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Angels to Help Us

Reading: “The Ministry of Angels,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, October 2008 General Conference, Saturday Afternoon Session

Angels help us when we face troubles.  Elder Holland tells us that these angels are both heavenly messengers of God, and just people around us who are ready to help us.  Of the heavenly kind he says:

Usually such beings are not seen. Sometimes they are. But seen or unseen they are always near. Sometimes their assignments are very grand and have significance for the whole world. Sometimes the messages are more private. Occasionally the angelic purpose is to warn. But most often it is to comfort, to provide some form of merciful attention, guidance in difficult times.

And of the mortal type he says:

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.

It seems to me from thos talks I have read the main message the leadership of the church has for us is: don’t be afraid.  Although it seems like things are scary and terrible, God will help us through difficult times.  And, we should help each other.

When he said that angels (of the heavenly sort) are often not seen, it made me wonder if I have ever had angels helping me without knowing it.  I can think of many times in my life when I seemed to have divine help or guidance, and whether or not there was an angel I know it was God helping me.

Today I am going to say prayer and ask God to help me help those around me.  Although I cannot think of any needs that come to mind, perhaps I can be that angel for someone else who needs it.

What “angels” have blessed your life, mortal or unseen?


Faith in a Time of Trouble

Reading: “You Know Enough,” Elder Neil A. Anderson of the Presidency of the Seventy, October 2008 General Conference, Saturday Morning Session

At this point in time many of us have reasons to be fearful.  The economy is in trouble, there are a multitude of natural disasters, and many of us are doubtful of our future.  Elder Anderson’s talk was an ecouragement to have faith even when times are bad, with many touching stories of other people whose faith has helped them in hard times.

The story that touched me the most was the story of little Hadley, who was born with hearing problems.  While in a grocery store one day, the little girl loudly asked her mother why the boy behind them had no legs.  Her mother explained that God makes all children differently.

Then, unexpectedly, Hadley turned to the little boy and said, “Did you know that when Heavenly Father made me, my ears did not work? That makes me special. He made you with no legs, and that makes you special. When Jesus comes, I will be able to hear and you will get your legs. Jesus will make everything all right.”

It is good for us to remember that God loves us.  Elder Anderson also stated that faith is a choice, not just a feeling.

Along with everyone else, the publicity of the bad things that have happened lately have left me fearful of my future.  Sometimes I look at my little girl and I wonder what the world will be like for her when she grows up.  Then I remember that God has always lead his people and he will take care of her no matter how bad things may be for her.

Today I am going to let the bad things I hear about remind me of God’s promises, and of past times when things seemed bad but they turned out for the better.

What is a time in your life when things seemed bad, but your faith helped you to gain something good from the experience?