I believe that much of effectively communicating beliefs involves translating our assumptions into the language of the other.
The Iron Rod gives us hope that we can make it to the Tree. But the horror of Lehi's dream is that there is no easy path.
By looking at the Book of Revelation through the lens of how to overcome trials and the wonderful promises for those who do overcome, it is transformed from an obligatory “doom and gloom” reference guide to a book full of rich promises and a guide on how to overcome trials in life.
One of my favorite things to do each year is sit in our living room with a cup of hot cocoa and admire our Christmas tree after the kids have all gone to bed. For me light is an important part of the holiday because of it's symbolic allusions to Christ.