Spirit Children of Heavenly Parents
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    Spirit Children of Heavenly Parents


    God is not only our Ruler and Creator; He is also our Heavenly Father. All men and women are literally the sons and daughters of God. “Man, as a spirit, was begotten and born of heavenly parents, and reared to maturity in the eternal mansions of the Father, prior to coming upon the earth in a temporal [physical] body” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith [1998], 335).

    Every person who was ever born on earth is our spirit brother or sister. Because we are the spirit children of God, we have inherited the potential to develop His divine qualities. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can become like our Heavenly Father and receive a fulness of joy.

    We were not all alike in heaven. We know, for example, that we were sons and daughters of heavenly parents—males and females. We possessed different talents and abilities, and we were called to do different things on earth.

    A veil covers our memories of our premortal life, but our Father in Heaven knows who we are and what we did before we came here. He has chosen the time and place for each of us to be born so we can learn the lessons we personally need and do the most good with our individual talents and personalities.

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    “God Is Our Father”

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    Mormon Tabernacle Choir 2014 Christmas program

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    “Sharing Time: I Am a Child of God,” Friend, January 2004

    “Created in the Image of God,” Ensign or Liahona, March 2016

    “What Is Our Relationship to God, and Why Is It Important?” Ensign

    “All Little Children Are Mine,” Friend, February 1999

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