Of course you are right, @beaglelady, and I was taught this in Catholic parochial school. However, as I matured and was exposed to the science of astrophysics and evolution I became convinced that deep time was real, and this forced me to consider that God was much less “parochial” than what the writers of Scripture (even tho inspired) could have imagined. We humans are witness to the birthing of the Noosphere (sphere of Ideas) here on planet Earth, and it is highly likely that this event–the appearance of Mind & Consciousness–has occurred elsewhere. In God’s eyes these recipients may appear to be close relatives of mankind even if they inhabit bodies that are quite different from ours.
I am not so much interested in the biological genes I pass on to my progeny as I am to the “Noogenes” I bequeath to them–and to others that my ideas may influence. These transmissible ideas are the most important building blocks of the future of humankind–supplanting a great deal of the chance factor in altered DNA. [CRISPER-Cas9]
I have not been successful in crystalizing the concept of what I hope Reincarnation will be. If God has been pleased with my efforts (as weak as they are) to become an Image Bearer, and to help others do the same, then I hope that those efforts will, somehow, outlive me.