Selected Teachings on
Our Gender Was Determined at
Our Spirit Birth in Premortality

Boyd K. Packer (Quorum of the Twelve)

As we learn about ourselves and learn about the great plan of redemption, we know that in the premortal existence intelligence existed forever. It was not created. It will exist forever. In due course, we were given a spirit body (see Acts 17:29; D&C 93:33–35; Abraham 3:22–23; 5:7). We became then the sons and daughters of God. We had gender then. We were male or female (see Genesis 1:27; Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6; D&C 20:17–18; 132:63; Moses 2:27; 6:9; Abraham 4:27). While in that existence, we were valiant and chose good, as Alma recorded (see Alma 13:3). (CES Fireside for Young Adults, 2 February 2003)

Richard G. Scott (Quorum of the Twelve)

The scriptures record, “And I, God, created man … male and female created I them.”  This was done spiritually in your premortal existence when you lived in the presence of your Father in Heaven. Your gender existed before you came to earth. (“The Joy of Living the Great Plan of Happiness,” Ensign, Nov. 1996, p. 73)  

Gordon B. Hinckley (First Presidency)

I know of no doctrine which states that we made a choice when we came to earth as to whether we wished to be male or female. That choice was made by our Father in Heaven in his infinite wisdom. (Ensign, Nov. 1983, 84)