#23 Are you meant to see Angels

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In this episode I cover a question I am asked A LOT! Which is great because Joseph Smith taught the Sisters

if you live up to your privilege, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates. …”

But it can be easy for us to wonder how we can make that possible. What are we supposed to do to make this promise a reality?  In this episode I share everything I have learned and encourage you to seek more guidance from the Spirit.

 

 

“It is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men; wherefore, if these things have ceased wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief.” (Moro. 7:37.)

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some
 have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2).

The things which I shall tell you are made known unto me by an angel from God… [that] said unto me: Awake, and hear the words which I shall tell thee; for behold, I am come to declare unto you the glad tidings of great joy (Mosiah 3:2-

 What do angels do when they “appear and minister unto men?” The scriptures show that they:

—announce and testify of events pertaining to God’s work and glory (see Matt. 1:20–2128:1–6Luke 1:11–202:8–14Rev. 14:6ff; D&C 88:92–110);

—preach the gospel and minister “unto the children of men, to make manifest concerning the coming of Christ” (Moro. 7:22; see also Moses 5:58);

—declare “the word of Christ unto chosen vessels of the Lord, that they may bear testimony of him” (Moro. 7:31; see also Mosiah 3:1–27);

—bring to earth “their rights, their keys, their honors, their majesty and glory, and the power of their priesthood” (D&C 128:21; see also 27:12110:11–16JS—H 1:68–70);

—protect and guide the servants of God in times of trouble so that they may accomplish his purposes (see Acts 5:18–20Dan. 3:281 Ne. 3:29Hel. 5);

—bring comfort, instruction, and warnings to faithful individuals in times of need (see Gen. 16:7Ex. 23:20–23Matt. 2:13, 19–201 Ne. 11:14–15:30Alma 8:14–18).

–QUOTES–

“Brother Widtsoe reaffirmed that those who give themselves with all their might and main to this work [genealogical and temple work] receive help from the other side. Whoever seeks to help those on the other side receives help in return in all the affairs of life.’” Elder Boyd K. Packer

As Moroni was closing the Book of Mormon, he exhorted us to believe in miracles and in the ministering of angels: “Wherefore, if these things have ceased wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief, and all is vain.” Joseph F. Smith

“In like manner our fathers and mothers, brothers, sisters and friends who have passed away from this earth, having been faithful, and worthy to enjoy these rights and privileges, may have a mission given them to visit their relatives and friends upon the earth again, bringing from the divine Presence messages of love, of warning, or reproof and instruction, to those whom they had learned to love in the flesh.” Many of us feel that we have had this experience. Their ministry has been and is an important part of the gospel.”  President Joseph F. Smith

“Undoubtedly angels often guard us from accidents and harm, from temptation and sin. They may be spoken of as guardian angels. Many people have borne and may bear testimony to the guidance and protection that they have received from sources beyond their natural vision” Elder John A. Widtsoe

“When messengers are sent to minister to the inhabitants of this earth, they are not strangers, but from the ranks of our kindred, friends, and fellow-beings and fellow-servants. The ancient prophets who died were those who came to visit their fellow creatures upon the earth. They came to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; it was such beings—holy beings if you please—who waited upon the Savior and administered to him on the Mount. The angel that visited John, when an exile, and unfolded to his vision future events in the history of man upon the earth, was one who had been here, who had toiled and suffered in common with the people of God. … In like manner our fathers and mothers, brothers, sisters and friends who have passed away from this earth, having been faithful, and worthy to enjoy these rights and privileges, may have a mission given them to visit their relatives and friends upon the earth again, bringing from the divine Presence messages of love, of warning, or reproof and instruction, to those whom they had learned to love in the flesh.”  Joseph F. Smith

“You youth of today, we voyage together. … It may be a storm where Nature’s fury is unleashed or it may be a mental or an emotional storm that threatens shipwreck. Whatever the occasion or the cause, you may by faith, intensified by fasting or ‘after long abstinence’ like Paul, have standing by your side during ‘that night’ of turmoil a ‘guardian angel’ of God ‘whose you are and whom you serve.” President Harold B. Lee

“There is much in my presence besides those who sit here, if we had eyes to see the heavenly beings that are in our presence” Brigham Young

