Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Ministry of Angels

Jeffrey R. Holland, October 2008 General Conference
Taught by Shobha Nair

God never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges that we face.

In times of special need, God sends angels, divine messengers, to bless His children, to reassure them that heaven was always very close and that His help was always very near.

To Adam and Eve an angel appeared to teach them the meaning of sacrifice; to Mary an angel announced that she was to be the mother of the Son of God; to Joseph an angel warned of danger and to flee to Egypt; to Joseph Smith an angel tutored.
I will go before your face, I will be on your right hand and on your left, Spirit shall be in your [heart], and mine angels round about you, to bear you up. ~D&C 84:88

Usually such beings are not seen, but they are always near. Some warn, some guide, most comfort us in difficult times.

We can feel and hear them through the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. "For behold, they are subject unto Christ, to minister according to the word of his command, showing themselves unto them of strong faith and a firm mind in every form of godliness." Moroni 7: 37

"Not all angels are from the other side of the veil. Some of them we walk with and talk with––here, now, every day," says Elder Holland, "Indeed heaven never seems closer than when we see the love of God manifested in the kindness and devotion of people so good and so pure that angelic is the only word that comes to mind."

How can we be "angels" in the lives of those around us?

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