Y is for Yearn

Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood

…Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!…
Just as Eliza R. Snow’s hymn O, My Father [See my O post] describes a truth about where we are going, William Wordsworth in his famous Ode articulates his feeling of where we have come from, before being born on earth.  Though found in the Bible (John 17:24, 1 Peter 1:20, Jeremiah 1:5) and in Sanskrit, (shout out to Yam!) this doctrine of the pre-existence of man is not widely taught. Yet is something many may feel and have come to believe on their own. It is another of those doctrines that rings true and makes sense.
There is a children’s song that says it best:
I lived in Heaven
  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.
    Words and music: Janeen Jacobs Brady, b. 1934

As I ponder on this truth, my spirit yearns to be reunited with my Heavenly Father and Mother, and my earthly family as well, who have gone before me. We are truly spiritual beings having a mortal experience.




About Gail

Genealogist, librarian, writer, traveler, Mormon
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4 Responses to Y is for Yearn

  1. Yamini Ali MacLean says:

    Hari OM
    …”This doctrine of a Pre-existence is unique to Mormonism, “… with this, Gail, I must respectfully disagree. Having read my post on Karma, you will appreciate that the concept of a spirit existing before and after incarnation here on Earth has been held and related by Sanskrit tradition for millennia.Within Christianity, the Church of Christ Scientist also advocates for pre-mortal existence. The Presbyterian doctrine (my own ‘home’), includes the concept that God chose us before the foundation of the world. that means we are predestined to life. In other words, that we existed in spirit form prior to incarnation.

    I think it is wonderful that this is the Mormon understanding, but it is not unique. The concept of how the soul resides in that unincarnated condition may be, that is to be granted.

    …”We are truly spiritual beings having a mortal experience.”.. with this, there can be no argument! YAM xx

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