Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 65: July 9, 1903
In our dependence and according to our intelligence we sought to obey the law, whatever it might have been. This desire to become obedient also became a part of us, an inclination in our natures, the result of dependency. This condition has remained with us throughout our existence, for we are ever under a higher power. The desire to be obedient has at several periods in the ages ﬂagged, owing to our own free Will and lack of knowledge of the yet latent higher intelligence which we are all striving to attain. But that spark of divinity which lies deep within our hearts lights us to obedience and keeps us, to a certain degree in the law.
When Adam and the children of men became mortal a definite remembrance of their earlier existence was withheld from them, but the inclinations of their natures remained with them, and instincts, or higher feelings than instincts, whispered that they were from a divine source and subjects of a greater power. They also felt that a great plan or code of laws was prepared for them to follow. It was plain that in this plan there should be no contradiction. If having its origin with God, it must be perfect and the same, or a part of the same, arranged in the beginning. They were anxious to know the law, and through revelation they obtained a knowledge of it. They learned that they had been called to enter mortality and pass through it. They had known it before but had now no remembrance of that knowledge. Birth of the ﬂesh is but obeying the great law long before decreed. It is that law which opens the door to mortality and grants citizenship in the same. All who are born prove, by their birth, that they have obeyed God's laws. Those who have not obeyed are devils and are denied the right of having mortal bodies. Again, birth is the entrance to a high school of preparation for future greatness. In this school the same obedience is required as was always required after a knowledge of the laws is obtained. Gradually these laws have been com prehended and gradually fulfilled. Our inner being, our conscience, tells us that birth is right, a holy law that permits no disrespect, and we accept it without question.
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