Angels

September 21, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
This excerpt was originally published by LDS Living in August 2018 and is being shared again in honor of the anniversary of the night the angel Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith.
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December 23, 2019 11:05 AM MST
My wife’s ancestors Parshall and Hannah Terry lived in Palmyra, New York, and knew the Prophet Joseph Smith. Their son Jacob was the exact same age as Joseph and was his schoolmate and friend. In 1817, three years before the First Vision, the Terry family moved from New York to Canada and lost contact with the Smiths until 1837, when missionaries taught them. The family was amazed to learn about all that had transpired with the Smith family. The Terrys were baptized the following year and moved to Missouri, anxious to reconnect with their friends the Smiths. Instead, they got there just in time to be expelled from the state because of the extermination order.
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By  LDS Living
December 08, 2019 01:57 AM MST
Another missed call notification flashed across Brooke's cell phone.
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By  LDS Living
December 03, 2019 02:48 PM MST
Four days into the MTC and Matt knew learning Spanish wasn't going to be easy.
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Angels have played a prominent part in the Lord’s plan of salvation in all dispensations, and our own dispensation is no exception. Here are 20 things we know about these heavenly beings and how they interact with us in mortality.
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November 11, 2019 10:45 PM MST
When you hear the words family history, do you go into a coma? Believe me, until a few years ago, I could have matched my coma with yours any day.
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November 07, 2019 09:10 PM MST
The Nauvoo temple was the first to have an angel on a spire, and it was a simple weather vane depicting a non-specific angel of the restoration.
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October 09, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have a plethora of resources to help us in times of need or struggle. The scriptures, prayer, words of modern-day prophets and apostles, Church leaders, family, temple worship, priesthood blessings, and, most importantly, Jesus Christ are all assets that provide divine assistance and strength.
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June 25, 2019 03:01 PM MDT
Some angels are on God's errand; some are from the realm of Satan himself. “Believe not every spirit,” John counseled, “but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). The problem that most men have is to discern the spirits so that they may know what is of God and what is not.
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April 23, 2019 03:38 PM MDT
A Utah high schooler who fell while rock climbing and fractured her skull over the weekend never hit the ground.
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April 04, 2019 11:00 AM MDT
I never expected I would be the mother of a child with disabilities, let alone two children with disabilities. But sometimes life detours have a way of teaching us things Heavenly Father knows we need to learn.
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February 27, 2019 05:00 AM MST
On assignment one day in Oklahoma, I had the opportunity to meet with a few of the families devastated by mighty twisters that had recently swept through that area. As I visited with the Sorrels family, I was particularly touched by the experience of their daughter, Tori, then a fifth grader at Plaza Towers Elementary School.
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February 02, 2019 05:00 PM MST
One of our hymns teaches us that “angels above us are silent notes taking” of each one of our actions. I’m sure that is true. And when we keep our covenants, they are doing so much more.
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By  LDS Living
January 19, 2019 04:54 PM MST
On September 23, 2015, Bre Lasley was in her bedroom when a complete stranger climbed through her window and attempted to murder her. For six minutes, Lasley and her younger sister, Kayli, fought their attacker before a police officer arrived and shot her attacker, killing him.
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December 21, 2018 04:14 PM MST
This story was originally published on tofw.com and is published on LDS Living with TOFW's permission.
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By  LDS Living
December 20, 2018 02:49 PM MST
"We wanted to write a song in celebration of the #lighttheworld movement that emphasizes celebrating the Christmas season through Christlike service," Latter-day Saint artists from the group TREN wrote on YouTube. "We ended up with this less traditional Christmas song, thinking of all the everyday 'angels' that make a difference through daily acts of kindness."
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December 18, 2018 10:06 PM MST
Throughout his service in the Church, President Nelson has often spoken of our Savior and the sacred night of His birth. Here are a few of President Nelson's teachings on the topic, excerpted from the new book Teachings of Russell M. Nelson.
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November 20, 2018 03:06 PM MST
In a recent interview with the Deseret News, Lindsey Stirling discussed her new Christmas tour as well as the way angels and a priesthood blessing helped her survive Dancing with the Stars.
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November 12, 2018 10:00 PM MST
Jerald Simon doesn’t remember anything from the first eight years of his life. His baptism, the birth of his four siblings, family vacations, learning to play the piano, childhood games and friends—all of these milestones are erased from his consciousness, marked in his mind only by a vast blankness.
