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Tree of Life
TitleTree of Life
Publication TypeArtwork
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsButler, Hannah
KeywordsOlive Tree; Tree of Life
Abstract
This symbolic and sacred tree of life was painted to be reminiscent of an olive tree—the very kind of tree that the Savior himself knelt under in prayer in the Garden Of Gethsemane. 
 
The tree stands alone, symbolic of wisdom gathered over time. The twists and turns of the branches represent the hardships, sin, and imperfections of our lives. We all make mistakes and cannot overcome them without Jesus Christ. Through His Atonement, we can stand beautiful and triumphant. 
 
The fruit was created with gold leafing. Gold is a symbol of love and compassion. The fruit glows in the reflecting light, representing the light of Christ that we all have in our lives. The fruit is “sweet and pure” and brings “joy to the soul.”  
 
An olive tree’s leaves never fall; they rejuvenate and persist. They are a symbol of peace and forgiveness. Just like the leaf of an olive tree, the Savior’s love is constant. Paul referred to an olive leaf as the oil of gladness, and in that sense, it is also symbolic of joy. 
 
Because of the Savior’s pure and ultimate sacrifice for us, we can become free from sin, and live with our Father in Heaven again. It is only because of the Savior that we have the tree of eternal life.

Scripture Reference

Jacob 5
1 Nephi 8

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