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1. Daniel C. Peterson, “Nephi and His Asherah: A Note on 1 Nephi 11:8-23,” in Mormons, Scripture, and the Ancient World: Studies in Honor of John L. Sorenson, edited by Davis Bitton (Provo, Utah: FARMS, 1998), 191-243; and “Nephi and His Asherah,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 9, no. 2 (2000): 16-25.
2. Jeffrey R. Holland, Christ and the New Covenant (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1997, 160, 162. See also Garth Norman, The Christmas Tree and the Tree of Life, http://www.meridianmagazine.com/articles/081223tree.html (accessed January 6, 2008): “Nephi saw the Tree and marveled at its exceeding beauty and whiteness, but he still did not understand its relationship to the Son of God. Desiring to know the interpretation of this tree, Nephi was then told to look, and a vision of Jerusalem opened up to him. . . . The scene then changed and Nephi saw the same virgin bearing a child in her arms, which the angel introduced to Nephi as the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Now, the angel asked Nephi if he knew the meaning of the Tree of Life which his father (and he) had seen, and Nephi exclaimed, “Yea, it is the love of God.” . . . This tree, as a sign of the Son of God, and the way God bestows his greatest gift on mankind was now clear to Nephi. It was all wrapped up in this infant child. The Tree as a sign of life was a sign of God’s gift of the Christ child to the world as the ultimate expression of God’s love.”
3. Gordon B. Hinckley, “Daughters of God,” Ensign, November 1991, 97.

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