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By  LDS Living
October 31, 2018 11:05 AM MDT
Tim Ballard is a member of a church that often teaches the importance of “standing in holy places,” but in his fight against child slavery, he spends a lot of time in dark spaces. However, in the second episode of All In, Tim Ballard told LDS Living host Jamie Armstrong that he often feels the Spirit most in those moments. In fact, Ballard went as far as to say that he wouldn’t be able to do what he does in his work with Operation Underground Railroad if he didn’t have “a powerful faith in the Atonement and in the Savior.”
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September 07, 2018 02:35 PM MDT
As we begin gearing up for general conference, we will be highlighting past conference talks to help us review, remember, and grow closer to the Spirit so that we can better recognize the Lord's voice and direction this coming October. This talk was given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in October 2008. (Read the full talk here.) After discussing the myriad ways heavenly angels minister to us in mortality, Elder Holland shared this touching story:
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August 29, 2018 07:10 PM MDT
What is the meaning of the tree of life? The symbolism involved may furnish clues. Trees have several standard symbolic meanings. Green trees often represent the righteous, whereas dry trees can symbolize the wicked. 76 M. Catherine Thomas noted that "most often in scripture . . . the tree is an anthropomorphic symbol. A tree serves well as such a symbol because it has, after all, limbs, a circulatory system, the bearing of fruit, and so forth. Specifically, scriptural trees stand . . . for Christ and his attributes."77 Elsewhere we read, "In ancient times, sacred trees . . . were [representative of the] attributes of the gods." 78 Susan Easton Black wrote: "The tree of life is connected with the cross, the two having somewhat the same significance. Both relate to the resurrection, eternal life, the Lord, and the 'Love of God.' . . . Before the crucifixion of Christ, the tree of life symbol was used extensively. After the crucifixion the cross seems to have replaced it to a degree." 79 When Nephi wished to know the meaning of the tree that his father saw in his dream (1 Nephi 11:9–24), the angel showed him a vision of the birth of Christ. The angel then said to Nephi, "Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?" (1 Nephi 11:21). To this Nephi responded, "It is the love of God" (1 Nephi 11:22). Jesus is the "love of God" (John 3:16) and the "tree of life."
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August 25, 2018 02:53 PM MDT
From time to time, in the face of wickedness, the Lord dispatches an angel to destroy one or more persons. In fact, both the scriptures and modern prophets use the expression “destroying angel.”
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August 24, 2018 12:51 PM MDT
A story about Joseph Smith and his bodyguard Allen Stout provides yet another example of an encounter with a translated person who concealed his angelic status while fulfilling his mission upon the earth. As Joseph Smith and Allen Stout were walking on a road west of the Mississippi River, “they saw a man walking along a road leading in from the south and coming towards them. The Prophet told Allen to remain where he was while he stepped over to speak with this pedestrian. Allen turned his back towards them and for a time forgot the Prophet and became engaged with his own thoughts, while he stood whipping a low bush with the cane he carried.
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August 23, 2018 03:25 PM MDT
The following is an excerpt from President Wilford Woodruff's October 1881 general conference talk published in theJournal of Discourses, Volume 22. The Church recently made all of President Woodruff's journals available online, which you can study and access here.
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August 21, 2018 05:14 PM MDT
President Harold B. Lee’s experience on an airplane illustrates the truth that angels may participate in healing a mortal who has an illness. President Lee recalled: “I was suffering from an ulcer condition that was becoming worse and worse. We had been touring a mission; my wife, Joan, and I were impressed the next morning that we should get home as quickly as possible, although we had planned to stay for some other meetings.
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July 04, 2018 09:02 AM MDT
An article published in the LDS newspaper theTimes and Seasons on January 15, 1844, details the life of Nathan Pratt, a son of Parley P. Pratt who passed away at the age of 5. In his short life, Nathan Pratt experienced upheaval, persecution, poverty, and even spent time in jail with his father before becoming a refugee. However, the Times and Seasons article also expresses an incredible miracle Parley P. Pratt and his family experienced on July 4. Here is an excerpt from that article:
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June 30, 2018 02:18 PM MDT
President Hinckley had been speaking several minutes. He paused and explained that there was another person from the other side of the veil he had not mentioned. In a strong voice filled with emotion and joy, President Hinckley exclaimed, “Welcome, Father Lehi! Oh, how your heart must rejoice!”
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June 28, 2018 02:03 PM MDT
"I want you to know there are angels from across the veil that are with us as well," Sister Jones said. "I have a feeling there are a lot of family members and friends of yours that are very, very aware of what you're doing, the sacrifice you're making to create this wonderful, faith-promoting experience."
