Junior Ganymede
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Reincarnation, sort of, maybe?

June 11th, 2017 by Zen

Of course, in the grand Eastern sense of the word, we don’t believe in Reincarnation. This life is what you have, and you make the best of it, so don’t plan on infinite do-overs. Still, I wonder if things could be more messy, if we could see them better.

One interesting example, so called Pre-Birth Experiences, which are the premortal equivalent of After Death Experiences. That certainly suggests a less strict interpretation. 1 2

Still, is there anything that forbids having a second go around, if in rare circumstances, you really didn’t get the chance to fulfill your life mission? For instance, if you were a child who died in infancy when you should have had more life experiences.

This list of short experiences has had me thinking. It doesn’t fit with a very literal interpretation, but nor do I see a strict way to refute the possibility of occasional multiple mortal lives. Of course, if you are postponing repentance, banking on infinite other lives, you have likely already made the crucial choice, and not in your own favor.

I do think there are “more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of” in most reductive philosophies. If this life is complicated, I would expect nothing less of a realm of greater intelligence.

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June 12, 2017

There are Christian versions of reincarnation; George Patton was famously a believer in one such version.

I’m not sure any version of reincarnation is compatible with Mormonism, though it’s tempting as a solution to the problem of death in infancy.

June 12, 2017

I’ve had thoughts on that, and over-shared perhaps too much already, as I keep getting prompted to shut up whenever I feel like exploring it more.

As Elder Packard supposedly said, not all truth is useful. And as some prophets wrote, there are things that are unlawful to utter/reveal. And as Colonel Jessup said “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth.”

We only see a tiny subset of reality. We don’t, and likely can’t comprehend how time/immortality is a subset of eternity. I think eternity is more multidimensional than {“time” x infinity}, but I can’t prove it.

Each time I cycle through the scriptures, it’s like I pick up another layer of hints. But whenever I try to think it through, I get the feeling that I’m looking beyond the mark. I still have much to do at the faith and repentance level.

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