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What happened in my premortal life?

Before we were born, we lived with Heavenly Father as His spirit children. In the Council in Heaven, the Father presented to us His plan of salvation, and Jesus Christ was chosen to be our Savior. Satan sought to amend the plan, taking away our agency, and he and his followers were cast out. We accepted our Father’s plan and chose to follow Jesus Christ.

Prepare yourself spiritually

As you prepare, prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What do you feel will be most relevant to the young women you teach?

Revelation 12:7–9, 11 (In the premortal life, we overcame Satan by our testimonies of Jesus Christ)

D&C 138:55–56; Abraham 3:22–26 (Noble spirits in the premortal life were chosen and prepared to do God’s work in this life)

Moses 4:1–4 (Satan seeks to destroy the agency of man and is cast out)

The Family: A Proclamation to the World,Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129

Dieter F. Uchtdorf,“ The Influence of Righteous Women,Ensign, Sept. 2009, 5–9

Plan of Salvation,True to the Faith (2004), 115–17

Share experiences

At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

Introduce the doctrine

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Write on the board, “What happened in our premortal life?” Invite the young women to list as many answers as they can and add to their list as they learn more about the premortal life during this lesson.
  • Ask the young women to think about and share any righteous choices they have made in the past and how those decisions bless their lives now. Then ask them to name a choice they made before they were born. How has this choice affected their lives?

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help the young women learn about the premortal life. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:

  • Invite the young women to study the scriptures in this outline as a class, in small groups, or individually. Ask them to share what they learn about the premortal life and why this knowledge is important to them. Share your own thoughts and insights as well.
  • Ask the young women to read the first three paragraphs of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” and identify what they learn about their eternal identity. Invite them to read the section titled “A Unique Feminine Identity” from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk “The Influence of Righteous Women,” and ask them to share any impressions they receive about their own identity as daughters of God.
  • Invite the young women to read the section titled “Premortal Life” in True to the Faith (pages 115–16) and write questions that could be answered by the information in this section. Have them trade questions with each other and look for answers. Invite them to share any insights they find.
  • Invite the young women to work on Individual Worth value experience 1 in Personal Progress individually or in groups. Give each young woman time in class to create a poster that contains several important truths she has learned about what it means to be a daughter of God. Allow them to share their posters with the class.

Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand the premortal life better? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time studying this doctrine?

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider how they will live what they have learned today. For example, they could:

  • Teach what they learned to their younger brothers and sisters or to a friend who doesn’t know about the pre-earth life.
  • Ponder the following question: How can a knowledge of the premortal life affect the choices I make in this life? Suggest that the young women write their answers in their journals.