“Who would dare to say that angels do not now attend the rank and file of the Church who answer the calls to the mission fields, teach the classes, pay their tithes and offerings,
seek for the records of their forebears, work in the temples, raise their children in faith,
and have brought this work through 150 years.”  President Packer 

“Nephi described three manifestations of the ministering of angels when he
 reminded his rebellious brothers that (1) they had “seen an angel,” (2) they had “heard his voice
 from time to time,” and (3) also that an angel had “spoken unto [them] in a still small voice”
 though they were “past feeling” and “could not feel his words” (1 Ne. 17:45). . . . Most angelic
 communications are felt or heard rather than seen.” Donald Parry

“Suppose that a female angel were to come into your house and you had the privilege of seeing her, how would she be dressed? . . . She would be neat and nice, her countenance full of glory, brilliant, bright, and perfectly beautiful, and in every act her gracefulness would charm the heart of every beholder. There is nothing needless about her.” President Brigham Young

“The common belief that to every person born into the world is assigned a guardian angel to be with that person constantly is not supported by available evidence. … In fact the constant presence of the Holy Ghostwould seem to make such a constant, angelic companionship unnecessary” Elder John A. Widtsoe

-All Young Men should watch this short video!! 

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2012-05-8250-keys-of-the-ministering-of-angels?lang=eng

–TALKS & ARTICLES–

Great article about guardian angels –

https://www.lds.org/ensign/1988/03/i-have-a-question/is-there-any-truth-to-the-idea-that-we-have-guardian-angels-who-watch-over-and-protect-us?lang=eng&clang=hmo

Ministry of Angels by Elder Holland

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/the-ministry-of-angels?lang=eng

Such a GREAT Talk

https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/donald-w-parry_angels-chariots-and-the-lord-of-hosts/

I LOVE this article comparing ministering angels to the new Ministering

https://ldsmag.com/what-angels-can-teach-us-about-ministering/

–STORIES–

In a priesthood session of general conference in 1968, President David O. McKay shared an experience from his mission in Scotland:

“Following a series of meetings at the conference held in Glasgow, Scotland, was a most remarkable priesthood meeting. I remember, as if it were yesterday, the intensity of the inspiration of that occasion. Everybody felt the rich outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord. …

“During the progress of the meeting, an elder on his own initiative arose and said, ‘Brethren, there are angels in this room. …’

“President James L. McMurrin, president of the European Mission, arose and confirmed that statement by pointing to one brother sitting just in front of me and saying, ‘Yes, brethren, there are angels in this room, and one of them is the guardian angel of that young man sitting there,’ and he designated one who afterward became a patriarch. …

“Pointing to another elder, he said, ‘And one is the guardian angel of that young man there. …’ Tears were rolling down the cheeks of both of these missionaries—not in sorrow or grief, but as an expression of the overflowing Spirit. Indeed, we were all weeping.” (In Conference Report, Oct. 1968, p. 86.)

Story of a Mother

“As a mother, I don’t think it is possible to not worry about my children.

I had a baby die shortly after birth. I constantly pray that my son will be protected, cared for and loved because I feel so helpless not being able to physically care for him. I don’t have a day go by that I don’t think about him and wonder if all is well.

After spending some time at the cemetery one afternoon, I stood up to leave. I was walking toward my car when I suddenly realized I was not alone at that little headstone by my son’s grave. I turned back toward the grave, and even though I didn’t see anyone standing there, I knew my grandma, who had passed away before I was born, was there.

Without any hesitation, I said, ‘Take care of my son.’ I heard her voice say, ‘I will, I know what it feels like to not have your son.’ The words that came to my mind were short and simple but the love behind her words was as deep as the love I felt for my son. I realized after she had said this to me that she had not been able to hold her son for years.

There was a barrier between her and her son. My father was an only child and it had been 31 years since my grandma had been on this earth to care for her child. I walked away that day knowing that my grandma loved my son and would care for him and watch over him while I was helpless to do so.”

Story from article

http://www.ldsliving.com/3-Things-You-Need-to-Know-About-Angels/s/82650

–BOOKS–

 

I LOVE the Movie the Cokeville Miracle 

https://www.amazon.com/Cokeville-Miracle-Nathan-Stephens/dp/B01F2P26F4/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1528297475&sr=1-1&keywords=cokeville+miracle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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