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The Reality of Ministering Angels in Our Lives

by | Sep. 07, 2015

Mormon Life

MR says: Have you ever stopped to think how those beyond the veil are influencing your life, even now?

I have been thinking about Doctrine and Covenants 7. At first glance this section seems to be out of place. . . .This section makes me want to ask questions. Why is it here? What am I supposed to learn? I don’t know the answers to those questions, but asking them helps me think about section 7 in a new way.

The Lord told John he could have anything he asked for (see 7:1). John asked for the privilege of being a missionary for 2000 years or so. . . . I love missionary work too. But 2000 years?   I wish I could see this work through the eyes of John . . .

There is another great message in this section. When Peter questioned John’s request, the Lord said,

Yea, he has undertaken a greater work; therefore I will make him as flaming fire and a ministering angel; he shall minister for those who shall be heirs of salvation who dwell on the earth (D&C 7:6).

John is going to minister “as an angel and a flaming fire” to those who dwell on the earth who are heirs of salvation. I wonder if the Lord might be using this revelation to say to Joseph and Oliver and all of us who “dwell on the earth,” you don’t have to do this work alone. There will be help for you from my side of the veil.

Heber C. Kimball spoke of that help.


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Stories are told around the world of people who have received help or comfort from someone they couldn't see—an angel or spirit who guided them or in some other way gave them assistance from beyond the veil. But just who are these angels? Are they even real? In Angels: Agents of Love, Light, and Power you will learn the answer to these and many more questions, including: What powers and abilities are angels given? How do angels communicate with mortals? What is the role of guardian angels in the modern world?

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