And what IS Eternal Life? Isnt it to KNOW The Father and His Son Jesus Christ? To be ONE with them? I understand the fruit on that tree, to be the Pure Love of Christ...We are all already Eternal beings living in Eternal life in the PRESENT. In the NOW! Right now. Yes? Exaltation is our eventual ultimate goal/destination yes?
I think the notion that the fuit of the tree represents eternal life is pretty plainly spelled out it scripture. 1 Ne 15:36 tells us that the "fruit [of the tree of life] is most precious and most desirable above all other fruits; yea, and it is the greatest of all the gifts of God." D&C 14:7 the instructs that "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." So, unless there are multiple "greatest of all the gifts" the scriptures appear to be pretty straightforward on this one.
It's actually a common misconception in the Church that the fruit referred to in Lehi's dream represents eternal life.
The misconception stems from Alma 32's tree analogy, in which the fruit does indicate eternal life.
Borrowed from the LDS institute manual for the Book of Mormon:
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