I haven’t thought this deep about “angels” until recently. It’s one of those weird beliefs compared to the secular world that I can understand why people would think they don’t exist. But having Covid a month ago, and editing videos about angels, has made me think about them much more, and given me more faith.
It’s a strange belief, but I think certain things can make angels more “real” or at least understandable. It’s the idea that angels are not these fantasy beings we see depicted in art or other places. Angels may simply be our ancestors, family and friends, who have passed on but who want to help us. To me, this makes sense because I believe we live after we die, as spirits, waiting for God to fulfill his plan. Naturally, if we were able to after death, we’d want to help our mortal family and friends.
When I had Covid, I was praying for anything to help me. I knew from the scriptures that the Aaronic priesthood has “the keys of the ministering of angels”. So I prayed a lot for that power. As I was editing a video by a BYU professor, he mentioned how these angels might be our ancestors, and we shouldn’t feel bad praying for their help. We don’t pray to them, but we pray to Heavenly Father for the help of angels. I started doing this and it was a comfort during Covid.
President Joseph F. Smith once said:
“When messengers are sent to minister to the inhabitants of this earth, they are not strangers, but from the ranks of our kindred, friends, and fellow-beings and fellow-servants…our fathers and mothers, brothers, sisters and friends who have passed away from this earth, having been faithful, and worthy to enjoy these rights and privileges, may have a mission given them to visit their relatives and friends upon the earth again.”
I believe this is possible. And I love the thought of my grandparents there watching out for me.
So when I read in the Book of Mormon, how Christ blessed the children, and angels came down to minister to them, I see a beautiful scene of children, their parents, and their angelic ancestors, together, connected as families forever.