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ALAN I have been greatly perplexed by who we were in the the pre-existence. After the council in heaven, the war, we came here to receive a body. We are taught that infants and those that die without the Gospel, but who would have accepted given the chance, are saved in the Celestial Kingdom. So, those born into the Church nowadays have to fight to do all they in order to be saved. Are those of us born here and who live in these times, past and present, not valiant enough and had to be tested? Is it our purpose to just provide bodies for others, to just come and get a body and then leave? Or are the truly valiant ones the ones who stay on earth because they can take the fight and those who died under 8 and/or those that would have accepted the Gospel not strong enough to face the challenges of this day?
I can't help but think that if I had a choice of live a full life here and maybe not make it back or die as an infant and be guaranteed a spot in the Celestial Kingdom, I would have opted for dying as an infant.
Then we know that those that died in infancy will grow up in the Millenium. How can those that grow up in the Millenium, the City of Enoch, the Nephite Golden Era, be tested? People are living the law of consecration, Zion exists, Satan is bound as to those people because of righteousness. How can they truly be tested when there is no evil, no temptation? For them it is a walk in the park compared to now? Are they so good that they would never have messed up no matter what, so no need of testing? Were the rest of us slackers and so of less worth and have to be proved? Do the less or more valiant provide for the others?

JOEL Joesph Fielding Smith said:
"Satan cannot tempt little children in this life, nor in the spirit world, nor after their resurrection. Little children who die before reaching the years of accountability will not be tempted; those born during the millennium, when Satan is bound and cannot tempt them, "shall grow up without sin unto salvation."(D&C 45:58)

These children will never be tempted because, for some reason that only God knows, they don't need it for thier salvation; they only need a body. We need to rest secure in the knowledge that God knows what is best for each of us, be we child or adult, and that He will bring to pass those conditions that will maximize our growth and further our opportunities for exaltation.

Joseph Fielding Smith also said:
"We must assume that the Lord knows and arranges beforehand who shall be taken in infancy and who shall remain on earth to undergo whatever tests are needed in their cases." (Joseph Fielding Smith" The Salvation of Little Children," Ensign, April 1977, p. 6.)

Joseph Smith Jr. asked the question, "Why is it that infants, innocent children, are taken away from us, especially those that seem to be the most intelligent and interesting?"
His answer was;
"The strongest reasons that present themselves to my mind are these: This world is a very wicked world; and it is a proverb that the 'world grows weaker and wiser'; if that is the case, the world grows more wicked and corrupt. In the earlier ages of the world a righteous man, and a man of God and of intelligence, had a better chance to do good, to be believed and received than at the present day; but in these days such a man is opposed and persecuted by most of the inhabitants of the earth, and he has much sorrow to pass through here.
The Lord takes many away even in infancy, that they may escape the envy of man, and the sorrows and evils of this present world; they were too pure, too lovely, to live on earth; therefore, if rightly considered, instead of mourning we have reason to rejoice as they are delivered from evil, and we shall soon have them again. The only difference between the old and young dying is, one lives longer in heaven and eternal light and glory than the other, and is freed a little sooner from this miserable wicked world. Notwithstanding all this glory, we for a moment lose sight of it, and mourn the loss, but we do not mourn as those without hope." (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 196-197)

I don't know who is more valiant, those who die as children or those who die as adults; perhaps both are valiant in their own way. I only know that both our pre-earth spirits and our earthly souls are unique individuals, and that God knows each one of us, and that He knows the beginning from the end and therefore knows what is best for each person's growth and salvation.

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