My question is about the preexistence. We lived in the preexistence before we came to earth with many other spirits. The spirits who are now waiting to acquire a body of flesh and bone, can they go to another world other than earth to receive their body? Is Jesus Christ the Savior of all the worlds and if so, do the other worlds worship Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ like we do?
The Lord Jesus Christ is both the creator, under the Father’s direction, and the Savior of all the peopled worlds in the universe. From the Book of Moses—
And were it possible that man could number the particles of the earth, yea, millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the number of thy creations; and thy curtains are stretched out still; and yet thou art there, and thy bosom is there; and also thou art just; thou art merciful and kind forever (Moses 7:30).
So Christ is the creator of all the worlds. The other worlds know about this earth because their Savior was born here—
For all flesh is corrupted before me; and the powers of darkness prevail upon the earth, among the children of men, in the presence of all the hosts of heaven–
Which causeth silence to reign, and all eternity is pained (D&C 38:11-12).
The statement is made in the scriptures that the Savior descended below all things. That did not mean just below all things on this one earth, but He descended below all things in he universe. He came to the most wicked world in the universe to work out the great atonement. He said to Moses on one occasion—
Wherefore, I can stretch forth mine hands and hold all the creations which I have made; and mine eye can pierce them also, and among all the workmanship of mine hands there has not been so great wickedness as among thy brethren (Moses 7:36).
The Savior visits the righteous on all the worlds where they exist, undoubtedly teaching them the plan of life and salvation. The account is too lengthy to be reproduced here, but may be found in D&C 88:41-61., with particular attention to verses 51 to 61.
On each of these worlds that have the gospel, there will be Zion people, as there are on this earth. John speaks of the New Jerusalem—
And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God (Rev 21:10).
It’s dimensions are given in verse 16—
And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
Now, pay attention. The footnote to furlongs in that verse says—
GR stadia. A stadium was about 607 English feet, or 185.2 meters
12,000 furlongs, times 607 feet/furlong = 7,824,000 feet!! Divided by 5280 feet/mile = 1379.5 miles!! Again, from verse 16, the length, height and breadth are equal–a cube. If such a cube were placed on the earth it would stretch from San Francisco to St. Louis!! But the scriptures do not say that it was placed on the earth.. They say that it was descending out of heaven.
We read more about that New Jerusalem in the Book of Moses:
And righteousness will I send down out of heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten; his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare, an Holy City, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem.
And the Lord said unto Enoch: Then shalt thou and all thy city meet them there, and we will receive them into our bosom, and they shall see us; and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each other;
And there shall be mine abode, and it shall be Zion, which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made; and for the space of a thousand years the earth shall rest (Moses 7:62-64).
Now for some specific points from that scripture—
that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming–
So the New Jerusalem will appear before the Second Coming.
And the Lord said unto Enoch: Then shalt thou and all thy city meet them there–
The city of Enoch will become part of this New Jerusalem.
it shall be Zion, which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made–
Imagine! The Zion people from all the Lord’s creations will be in that one city! With reason it must be of absolutely tremendous size! It is coming to the vicinity of this earth because this earth is the most wicked of all the Lord’s creations, and this coming is one demonstration that the realms of Satan have been overcome, and righteousness and truth will [He] cause to sweep the earth as with a flood.
Now to talk about signs and wonders in the heavens in the last days—
And they shall see signs and wonders, for they shall be shown forth in the heavens above, and in the earth beneath (D&C 45:40).
It’s hard to imagine how such an unspeakably tremendous city could come anywhere near the earth and not disrupt the earth in a major way. Yet, we may imagine a viable possibility. If that city, which is two thirds the diameter of the moon, were to be injected as a near-earth orbiting satellite, it would have its own gravity, much like our space station; the weight of people in that city would be only proportional to the total weight of the structure, and they would be able to travel from point to point with ease. The orbit of the earth would be affected in only a minor way, accommodating the fractional weight of the city compared to the weight of the earth. It is a perfectly feasible operation, even from the poor perspective of us mere mortals.