The Tree of Life


TitleThe Tree of Life
Publication TypeArtwork
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsAcosta, Kaitlin
KeywordsFaith; Testimony; Tree of Life
Abstract

In my painting I wanted to depict the tree of life.  When I created it, I thought of Alma 32:28 and it says,"Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me."  I included a heart in the roots to symbolize our testimonies.  Like any seed, it needs water, sunlight, and soil.  A tree can not thrive on human food.  So like a seed of a tree, what we put into our hearts determines what our growth will be.  I also included layers of soil to symbolize time.  Testimonies aren't always immediate.  It takes time, effort, and trust in the Lord.  When we do the small and simple things, we will see incredible blessings and grow into our fullest potential.

Scripture Reference

Alma 32:28