Based on premortal worthiness, God chose those who would be the seed of Abraham and the house of Israel and become the covenant people (Deut. 32:7–9; Abr. 2:9–11). These people are given special blessings and duties so that they can bless all the nations of the world (Rom. 11:5–7; 1 Pet. 1:2; Alma 13:1–5; D&C 84:99). However, even these chosen ones must be called and elected in this life in order to gain salvation.