Review by - Danny L
This talk raises numerous issues of concern, beginning with the section regarding “Premortal Life.” Mr. Ashton said, “In the premortal world, we were born as spirits to Heavenly Parents and lived with them as a family. They knew us, taught us, and loved us.”
He used as a reference Romans 8:15 which is taken out of context. “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Truth is, we are not born sons and daughters of God. We are God’s creations. John 1:12-13 declares, “But as many as receive him, to them gave he the power to BECOME the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of men, but OF GOD.” Returning to Romans 8 we read in the previous verse, 7 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” We become sons and daughters of God through adoption, through our faith in believing on his name. THEN we can call him “Abba, Father.”
No where in the Bible or Book of Mormon is premortal life taught. LDS missionaries use passages like Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” They claim God knew Jeremiah in the preexistence where God ordained him a prophet. The proper interpretation is this: God knows everything there is to know, past, present and future. The verse is saying that God knew He was going to create Jeremiah before Jeremiah was formed in mother’s womb. And that God had a special work planned for Jeremiah to do while he lived. The verse does not say that Jeremiah knew God or had done anything before his earthly conception or birth.