the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan."
I was in church yesterday and there was a discussion about some of the symbols that God places here on the earth to remind us of Him and His Son. One brother in the class shared something that his mom, who has been a nurse for nearly two decades, had shared with him.
Before his first child was born his mother had suggested to him to pay close attention to the baby as it was being born. She told him that if he watched closely enough he would be able to identify the exact moment that the child's spirit entered her body. The moment, she said, is marked by the baby suddenly becoming animated, flailing its limbs, crying, and searching for comfort. To her this moment serves as a symbol of God's love and how entering into a covenant with Him brings a new spiritual life into our existence.
As he concluded sharing this with the group there was a brief silence and then another volunteered some of the symbols that they see around them that remind them of God and His love.
My personal opinion, based on reflection and personal observation of my wife during each of our four pregnancies, is that the spirit enters the body much earlier, perhaps as early as the first trimester. The fluttering and kicking, the response of the baby to sounds and voices, the personality that is demonstrated well before birth all cause me to conclude that life begins shortly after conception.
Children, because they "are an heritage of the Lord" (Psalms 127:3), are conceived in a divinely appointed way, a way that allows us to be co-creators with God himself. Life is sacred and should be treated as such.
While I do not know at what exact moment our spirits enter our bodies I believe and testify of the sanctity of life in all its forms.
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