- 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.
- From the beginning down through the dispensations, God has used angels as His emissaries in conveying love and concern for His children.
He speaks of angels that are not seen, and some angels that are seen, but always they are very near us and sent to us when God sees we need help. Sometimes their messages are loud, and sometimes their messages are very private. Often, God provides angels to give us guidance and troubling times.
- 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.
He shares with us that there are many things in our lives that cause us distress and concern. We can find comfort in the promises of God that He will not leave us alone to handle the stresses of this world by ourselves. Our lives are blessed by His presence all the time. It is our responsibility to notice that support and love in our lives in whatever form it is sent to us.
- Our present day is filled with global distress over financial crises, energy problems, terrorist attacks, and natural calamities. These translate into individual and family concerns not only about homes in which to live and food available to eat but also about the ultimate safety and well-being of our children and the latter-day prophecies about our planet. More serious than these—and sometimes related to them—are matters of ethical, moral, and spiritual decay seen in populations large and small, at home and abroad. But I testify that angels are still sent to help us, even as they were sent to help Adam and Eve, to help the prophets, and indeed to help the Savior of the world Himself. Matthew records in his gospel that after Satan had tempted Christ in the wilderness “angels came and ministered unto him.” Even the Son of God, a God Himself, had need for heavenly comfort during His sojourn in mortality. And so such ministrations will be to the righteous until the end of time.
Elder Holland reminds us that not all angels are on the other side of the veil. We have angels among us, people who are living their lives so that they can be instruments in God's hands to uplift His children and provide the Heavenly comfort that is needed in our lives.
- 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.
He concludes with his testimony of angels from heaven and the power that God has to send aid in our times of need.
- My beloved brothers and sisters, I testify of angels, both the heavenly and the mortal kind. In doing so I am testifying that God never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges that we face. “[N]or will he, so long as time shall last, or the earth shall stand, or there shall be one man [or woman or child] upon the face thereof to be saved.” On occasions, global or personal, we may feel we are distanced from God, shut out from heaven, lost, alone in dark and dreary places. Often enough that distress can be of our own making, but even then the Father of us all is watching and assisting. And always there are those angels who come and go all around us, seen and unseen, known and unknown, mortal and immortal.
- May we all believe more readily in, and have more gratitude for, the Lord’s promise as contained in one of President Monson’s favorite scriptures: “I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, … my Spirit shall be in your [heart], and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.” In the process of praying for those angels to attend us, may we all try to be a little more angelic ourselves—with a kind word, a strong arm, a declaration of faith and “the covenant wherewith [we] have covenanted.”
I have been blessed in my life to have angels from this side of the veil bless my life. I have known several people that have been sent to aid my family, my children, when I felt that all hope was lost. I have been blessed by people that have lived their lives to be in tune with the spirit so that they were guided to ask how they can help when they were inspired to know something was not right. I have seen miracles occur because someone was more concerned about my children's salvation than their own children's well-being at the time. I have seen blessings come to my life because someone was trying to what the Savior would have done if He was on the earth. I know there are angels all around us. I know that God sends people to be His helpers in this life. I know that we can all be helpers in this life if we are striving to be in tune with the spirit, living our lives in a way that will allow God to send us as His representative. Angels are real, they aer heaven sent, and can be found living among us.