THE PLAN OF SALVATION
WHERE WERE WE BEFORE
WE WERE BORN?
We all lived in a premortal existence, as spirits,
with our Father in Heaven before birth.
God lives, Jesus is the Christ, and the Kingdom of
God is on the earth.
WHERE DID I COME FROM?
Your life did not begin at birth,
nor will it end at death. You are made up of a spirit body (sometimes
called the soul) and a physical body. Your Heavenly Father created
your spirit, and you lived with Him as a spirit before you were born on
earth (1). You knew and loved Him, and He knew
and loved you (2). This period is called pre-earth
life or a "preexistence."
Throughout your pre-earth life,
you were taught the principles and commandments that would lead to happiness.
You grew in intelligence and learned to love the truth. You were
taught about the plan of salvation. During this pre-earth life, Jesus
Christ was chosen as the Savior; you learned that through Him you would
be able to overcome the effects of your wrong choices.
An important part of God's plan
was for you to come to earth to receive a physical body and to learn to
make correct choices. You would not remember living in Heavenly Father's
presence, but He would give you the ability to know right from wrong.
You would be able to recognize His love and truth. Through your experiences
and trials, you could learn to make right choices consistently. With
the help of Jesus Christ, you would be able to return to live with your
Heavenly Father when your life on earth was over.
In your pre-earth life, you
learned that only by choosing to follow God's plan could you receive lasting
peace and satisfaction in this life and for eternity. Because He
loves you, your Heavenly Father gave you agency, or the power to make choices.
He let you choose whether you would follow His plan and the Lord Jesus
Satan, one of God's spirit children,
rebelled against our Heavenly Father and did not accept His plan.
He wanted to force us all to do his will. Sadly, many of our Heavenly
Father's children chose to follow Satan. Satan and his followers
were sent away from God's presence and were not allowed to be born on earth.
They continue to exist as spirits. They are miserable, and they want
you to be miserable. They tempt you and all God's children to do
things that bring unhappiness and that are not pleasing to God.
In the pre-earth life, you chose
to have faith in Jesus Christ and to follow God's plan. Because of
your choices, you were born on earth. Only by making these same choices
can you find peace in this life and be able to return to live with your
Heavenly Father after this life is over.
memory of your preexistence is withheld, before you came to this earth
you lived in the presence of God, your Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus
Christ. You shouted for joy when given the privilege of coming to
this earth to receive a body and to follow God's plan for your happiness.
Much of the information given
to mankind in the history of this earth, is through a past and living Prophet.
Knowledge, or Faith, in this concept is very important. Understanding that
the Lord loves his people today, by giving us a voice from God, as much
as in Old and New Testament days, can give us many answers to our questions,
again, "Where did I come from?" "Why am I here?" or "Where am I going after
this life is over?"
It is because of revelations
by modern Prophets that many of these questions can be answered.
lived in what is known as the "preexistence" or the "premortal existence"
with our Father in Heaven.
Every person ever to be born
on this earth lived in this premortal existence.
In the preexistence we did not
have physical bodies of flesh and bones as we now have.
We lived as spirits, children
of our Heavenly Father.
spirit, is a personage,
and has the same form as a person.
As spirits we were able to communicate,
move about, make decisions and choices, and recognize the difference between
good and evil.
How exciting is it to know
that God is the father of our spirits? Have we all wished to be born
in some Royal Family at some time in our life?
We are all of Royal
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee;
A modern Prophet, Joseph Smith,
learned for himself that God is not merely a spirit, but has a body that
is tangible, like manís, though it is glorified and perfected. When
praying for an answer to a question about which church he should join,
Joseph Smith was visited by God the Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ.(5)
When Joseph saw and talked with them, he learned that the Father and Son,
Jesus Christ, are separate and distinct individuals (6)
not just manifestations of the same person.(7)
He learned that they each have a body of flesh and bones.(8)
Their bodies are much like ours, but are glorified and perfected, and they
As his spirit children, we could see in our premortal existence that
our Heavenly Father had a glorified body of flesh and bones, which was
necessary to progress eternally. We really wanted to be like our Father
in Heaven.(9) Because of his great love
for us, he prepared a way for us to obtain physical bodies like his.(10)
This plan (11) required that we obtain these physical
bodies by coming to this earth to live. This earth life is one of
the first steps toward reaching eternal perfection.(12)
Just as our earthly mothers and fathers want us to experience and learn
lifeís lessons as we grow older, our Heavenly Father wants us to become
more like him. An interesting scripture: Jeremiah 1:5 (Old
and before thou camest forth out of the womb
I sanctified thee a prophet unto the nations. (1)
am a child of God,
Rich blessings are in store;
If I but learn to do his
I'll live with Him once more....
me, guide me, walk beside me,
me find the way.
Teach me all that I must
To live with him someday.