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June 22, 2018 04:32 PM MDT
President Thomas S. Monson, in addressing the women of the Church in April 2005, gave evidence of his loving nature: “My dear sisters, may God bless you. We love you; we pray for you.” President Monson’s words reiterated a significant teaching: “Remember that you do not walk alone. The Lord has promised you: ‘I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.’”1 In at least three general conference addresses, President Monson has also declared, “How glorious and near to the angels is youth that is clean.”2
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May 26, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
This article is republished with permission from Book of Mormon Central. For more inspiring and instructive content on the Book of Mormon visit Book of Mormon Central, subscribe to our mailing list, see our YouTube videos, and follow us on Facebook.
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May 07, 2018 04:32 PM MDT
What an incredible story of how we can be angels to those we least expect.
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April 30, 2018 05:39 PM MDT
The LDS Bible Dictionary states: “These are messengers of the Lord, and are spoken of in the epistle to the Hebrews as ‘ministering spirits’ (Hebrews 1:14). We learn from latter-day revelation that there are two classes of heavenly beings who minister for the Lord: those who are spirits and those who have bodies of flesh and bone. Spirits are those beings who either have not yet obtained a body of flesh and bone (unembodied), or who have once had a mortal body and have died, and are awaiting the resurrection (disembodied). Ordinarily the word angel means those ministering persons who have a body of flesh and bone, being either resurrected from the dead (reembodied), or else translated, as were Enoch, Elijah, etc. (D&C 129)” (“Angels,” 608).
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April 21, 2018 03:30 PM MDT
Let me share one example of a divine signature that has special significance for me personally. This was a tender mercy in the fullest sense of the word tender. My father, typical of many other men from his generation, did not express emotion openly very often. In all my growing-up years, I can never remember him telling me or any of my brothers and sisters that he loved us. We knew that he did, because he was a good father. He read stories to us almost every night. He taught us to work and how to be responsible.
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April 21, 2018 03:00 PM MDT
This is the first in a two-part series excerpted from Brent L. Top's book, What's on the Other Side. Read the first part here.
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April 19, 2018 07:18 PM MDT
In October 1998, President Gordon B. Hinckley stated in general conference, “I think about the power and force of angels that stand among us.”1 Indeed, scriptural texts indicate that the Lord’s angels have extraordinary capabilities and powers, making them formidable beings. Angels may have power over the elements, and the various earthly forces that exist in this telestial world do not bind them. These great powers of angels enable them to fulfill their missions here upon the earth and to assist mortals, who are, in comparison, delicate and frail. As we discuss the extraordinary powers of angels, however, we must remain cautious and open about those powers, because there is so much that we do not know. We must also remember that many scriptural statements, especially those from John the Revelator, contain symbolisms.
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April 02, 2018 05:00 PM MDT
In his book, Accomplishing the Impossible: What God Does, What We Can Do, President Russell M. Nelson shares a powerful personal experience with angels, as well as many fascinating examples from the scriptures and Church history. Enjoy the excerpt below and learn more about these heavenly beings.
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March 17, 2018 03:50 PM MDT
One of our hymns teaches us that “angels above us are silent notes taking” of each one of our actions. I’m sure that is true. And when we keep our covenants, they are doing so much more.
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By  LDS Living
February 27, 2018 03:53 PM MST
“He was visited constantly by angels,” Elder George Q. Cannon said of Joseph Smith. “These various angels, the heads of dispensations, . . . ministered unto him. . . . He had vision after vision in order that his mind might be fully saturated with a knowledge of the things of God, and that he might comprehend the high and holy calling that God had bestowed upon him” (Journal of Discourses, 23:362). Historical records of early Latter-day Saints, Doctrine and Covenants, and early Church documents reveal that Joseph Smith's visions and visits by heavenly messengers are too numerous to count.
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February 02, 2018 06:01 PM MST
"After a while, I saw this man standing in the corner of the room in a white robe with a beard," Thelonious said, according to WKRG. "White skin, brown beard, brown hair. He smiled at me and it was like I was back in my body. I thought it was really strange but after that, it was just... kept getting better and better after that point."
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January 13, 2018 02:00 PM MST
Twenty-nine years ago, 15-year-old Nicole poured out her heart in a handwritten letter addressed "To my dear future daughter" after a seminary teacher challenged the class to write a letter to a future spouse or child.
