Before This Life, We Lived with our Heavenly Father in a Pre-mortal Existence
The Lord told the prophet Jeremiah, "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" (Jeremiah 1:5).
As that scripture indicates, the Lord knew the prophet Jeremiah before this life. The Lord knew all of us before this life. We are His spirit sons and daughters.
The Book of Job also Talks about our Pre-Mortal Existence
Job 38:4, 7 states, "Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?... declare, if thou hast understanding... When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"
As that scripture says, when the foundation of the earth was laid (when it was created), we shouted for joy.
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More Scriptures about our Pre-mortal Existence
Ecclesiastes 12:7 tells us: "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."
How could we "return" to God, if we didn't live with Him previously? We did live with God and we can return to Him again if we live a good life.
The following scripture talks about those receiving the priesthood, "And this is the manner after which they were ordained-being called and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of their exceeding faith and good works; in the first place being left to choose good or evil; therefore they having chosen good, and exercising exceedingly great faith, are called with a holy calling, yea, with that holy calling which was prepared with, and according to, a preparatory redemption for such" (Alma 13:3).
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In Moses 6:51, we learn the following, "And he called upon our father Adam by his own voice, saying: I am God; I made the world, and men before they were in the flesh."
If we understand more about our pre-mortal existence, it helps us understand more about why we are here on earth and what the meaning of life is.