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Thus, “in the beginning” refers only to this world’s beginning.
is a relative term and does not mean the starting point of all eternity, if indeed there can be such a thing.
Performance in one estate would vitally affect the succeeding estate or estates.
If a person kept his first estate, he would be permitted the second or the mortal life as a further period of trial and experience.
47.) Second, the creation of this world was not the real beginning for those who would come to live here. They were in the councils of the heavens before the foundations of the earth were laid. We sang together with the heavenly hosts for joy when the foundations of the earth were laid and when the plan of our existence upon this earth and redemption were mapped out. We were unquestionably present in those councils when that wonderful circumstance occurred …
Before the foundations of the earth were laid, we lived as spirit children of heavenly parents in a premortal state of existence. when Satan offered himself as a savior of the world if he could but receive the honor and glory of the Father for doing it. We were, no doubt, there and took part in all those scenes, we were vitally concerned in the carrying out of these great plans and purposes, we understood them, and it was for our sakes they were decreed and are to be consummated.” (In Ludlow, Latter-day Prophets Speak, pp.