1. I lived in heaven a long time ago, it is true;
Lived there and loved there with people I know. So did you.
Then Heav'nly Father presented a beautiful plan,
All about earth and eternal salvation for man.
2. Father said he needed someone who had enough love
To give his life so we all could return there above.
There was another who sought for the honor divine.
Jesus said, "Father, send me, and the glory be thine."
3. Jesus was chosen, and as the Messiah he came,
Conquering evil and death through his glorious name,
Giving us hope of a wonderful life yet to be—
Home in that heaven where Father is waiting for me.
Words and music: Janeen Jacobs Brady, b. 1934
© 1987 by Janeen Jacobs Brady. This song may be copied for incidental, noncommercial church or home use.
LDS Primary children's song that teaches that we were all created spirit beings of a Heavenly Father who loves us. The first of all Spirit children was Jesus Christ. There was a council in Heaven, and a plan was presented to allow Heavenly Father's children to continue to progress, and to grow up in His image - to become even more like Him. (See the Book of Isaiah 14:12--13)
Lucifer (later called Satan) presented His plan that would strip God's children of their gift of free will - but would cause that not one soul would be lost in the process. He also said that his idea was so great, that God should give him all of the glory. (See the Book of Job 38:4-7)
Jehovah (later called Jesus) presented His plan that would allow people to keep their gift of free will - and the glory would all remain Heavenly Father's. This plan would require a sacrifice that only Jehovah could make. God chose the plan of Jehovah. (See Book of Hebrews 1)
A war for souls ensued, and Lucifer took 1/3 of he hosts of Heaven with him - but was ultimately defeated. Satan and his followers were not allowed to participate in the plan. The work for the plan was delegated to Jehovah and His followers - including the creation of the world, the Fall of Man, the Atonement, the Redemption, and final judgment of the plan's participants. (See Book of Revelation 12:7--11)
In this life, people are allowed to make mistakes as they grow and learn. After everyone passes through this world, they are judged by Jesus Christ in a final judgment. The majorly evil people are cast off, and the good people who chose to follow Jesus (and proved it by baptism) are returned to the presence of God, the Father. (See 1 Corinthians 15:22)
If we follow God and Jesus' plan, we'll be saved. Of those saved, those who prove that they can handle added responsibility in God's kingdom will be given more responsibility and authority. (see Book of Revelation 3:21)
This compilation of images mostly come from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some come from other online sources. I don't own rights to any of these images or to the music - although most is freely available to the public for non-commercial use.