I realize the obvious answer – mortal body – test by faith because of the veil. But there are so many similar things going on I found it interesting to ponder.
We had some kind of birth there. We came into existence from a different existence to that one. We had spirit bodies. Do spirit bodies feel pain? Since spirit is mater, only more refined does that mean pain is possible? Not just mental but some kind of real pain like we feel? If you fall down does it hurt? Can you (materially) hurt yourself…disrupt the mater from it’s normal form?
What about our experences there. We learned things, we associated with others there and learned from them. That sounds a lot like here. We gained from those experiences, same as we gain from experiences here.
When it was time for us to die there I think those left behind probably felt saddness of some sort. Think about all those people who were close to us, it’s our time to go to earth – so we “die” there, we’re gone – poof! Those left behind don’t get to see us again (at least that we’ll remember here – maybe we’ll reunite as friends after death here, but did we know that there?!). That could actually make it sadder than death here. At least when seperated upon death here, we know we’ll get to see our loved ones again.
It was a time of birth there, it was a time of testing – same as here. We were judged there, same as here. We died there same as here. We went to a different world at death same as here.
I really don’t see much difference. This physical body ads a new dimension, same as our spirit body brought a new dimension to our existence, but that spirit body was “physical” too in some degree.
So, how much effect did our pre-mortal life have on our present existence? Did it have more or less effect than this earth life? And if we die and come back during the Millenium, how much effect will “that” life have on our eternal existence. I would submit that our premortal existence is a whole heck of a lot more important than we normally consider it to be. It might have even more effect on our eternal life than even this existence!?