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Dear Gramps,
My question has to due with our world being the most wicked out of the countless other worlds that are out there. Are we the most wicked because Satan has the most influence on this world out of all the others? Were Heavenly Father’s children that were born on other world’s more valiant in the pre-existence than we were? It sometimes bothers me to think that of all the worlds out there that I was born to the most wicked one, the only one that would crucify their god.
Don, from West Jordan, Utah

Dear Don,
Nothing is revealed that I know of that directly answers your question. However, we could postulate a bit on the subject. The scriptures tell us that our world is the most wicked world. We also learn that —

the earth abideth the law of a celestial kingdom, for it filleth the measure of its creation, and transgresseth not the law–Wherefore, it shall be sanctified; yea, notwithstanding it shall die, it shall be quickened again, and shall abide the power by which it is quickened, and the righteous shall inherit it. For notwithstanding they die, they also shall rise again, a spiritual body. They who are of a celestial spirit shall receive the same body which was a natural body; even ye shall receive your bodies, and your glory shall be that glory by which your bodies are quickened. Ye who are quickened by a portion of the celestial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness (D&C 88:25-29).

So the Lord has placed righteous spirits on the earth, even celestial spirits, who have the power to overcome the greatest wickedness in the universe. So serving righteousness on the most wicked of all the words could mean that they who do so are among the most righteous of all the worlds. Concerning these righteous spirits the Lord has said—

And again we bear record–for we saw and heard, and this is the testimony of the gospel of Christ concerning them who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just– They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given– That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power; And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true. They are they who are the church of the Firstborn. They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things–They are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory; And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son. Wherefore, as it is written, they are gods, even the sons of God–Wherefore, all things are theirs, whether life or death, or things present, or things to come, all are theirs and they are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s (D&C 76:50-59).

No greater glory could come to the righteous, who live among the greatest wickedness and overcome it all. So indeed it is a great privilege to be born on the same world where the Savior came to work out the great plan of salvation by taking upon Himself the sins of all the worlds and providing the infinite atonement. But in the end it doesn’t really matter on which earth the righteous come to work out their own salvation, because they all receive the same reward–the same eternal glory, as exemplified by the following parable—.

For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee (Matt 20:1-16).

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