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War in Heaven Definition

War in Heaven: Conflict in the Preexistence that was started by Lucifer when his bid to become the savior of the world was rejected. A third of the spirit children were prevented from getting physical bodies when they were cast out of the Preexistence.

Fifteenth President Gordon B. Hinckley explained, “When the great War in Heaven was fought, Lucifer, the son of the morning, came forth with a plan that was rejected. The Father of us all, with love for us, His children, offered a better plan under which we would have freedom to choose the course of our lives” (“We look to Christ,” Ensign (Conference Edition), May 2002, p. 90). Apostle Richard G. Scott added, “From before the Creation of this earth, there was rebellion against our Father’s plan, instigated by a brilliant but evil spirit we know as Lucifer or Satan. He proposed a modification of the requirements. So convincing was his argument that one-third of the Father’s spirit children followed Satan and were cast out. They lost the extraordinary opportunity to grow and the critical advantage of a mortal body” (“Truth Restored,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2005, p. 78).

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