Have you ever seen an angel? I haven’t. In fact I’ve never met anyone who has claimed to have seen one. Yet I have met thousands of priesthood holders who hold “the keys of the ministering of angels.” Now I’ve read the statements by Wilford Woodruff and others that explain why God will only send us angels if the job at hand can be accomplished in no other way. But it has always seemed odd to me that there is so much emphasis on the restoration of the keys of the ministering of angels if we never get to use those keys. Well I have learned something new recently that has helped me better understand and now you get to learn it too…
The insight came from a talk given by Elder Oaks in the October 1998 General conference. In it he he makes some very interesting comments. Here are a few:
…Most angelic communications are felt or heard rather than seen.
How does the Aaronic Priesthood hold the key to the ministering of angels? The answer is the same as for the Spirit of the Lord.
In general, the blessings of spiritual companionship and communication are only available to those who are clean. As explained earlier, through the Aaronic Priesthood ordinances of baptism and the sacrament, we are cleansed of our sins and promised that if we keep our covenants we will always have His Spirit to be with us. I believe that promise not only refers to the Holy Ghost but also to the ministering of angels, for “angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ” (2 Ne. 32:3). So it is that those who hold the Aaronic Priesthood open the door for all Church members who worthily partake of the sacrament to enjoy the companionship of the Spirit of the Lord and the ministering of angels.
So what is new here? Basically he is saying that angels send us messages but they do it through the power of the Holy Ghost. What does that mean? Perhaps many of those promptings, comforts, insights, and other spiritual flashes you and I have felt throughout our lives were not originated by God, but rather just delivered by the power of God the Spirit. Maybe they were actually from our loving ancestors, friends, or descendents on the other side of the veil (each of them angels by definition). The implication is that one role of the power of the Holy Ghost is to be a Holy postal service, passing on messages to us from individuals across the veil.
Maybe this is old news to you, but it is new to me. I have been giving credit to God for originating every spiritual message I have ever received. Now I wonder if the authors weren’t often others and the Spirit just the messenger. I like the idea. I tastes good to me. And it gives me one more reason to work hard on that cyclical pattern to perfection that helps us always have the Spirit – because loved ones may want to get through to me and I need to be worthy to receive the mail.
The Fowles recently opined on relatives pulling strings from the other side. That seems more likely to me now. And if they can send us blessings and messages, do you think we can mail love, blessings, and messages to them as well?