Learning was an important part of our premortal existence.
Joseph F. Smith saw in a vision many faithful spirits, including biblical prophets, gathered at the time of the death of Jesus Christ. Then, he noticed a number of people who had not yet been born, including his uncle, Joseph Smith, and his father, Hyrum Smith. “Even before they were born,” he said, “they, with many others, received their first lessons in the world of spirits and were prepared to come forth in the due time of the Lord to labor in his vineyard for the salvation of the souls of men” (Doctrine and Covenants 138:56).
Alma taught that people who do the work of God on this earth were foreordained: “called and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of their exceeding faith and good works” (Alma 13:3). Abraham likewise saw many “noble and great ones” who were “chosen before [they were] born” (Abraham 3:22-23).
But Joseph F. Smith’s vision goes further. Not only were we chosen to fulfill specific roles before we were born, we were trained. To me this is mind-boggling. I can’t remember anything that happened before I was born, and yet somehow, what I learned is there, embedded in me, ready to be called into action when I need it.
Referencing this vision, President Russell M. Nelson declared:
You were taught in the spirit world to prepare you for anything and everything you would encounter during this latter part of these latter days. That teaching endures within you!“Stand as True Millenials,” Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults,” 10 January 2016
Today I will remember that I may have knowledge and skills which I have not yet discovered. I will be grateful for my premortal training, which prepared me for challenges I will yet face and for work I have yet to do.