Our First Estate or the Pre-Earth Life: Part II

31 Jan

In the article titled “The Gospel part II: The Plan of Salvation” I spoke of three different estates that we must pass through in order to attain exaltation in Celestial Glory. Of these the first estate is our Preexistence as spirit children of our Heavenly Father. This series is written to give a more in depth explanation of what that estate was, and what happened there.

Having shown that the doctrine of the preexistence can be found in the Bible I will now proceed to give a few tidbits as to what happened to us during this time. I will point out that very little is known, and what is known deals more with generalities rather than specifics. So, I will speak of generalities in this second part of the series.

It is important to know that we are the literal children of deity. We were born as spirits to our Heavenly Father and He “lives in the family unit. We are members of his family. We lived in this pre-mortal life with him for an infinite period of time.” While there we “were schooled and trained and taught in the most perfect educational system ever devised, and that by obedience to his eternal laws we developed infinite varieties and degrees of talents.” (As quoted in The Life and Teachings of Jesus and His Apostles, Chapter 41, link below).
We also know that at the beginning we were all “on the same standing with [our] brethren” (Alma 13: 5) and that we were “innocent in the beginning.” (D&C 93: 38) which is why children remain innocent before the Lord in mortality. However, through our obedience and faithfulness in this pre-mortal life many progressed faster and gained more glory and honor than others. After all we read in Abraham 3: 22 that “the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the [spirits]…before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones.”
It is obvious that while we were all equal in knowledge and ability when we were first born as spirits we did not stay equal, but through our choices we progressed at different rates. This is the basis for the doctrine of Foreordination, for of these Noble and Great ones God declared “These I will make my rulers” (Abraham 3: 23) speaking of mortal life. Because some had progressed farther than others in matter of faith and obedience God chose them before they were born to hold positions of authority in mortality. God told Abraham “thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born.” He told Jeremiah the same thing (Jeremiah 1: 5).
So, we know that in our pre-mortal life we still had our agency, and with it we learned and progressed through the teachings and guidance of a loving Father. We also know that based on what we did there many of us were called to fulfill specific callings in this life.

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