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January 02, 2018 03:26 PM MST
What a powerful witness of angels in our lives from Catherine Keddington Arveseth.
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December 16, 2017 02:00 PM MST
This article is republished with permission from Book of Mormon Central. For more inspiring and instructive content on the Book of Mormon visit Book of Mormon Central, subscribe to our mailing list, see our YouTube videos, and follow us on Facebook.
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December 06, 2017 12:00 PM MST
When Love, Kennedy came to theaters in June, everyone was drawn to Kennedy Hansen, a girl with juvenile Batten's disease who had a faith and love that conquered trials, who believed in the power of prayer, and who still fulfilled her dream of being a cheerleader despite all she faced. Her influence and testimony have changed many lives for the better, including the Velasquez family. And while the Velasquez family's conversion story is a subplot in Love, Kennedy, there's more to the story than meets the eye.
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November 11, 2017 02:00 PM MST
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October 05, 2017 04:32 PM MDT
We sing about them in beloved Christmas hymns. We read about them in holy scripture. We even have one of them standing triumphantly atop our temples. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we wholeheartedly believe in the existence of angels.
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October 04, 2017 02:23 PM MDT
This story reflects this powerful quote from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: "When we speak of those who are instruments in the hand of God, we are reminded that not all angels are from the other side of the veil. Some of them we walk with and talk with—here, now, every day."
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September 13, 2017 04:06 PM MDT
Touching stories of angelic emissaries are commonly recounted in LDS meetinghouses. Since we believe in a God who is anxiously engaged in our lives, it’s a heart-warming thought to think that heavenly messengers can intervene for good on our behalf. But are there such things as “guardian angels”? Donald W. Parry, author of Angels: Agents of Light, Love, and Power, says there just might be angels among us.
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August 16, 2017 12:46 PM MDT
While traveling through Arkansas, President Wilford Woodruff and the elders traveling with him decided to pay a visit to a Mormon family living in the area.
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August 11, 2017 04:07 PM MDT
As Latter-day Saints, we know sometimes miracles can happen in seemingly ordinary moments, but that wasn't the case for one man Tuesday evening.
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August 09, 2017 04:00 PM MDT
LDS best-selling author Jason F. Wright has created a Facebook series titled "Giving a Lift" where he gives hitchhikers, friends, homeless people, and strangers a ride.
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August 04, 2017 11:45 AM MDT
“I’ve never been in a situation before where you can literally feel . . . the prayers,” Chris Carlson said.
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August 04, 2017 09:00 AM MDT
When my older sister, Rachel, was almost 2-years-old, she stopped breathing when the sled she and my brother were riding in ran into a baseball bench buried in the snow. Despite strangers giving her a blessing while my dad performed rescue breathing, there was nothing anyone could do to revive her.
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August 03, 2017 02:45 PM MDT
How can a robbery half a world away make you aware of angels and miracles?
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July 21, 2017 08:12 PM MDT
What an incredible story about everyday angels. If Pam Crooke and Michelle Garcia Winner had not been kayaking near the Shoff family after they were attacked by wasps, former BYU basketball player Jake Shoff might not be alive today.
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By  LDS Living
June 16, 2017 08:21 PM MDT
Singing an original song written by his brother, "Angels Over Me," Yahosh Bonner shares that this song reminds us in times of negativity or darkness that "in reality, we should know that heaven is on our side. We have a Father in heaven that wants us to succeed, and he sends us angels to lift us up and bring us through tough times."
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June 12, 2017 06:02 PM MDT
RenownedLDS violinist Jenny Oaks Bakerhas always believed in angels and miracles. But after an experience last week in Italy, her faith in both is stronger than ever.
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May 15, 2017 11:12 AM MDT
Shortly after my husband and I moved into a new ward, I had a prompting that I should ask one of the ladies in the ward if she would like me to type up her memoir/journal/whatever-you-call-it. She had somewhat severe arthritis so it wasn’t totally unjustified, but still, I thought, “That is a ‘beyond-the-boundaries question.” (Seriously . . . if someone asked me that, I would be a bit concerned—especially if it was someone I didn’t know very well.)
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May 02, 2017 11:00 AM MDT
I think my understanding of how angels help us has been wrong my whole life.
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April 05, 2017 08:51 AM MDT
When Emilie Parker was killed in a school shooting in 2013, her parents had a hard time coming to grips with their new reality. Though Easter brought hope to Emilie's grieving mother, Alissa, an experience shared by one of Emilie's former playmates brought a changed perspective to Emilie's ongoing role after her death.
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