Have you every noticed how words and ideas are interconnected in the scriptures?
For example, in Lehi’s famous vision he sees a tree of life that bears beautiful, white fruit that fills one with joy upon being consumed. In 1 Ne. 11:25, we learn that the tree of life symbolises the love of God. Nevertheless, Nephi never reveals what the fruit of the tree of life symbolises. If the fruit brings great joy and makes the eater of it want to share it with others, then we would want to know what it symbolises.
While Nephi never reveals what it symbolises, by comparing two scriptures, we can determine what brings us so much joy.
Wherefore, the wicked are rejected from the righteous, and also from that tree of life, whose fruit is most precious and most desirable above all other fruits; yea, and it is the greatest of all the gifts of God. (1 Ne. 15:36)
And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God. (D&C 14:7)
By comparing these two verses, we can determine that the fruit of the tree of life is eternal life. Eternal life is the fruit of the love of God and is the source of our joy.
Here are some other scriptures that illustrate perfectly the interconnectivity of ideas in the scriptures.
For behold, this is my work and my gloryâ€”to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. (Moses 1:39)
The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth. (D&C 93:36)
For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light, and whatsoever is light is Spirit, even the Spirit of Jesus Christ. (D&C 84:45)
And it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of iron, which my father had seen, was the word of God, which led to the fountain of living waters, or to the tree of life; which waters are a representation of the love of God; and I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God. (1 Ne. 11:25)
By following such connections, we have determined that the iron rod not only stands for the word of God, but it also represents light, truth, intelligence, the Spirit of Jesus, the glory of God and bringing to pass our eternal life and immortality.
How cool is that?