Preextistence/premortality: Also referred to as the First Estate or Pre-Mortal State. Mormonism teaches all humans lived near a planet called Kolob as God’s spirit children before coming to earth and taking on human form. Since God’s children could only progress so far in the pre-existence, it was necessary that they go through a probationary state here on earth in order to prove their worthiness to return to God’s presence and continue their eternal progression (Gospel Principles, p. 11). According to eighth President George Albert Smith, “We lived before we came here and our birth into this world was the reward of having kept our first estate” (Conference Reports, October 1926, p. 103).
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