Monday, April 28, 2014

Angels and the Priesthood

I get it now. 

I love the thought that Heavenly Father lets angels be involved in our lives. I have collected quotes about angels for years.  Yet one thing I never understood was how the Aaronic Priesthood holds the keys to ministering of angels (D&C 13:1).  

Elder Dallin H. Oaks explained it so simply. When the young men who hold the Aaronic priesthood give us the opportunity every week to partake of Christ’s sacrament and become clean and worthy, this opens the opportunity for us to be worthy of both the Spirit and the ministering of angels. 

Simple as that. 

And the ministering of angels happens in many more ways than just a visit from one, although that would be really cool. Elder Oaks said, “Angelic messages can be delivered by a voice or merely by thoughts or feelings communicated to the mind. ... Most angelic communications are felt or heard rather than seen." 

So which promptings come from the Holy Ghost and which come from holy angels?  

I have no idea. But it doesn’t matter if I know. They are both from God. 

Because "Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ" (2 Nephi 32:3)

So my three sons, who now all hold the Aaronic Priesthood, who dress in their white shirts and ties and show up early on Sundays to prepare and bless and pass the sacrament to me, they have a very special role, don't they? They help each one in the congregation renew covenants, and become worthy and clean to have the companionship of the Spirit and of holy angels. 

Very cool. 

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