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We know from the Book of Moses that everything on Earth was created spiritually. I assumed all those spirits are warehoused somewhere - probably in the same place our spirits were before coming to Earth. I also assume that a finite number of spirits associated with this Earth were created, which makes me feel less concerned when a species goes extinct. Maybe there weren't any more spirit Dinosaurs to come down and the asteroid theory is nonsense. Any thoughts?
First, please be patient as you read these. This question makes sense in my mind but laying it down correctly is kind of tricky. PGP (Moses 3) states all things were created spiritually before they were created temporally. Went to the Sacred Grove in Palmyra, NY recently - a very kind senior missionary/guide told me there were a few "Witness trees" still in the Sacred Grove, these would be trees that were there when the First Vision occurred. Numbers 22:21-38 Balaam and the talking donkey The animals in the Manger in Bethlehem where the Savior was born The Trees in the Garden of Gethsemane Isaiah - Lion and the lamb shall lie down together without any ire, suggesting they have the ability to progress to a state of total peace? The Story of the Three Trees (which I understand is not doctrine but IMHO could be, as the spirit bodies of those trees could have demonstrated more faith premortally, than other plants and been given temporary probationary lives on earth where they interacted with the Savior): “Says one, ‘I cannot believe in the salvation of beasts.’ Any man who would tell you this could not be, would tell you that the revelations are not true. John heard the words of the beast giving glory to God, and understood them. God who made the beasts could understand every language spoken by them. The beasts were four of the most noble animals that filled the measure of their creation, and had been saved from other worlds, because they were perfect. They were like angels in their sphere. We are not told where they came from, and I do not know; but they were seen and heard by John praising and glorifying God.” (DHC, vol. 5, pp. 343–44.) The ask: Though plants and animals don't have free agency, some of them clearly had more spiritual encounters during their lives on earth. Does this suggest some of them were more valiant in the testimony of the Savior premortally?