One more thought. There is imagery in the word "strait" that I think helps to differentiate it from "narrow". One definition of a strait is a narrow waterway that connects to larger bodies of water on both ends. I believe the strait and narrow way, is the path that connects our premortal existence to our potential postmortal glory. Seen in this light, the strait way is the path that has both a beginning point and a destination. Both glorious in all aspects of the word.
Thank you for this wonderful article. I have two thoughts I would like to share to build upon what has been said. The first is in relation to the Iron Rod which is the Word of God. Perhaps the most important part of the Word of God is the still small voice that prompts us to do good. If we can learn to obey that voice, I believe we will never lose our way. The second is the word "cling". It is interesting that in Lehi's vision in 1 Nephi 8, those who were "clinging to the rod of iron" in verse 24, were ashamed in verse 25. However, in verse 30, those who came forth "continually holding fast to the rod of iron" did not seem to be ashamed and were not lost. I think there is something significant about "continually holding fast" vs. "clinging". Just as a child "clings" to its mother's apron, as soon as she moves, the clinging child loses their grip. "Continually holding fast" paints a more firm grasp of the rod than merely "clinging". I also like the relationship of this imagery to being "steadfast and immovable" as suggested at least four times in the Book of Mormon (Mosiah 5:15, 1 Nephi 2:10, 3 Nephi 6:14 and Alma 1:25.
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