Category Folklore

Just as the United States has symbols with great meaning to its people—the eagle, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, etc., Mormonism has its symbols—the beehive, the Salt Lake Temple, the Angel Moroni statues, etc.

Mormonism and America Part 1

Last week I discussed the idea of a founding myth. Nations and countries often have their own, but cultures and subgroups do as well. Mormonism can be considered its own, distinct subculture with its own folklore and founding myth. As on historian noted: “Utah Mormons, by way of a distinctive system of religious beliefs and […]


Of Cain and Bigfoot

  “She was sitting there and she noticed this person or this thing–whatever it was–coming at her. It was heading at her at this rapid pace and it looked like it was coming at her…. It loooked hairy and kind of tall, you know big in stature, and so she was really sacred. She was […]

"The more we ate, the more we seemed to desire, until we even got down upon our knees and scooped it up, eating it by double handfuls"

The Tree of Life Part 6: The Tree and the Endowment

Part 6: The Quest for the Tree In Ancient Greece, “the victors of the Olympic games were crowned with branches and leaves from an olive tree growing near sacred altars at Olympia. The games represented the ritual process of obtaining the tree of life, a process described in many ancient cultures” (C. Wilfred Griggs, “The Tree […]


Tree of Life Part 5: the Tree and the Temple

Part 5: The Tree and the Temple In recent posts, I brought up some interesting things about the olive trees, the tree of life, and Christ. In lieu of that, let me make note of the olive tree’s use in ancient Jewish temples: “Beyond the… courts of the temple was a Holy of Holies. Two […]

The Olive Press by Del Parson

The Tree of Life Part 4: The Olive Tree

Last time I talked about how the Tree of Life was symbolic of Christ and His sacrifice. I closed by mentioning that it doesn’t matter what type of tree the Tree of Life is (as we’ll see, many trees have been used to portray it), but that one of particular note was the olive tree. […]

Tree of Life Vision

The Tree of Life Part 3: Christ and the Tree

Part 3: Christ and the Tree Last week we talked about the Tree of Life and the Fall of Adam and Eve. As promised, this week the focus will be on the Tree’s symbolism of Christ. Going back to Nephi’s recounting of the Tree of Life Vision, he asked the angel who was his tour-guide […]

Fall and Atonement

Tree of Life Post 2: The Tree and the Fall

In part 1 of this series of posts, the topic of the Tree of Life was introduced and a brief summary of its meaning within Mormon theology was given. Today, the focus will be on the Fall and the Tree. As established before, the Tree of Life symbolizes eternal life or the fullness of salvation. […]