Chapter 2: Our Life in Heaven

"Chapter 2: Our Life in Heaven," Part One: Our Life in Heaven with God, ()


Where did we live before we were born on this earth? What did we do there?

Each of Us Is a Child of Our Father in Heaven

Before we were born on this earth, we lived in heaven. Our home in heaven was more wonderful and beautiful than anything we know on earth. We belonged to a family there. We loved each other and were happy. Our Father in Heaven was the Father of our spirits, and for this reason we often call Him Heavenly Father. Because He is our Father, He loves us and cares about us.

Every person who lives on this earth was our brother or sister in heaven. The oldest child in our heavenly family was Jesus Christ.* He is our oldest brother.

When we lived in heaven we did not have bodies of flesh and bones like the ones we now have. We were spirits. A spirit has the same form as a person. As spirits, we were able to talk to each other, move about, make choices, and know the difference between good and evil.

We were not all alike in heaven. We were different, just as we are now. We had different desires and abilities. We learned to use our abilities in different ways.

Discussion

  • What was our home in heaven like?

  • Who was our Father?

  • Who was our oldest brother?

Our Father in Heaven Knew We Could Become like Him

Since our Father in Heaven is the Father of our spirits, He knew us very well. He loved us. He knew we had received from Him the ability to learn the things He knows and to become like Him. He wants us always to be good, as He is. He wants to help us improve our ability to become like Him.

Discussion

  • How does our Father in Heaven feel about us, and what does He want for us?

  • How does it make you feel to know that you have a Father in Heaven?

Our Father in Heaven Made a Plan to Help Us

In heaven we learned many things and improved ourselves as much as we could, but there were things we could not learn and do there. Our Father in Heaven made a plan for us to learn more.

He called us to a meeting in heaven. We were all there. He explained His plan to help us to learn and told us that if we followed His plan we would become like Him.

Our Father in Heaven said He would have an earth made, on which we would live for a time. On the earth, we would not remember our life with Him in heaven. We would be able to choose good things or bad things. This would be a test to see if we would obey our Father in Heaven when we were not with Him.

According to our Father in Heaven’s plan, we would each receive a body of flesh and bones. We would need this kind of body to learn the things He knows and do the things He does. Later, we would die, and our spirits would leave our bodies of flesh and bones. But our spirits would be joined again with our bodies, and we would never die again. Those who had done the things that our Father in Heaven told us to do would return to live with Him forever.

We learned that everyone would have problems on earth, such as sickness, pain, sorrow, and death. But we understood that we would learn from these things. These problems could teach us to love and help one another.

Our Father in Heaven would choose the time and the place for each of us to be born on earth. He knew where on earth to send each of us to learn the things that we would need to know. We would all have opportunities to do many different things. Our Father in Heaven wanted us to do good things and be able to return to Him. However, He would never force us to do anything.

Some of us would choose to obey Him. If we did obey Him, we would become more like Him and return to live with Him. Some of us would choose not to obey Him. If we did not obey Him, we would not be able to become like Him and would not be able to return to live with Him.

When we heard our Father in Heaven’s plan for us, we were very happy. We wanted to be able to learn and develop. Everyone who has lived on earth agreed to live by His plan.

Discussion

  • What was our Father in Heaven’s plan for us?

  • Why did we need to leave our home in heaven?

  • What does our Father in Heaven want us to do on earth?

References

Each of Us Is a Child of Our Father in Heaven

  • Luke 24:39 (A spirit does not have flesh and bones.)

  • Hebrews 12:9 (God is the Father of our spirits.)

Our Father in Heaven Knew We Could Become like Him

  • Matthew 5:48 (Jesus told us to become like our Father in Heaven.)

  • 3 Nephi 12:48 (Jesus told us to become perfect as He and God, our Father, are.)

  • 3 Nephi 27:27 (We should follow Jesus Christ’s example and become like Him.)

Our Father in Heaven Made a Plan to Help Us

  • John 14:2–3 (Jesus said we could return to our Father in Heaven.)

  • Acts 17:26 (Our Father in Heaven sent us to earth in a place and at a time according to His plan.)

  • 1 Nephi 17:36 (Our Father in Heaven had an earth created for His children to inhabit.)

  • 2 Nephi 9:13; Alma 42 (God has a plan for us.)