Premortal Life


“When we passed through the veil and entered this mortal life, we knew that we would no longer remember the life before. There would be opposition and adversity and temptation. But we also knew that gaining a physical body was of paramount importance for us. Oh, how we hoped that we would quickly learn to make the correct choices, withstand the temptations of Satan, and eventually return to our beloved Parents in Heaven.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor, First Presidency
O How Great the Plan of Our God!” October 2016 General Conference


“Our divine nature has nothing to do with our personal accomplishments, the status we achieve, the number of marathons we run, or our popularity and self-esteem. Our divine nature comes from God. It was established in an existence that preceded our birth and will continue on into eternity.”

Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President

Discovering the Divinity Within,” October 2015 General Conference


“In these latter days, there are no small decisions. The choices you are making right now are of critical importance. Agency, or the ability to choose, is one of God’s greatest gifts to His children. It is part of the plan of happiness you and I chose and defended in our premortal existence. Live your lives in such a way that you can listen to and hear the Holy Ghost, and He will help you make correct decisions. In fact, He will tell you ‘all things what ye should do.’ “

Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President
Be Not Moved!” April 2013 General Conference


“Why does the Lord allow suffering and adversity to come to us in this life? Simply put, it is part of the plan for our growth and progress! We ‘shouted for joy’ when we knew we would have the opportunity to come to earth to experience mortality.”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
Is Faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ Written in Our Hearts?” October 2012 General Conference


“No child needs to walk the path alone so long as we speak freely to our children of the plan of salvation. Understanding the plan will help them hold to the truths that they are children of God and He has a plan for them, that they lived with Him in the premortal existence, that they shouted for joy to come to this earth, and that through the Savior’s help, we all can return to our Heavenly Father’s presence. If they understand the plan and who they are, they will not fear.”

Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President
Stay On the Path,” October 2010 General Conference


“You are set apart. You distinguished yourselves in the premortal existence. Your lineage carries with it a covenant and promises. You have inherited the spiritual attributes of the faithful—even Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Your very nature reflects your divine heritage and destiny. The fact that you were born a girl is not by chance. Your divine characteristics will be magnified as you lead others and arise to your divine potential. Draw close to the Savior. He lives! He is the light, life, and hope of the world. He will lead you and give you courage to share your light.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
It Shows in Your Face,” April 2006 General Conference


“You are one of the greatest generations of young women ever to live on this earth. Before you came to this earth you were tutored at your Father’s knee. You have been reserved to come to the earth for a special purpose. There are things for each of you to do that no one else can do as well.

“You have a destiny to fulfill. Your righteous example as one of the believers will make a difference in the world, so ‘be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work’ (D&C 64:33).”

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Believe!” April 2004 General Conference


“We know we have and always will exist. We know we have been sent to earth to gain experience and prove ourselves. The decisions we make are vital if we are to gain eternal life and exaltation. We know that this estate is important, and this understanding gives meaning, purpose, and direction in our lives. Ultimately all of us want to learn our lessons well and return home to our loving Heavenly Father.”

Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President
Rejoice, Daughters of Zion,” October 1999 General Conference


“We must arise as the women we were prepared to be during aeons of premortal training. We don’t have the luxury of living beneath ourselves or being casual about seeking the gifts of the Spirit.”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
We Are Not Alone,” October 1998 General Conference


“It is not by chance that you were born now, in this season of the world’s history. Each one of you was a valiant and noble woman in your premortal life.”

Carol B. Thomas, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Understanding Our True Identity,” April 1998 General Conference


“How long has it been since you shouted for joy? In the Grand Council in heaven in our premortal existence, all the sons and daughters of God ‘shouted for joy’ (Job 38:7). Our Father in Heaven gave us the opportunity to be born, to assume the responsibilities of mortality, which offered the opportunity of a ‘fulness of joy’ (Ps. 16:11) but which also entailed risks of disobedience, sin, and heartache. Yet, as our Father’s plan unfolded and we became aware of our divine potential for future immortality, we did all shout for joy.

“Now we are here; do we doubt the Lord’s word, ‘Men are, that they might have joy’ (2 Ne. 2:25)?”

Barbara W. Winder, Relief Society General President
Finding Joy in Life,” October 1987 General Conference



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