Moroni 7:30 Part 1

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I read this on Saturday in my scripture study:

 And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men.

 For behold, they are subject unto him, 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.

In the above scripture we are promised in the Book of Mormon, in Moroni 7

that angels will minister unto us.

When Moroni realized the Lord wasn’t going to take him yet, he included his father Mormon’s beloved sermon written to a group of faithful saints. Moroni Chapter 7 is a wonder of doctrine and reassurance and promises.

 This particular scripture–verse 30– shows a little glimpse  into heaven.  Angels bow down to our Savior–“they are subject to him, to minister to his word of his command”—like a King in charge of an army, the Savior has legions of angels waiting  to help us.

Elder Holland includes a wider group of angels in his talk, “The Ministering of Angels”:

“I have spoken here of heavenly help, of angels dispatched to bless us in time of need. But 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. Some of them reside in our own neighborhoods. Some of them gave birth to us, and in my case, one of them consented to marry me. 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.”

I had an angel sent to me last Friday.

We went to do a session in the Provo  temple. I was trying not to feel too anxious about my son who had not written from the  Mexico MTC the afternoon before on his regular Preparation Day or Pday. But he is a newbie missionary with a mustard seed of testimony and he was in my thoughts as I entered the room. (It also hasn’t helped that I am following the trial of “El Chapo”, a notorious  Mexican drug lord who has been brought to justice in the United States.)

Then I saw angelic Brother Tyler.

He was one of the workers who was helping in the temple session.  I saw his bright countenance and I was reassured. I knew everything would be ok.  Brother Tyler is a seasoned Institute Teacher and has taught in my Stake center for 3 or four years until he was reassigned to a stake center in Orem. He and his wife have 4 children and adopted 4 children, and two of them have fetal alcohol syndrome. He has shared freely with us in the audience about what raising a fetal alchohol child is like. Horrific! We,  coming for reinforcement ourselves with our own challenges, were  reassured over and over through scriptures and his own experiences, that  everything would be all right. He was really good at that.

When I saw his beaming, calm, angelic face, my fears were abated. It was a tender mercy  for me not to worry. I saw a person who had already calmed me for 4 years and Heavenly Father knew I needed calming right that instant.

Elder Christensen wrote that afternoon at 1:27. His siblings pinged me as well that they had heard from him. The missionaries in his district had to update their visas at immigration during the time he usually wrote. It was his one month anniversary yesterday. His letter conveyed how much work the MTC was, how grateful he was for letters and how much he loved me.

When I hadn’t heard from him I tried to relax and not worry, and was sent a gentle reminder that everything was going to be alright. I challenge you to look over your days as you worry or stress, and find the angels, the kindnesses and the prayers that are answered for you by a loving Father in Heaven.

I want to write about the last line of verse 30,

showing themselves unto them of strong faith and a firm mind in every form of godliness

in another post! Look out for part 2!

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