Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Spoke in October 2008 Saturday Conference:
When Adam and Eve willingly stepped into mortality, they knew this
telestial world would contain thorns and thistles and troubles of every kind.
Perhaps their most challenging realization, however, was not the hardship and
danger they would endure but the fact that they would now be distanced from God,
separated from Him with whom they had walked and talked, who had given them
face-to-face counsel. After this conscious choice, as the record of creation
says, “they saw him not; for they were shut out from his presence.”
Amidst all else that must have troubled them, surely this must have troubled
them the most.
But God knew the challenges they would face, and He certainly
knew how lonely and troubled they would sometimes feel. So He watched over His
mortal family constantly, heard their prayers always, and sent prophets (and
later apostles) to teach, counsel, and guide them. But in times of special need,
He sent angels, divine messengers, to bless His children, reassure them that
heaven was always very close and that His help was always very near. Indeed,
shortly after Adam and Eve found themselves in the lone and dreary world, an
angel appeared unto them,
who taught them the meaning of their sacrifice and the atoning role of the
promised Redeemer who was to come.
When the time for this Savior’s advent was
at hand, an angel was sent to announce to Mary that she was to be the mother of
the Son of God.
Then a host of angels was commissioned to sing on the night the baby Jesus was
Shortly thereafter an angel would announce to Joseph that the newborn baby was
in danger and that this little family must flee to Egypt for safety.
When it was safe to return, an angel conveyed that information to the family and
the three returned to the land of their heritage.
the beginning down through the dispensations, God has used angels as His
emissaries in conveying love and concern for His children. Time in this setting
does not allow even a cursory examination of the scriptures or our own
latter-day history, which are so filled with accounts of angels ministering to
those on earth, but it is rich doctrine and rich history indeed.
This is a wonderful message about a wonderful Doctrine of the Church. Click on the title at the top to go to the complete message. I can only ad my testimony of Angels who have helped me in this life at many times. Some were of this earth like Nancy, my wife, and others were from heaven. Philip Westerlund was the man who shared the Gospel with me and is the Angel I owe my life and happiness to. My childeren are Angels who have helped Nancy and I perfect ourselves more in their service and seeing their successes. I could go on with so many examples of this kind, but I need to also mention that I have been blessed with protection and comfort that I know to have been Heavenly Angels.