Daniel C. Peterson told a Campus Education Week class on Tuesday, Aug. 18, about Asherah, an ancient deity figure whose symbol was a tree.
The Book of Mormon tells of a vision received by Lehi and later by his son Nephi. The central image of the vision was a tree of life.
"The beauty thereof was far beyond, yea, exceeding of all beauty; and the whiteness thereof did exceed the whiteness of the driven snow," Nephi wrote in his account (1 Nephi 11:8).
Nephi asked the Spirit for the interpretation. "We expect the Spirit to answer Nephi's question. But the response to Nephi's question is really surprising," Peterson said.