Joseph Smith's Expansion of Our Understanding of the Premortal Life and Our Relationship to God
Joseph Smith and the Doctrinal Restoration : The 34th Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium
Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, BYU and Deseret Book,
In this chapter Bott discusses Joseph Smith, Jr.'s contributions to the LDS understanding of the pre-mortal existence. He discusses the implications of this understanding in light of a person's ability to understand God's plan for them, to practice free agency, and to fulfill foreordained roles.