche metaphor. I fear this. I fear that I may select a commonly accepted taught explanation for any given teaching or parable, and by so doing I would miss out on nuances and instructional understanding that the Spirit will try to convey to me. I fear that the gospel will loose its sapidity if I neglect to rearrange the flavors of meaning and revelation. I believe the gospel is dynamic is it’s spiritual sensory stimulation and experience with truth. Truth is not static, but it is immutable. But as I thought on the question of the tree and fruit I came to see that one had the quality of abundance and the other constance. The tree is something that abides and continues to grow. The fruit is something that is abundant, it continues to come as nuclear experiences. I see the tree as something of a covenant, whereas the fruit is our daily bread. But I don’t think that I’ve come to any conclusion as to what this means. I think that there is more for the Lord to reveal to me. Nonetheless I’ve been given an insight into the abstraction of these two symbols and by so recieving I am able to connect it to similar abstractions. At any rate I am grateful that the Lord gives us both: something that abides in us with a promise to provide something else that gives us the thrill of salvation each day. I think we must have both the quotidian salvation coupled with the abiding salvation. I appreciate both the tree and fruit.