What did it take for us to gain physical life?

Bill Bryson in his introduction to his book, A Short History of Nearly Everything, writes, “Welcome. And congratulations. I am delighted that you could make it. Getting here wasn’t easy, I know. In fact, I suspect it was a little tougher than you realize.”

Marty thought about the trillions of drifting atoms that had to assemble in an intricate way to make each of us who we are. The same atoms could’ve made something else, anything else. Then after all that effort, our mothers could’ve aborted us because we would undoubtedly be an inconvenience.

What caused our atoms to decide to be our atoms? Scripture gives us a hint that our atoms may have had some prompting. “Man [intelligence/ spirit ?] was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light [energy?] of truth [mass?], was not created or made, neither indeed can be [always existed?].” D&C 93:29

Our always existing- intelligences may have progressed to spiritual- entities which then directed fickle atoms to temporarily become our physical selves. “All truth is independent in that sphere [physical entity made of atoms?] in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligences also; otherwise there is no existence.” D&C 93:30

Otherwise there is no cookies. Survival on Earth is not easy. Our physical bodies of atoms had to evolve through unbelievable circumstances over billions of earthly years and in just the right way. Otherwise we wouldn’t have earthly parents to propel us into physical existence and allow us to eventually be perpetual.

When the physical, testing, sorting is complete our spirit will receive finer matter atoms that are everlastingly ours alone. “For man is spirit. The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy;” D&C 93:33

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