THE MINISTERING OF ANGELS
~ A Foundational Tenent of Faith ~
prepared by Don R. Hender
The true religion of God must believe in the
ministration of angels and that it is the ever active power by which God deals directly with
man of earth. So just what is the ministering of angels, who does the ministering, and just
who is ministered to? They who do the ministering are the angels of God who are sent by the
direction of God to men on earth to the end of ministering to man that which is needed to bring
to past the very immortality and eternal life of man (Moses 1:39). That is the brief of it. But
to gain a much fuller appreciation of what it is and its unqualified need and importance, more
needs to be given to the understanding of man. For without the ministration of angels their is
no communication between God and man and man is forever lost and doomed to be without the kingdom
It may be odd to some, but it is very logical in its basic understanding, that the priesthood first associated with
the 'ministering of angels' is the Aaronic or Mosaic Priesthood held by those of Moses' era and first given to the
preisthood age boys/men of the church today. Worthy male members are given the Aaronic Priest, the Priesthood under
which John the Baptist ministered under, at the age of 12 years old. That early age seems to be a significant age in
the history of Israel. Historically after the age of 12 or those now in their 13th year, Israel's males
are then recognized as being a part of the congregation of Isreal to be so counted as an 'adult' or of the Adult congregation
of those who participate with Israel as an active member and no longer a 'child.' Certain 'tests' are ministered to
those of that age. Even, under that law of expectation, did Jesus Christ conform, as it was at age 12, in his thirteenth
year of life, that Jesus was being examined of and participating 'legally' as a member of the congregation, being examined
by the leadership of the Temple in them instructing him, though it was more as though he was instructing them as they
did marvel at the answers and wisdom that he was disclosing to them in answer to their questions.
Now, it is the Aaronic priesthood which holds the 'keys' to the ministering of angels. It is the precurser priesthood that
goes before. What more natural fact is to be established that that priesthood of the ministering of angels should preceed in
such as the restoration of all things to come. It was John the Baptist that first restored that priesthood to Joseph Smith and
Oliver Cowdery. They would always hold that priesthood from that time on. The same is true of the Aaronic Priesthood to day. While
the Aaronic Priesthood does not minister in the matters of the Mechizedek Priesthood, it is by and through that priesthood of the
ministering of angels that all things maybe restored and revealed according to the faith and worthiness of the people!
In one way, the ministering of angels is to minister in the spirit of Elias, that is when they minister as a messenger preceeding
that of the coming of that which is to come. That is John the Baptist preceeded Christ and was an Elias in that respect. Then again
John the Baptist acted and and Elias when he first restore the Aaronic Priesthood upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, the
prelimary priesthood to the further restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood on to the restoration of the Church. Noah, though
surely advanced beyond the Aaronic Priesthood, did exercise that priesthood when he acted as the Elias that announce the coming
of John the Baptist to Zacharias and of Jesus Christ to Mary and then Joseph. That is an Elias is a calling to operated in the
ministering of angels to preceed or go before. Elijah also acted in his Aaronic Priesthood when he was that Elias that was
restoring the higher priesthood ordinances of the Temple in turning the hearts of the Children to Fathers and Fathers to Children.
It is reasonable to consider that even before the Second Coming of Christ, it will be proceed by a message delivered by an
authorized Elias assigned to inform the Prophet or Prophets of the Latter-day Church that the time of that day has come and is
upon us. That is what the calling of an Elias does! We are told by Amos, that all such things are first reveal and no thing is
done expect it first be revealed to Gods servants the Prophets.
Now while there are offices assigned within that Priesthood of Deacon, Teacher and Priest; the Aaronic Priesthood is only
bestowed but once, and that beginning to one who is only 12 years old based upon worthiness. The same is true of the Melchizedek
Priesthood that it is only bestowed once, first when an elder is ordained. Seventies and High Priest are only 'offices' within
that Priesthood held according to callings of further offices so held. Once a High Priest, always a High Priest, but there is no
more Priesthood held by any office only the assignment of responsibilities and keys. A Seventy or High Priest in not 'reordained
to the priesthood' only set apart to an office held.
Again, for understanding still further brief explanations may be given as to just who are the
angels of God. In short angels are any and all of the spirit children of God. And ministering
angels are those who are called by God to minister in God's name and by God's power unto the
children of man on earth in order to bring to pass God's Great Plan of Happiness to the benefit
of man in bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. They assist God in blessing God's
children who are here on earth. They act as God's messengers. And they act by the Power of God and
in God's name.
Beyond angels being all of God's children, there ought to be specifically named a number of the
known ministering angels who have ministered unto the earth. Gabriel ministered to man in the name
of God when he came to Zacharias to deliver the tidings that Elizabeth, Zacharias' wife would bear
Zacharias a son (Luke 1:5-25). This Gabriel has been identified by Joseph Smith as being the same
as Noah (DHC 3:386). And it was this same Gabriel who also visited Mary of Nazareth and delivered
unto her the message that she would bear a son not ever having known a man. And that child was
the Only Begotten Son of God in the flesh, and that she was to name him JESUS (Luke 1:26-38). And
it was within that same visitation of Gabriel that he explained to Mary of the coming ministration
of another son of God who would minister unto her also by the Power of God that which God would
have him so minister unto her, and that was the very being of the Holy Ghost (Luke 1:35). And he
explained further unto Mary that what was done was done by the 'power of the Highest' and that
it would 'overshadow her' and she would have a son called the Son of God.
Now some attempt to explain what happened to Mary further than what the scriptures state.
None know that. If man today can by artificial insemination bring about a birth to a women without
that woman ever knowing the man, certainly the powers of God can do such and much more. And it
ought to be left at that.
A big step is taken here when it is identified that the Holy Ghost, the third member of the
Godhead is, was and ever will be a son of God and thus an 'angel of God' even to the extend that
he comes within the classification of a 'ministering angel' of God. Further, the Holy Ghost was
called and empowered by God just as the firstborn spirit son of God was in that great grand
council in the premortal existence in heaven. And yes, if one would take it that next natural step,
even Jehovah who is the same as Jesus Christ was so called, selected, anointed and empowered by
God the Father of Spirts to so be our 'Ministering God' acting in the stead of the Father in all
things pertaining to this temporal mortality. And in the broad sense of being a 'Ministering
Angel' unto the children of God, our Lord and God Jesus Christ who is the same as Jehovah, does
so qualifiy as being a ministering angel.
There is some scriptural teeth to this 'aligation' that two members of the Godhead are essentially
'ministering angels' though of specific higher callings and positions of the level of God, who are
Ministering unto the children of God to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man, that
is the salvation of man. We start by identifying Jesus Christ as being counted among the angels of
"But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make
thine enemies thy footstool?
"Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of
~ New Testament | Hebrews 1:13-14
Now there are two items to deal with here. The first concern the identity of the angel being
spoken of and other than the fact that the context surrounding these verses is speaking of Jesus
Christ, what is there further? The further identification is 'to whom was spoken', "Sit on my
right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool." To that is give the following scirpture:
"THE LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies
~ Old Testament | Psalm 110:1
This is a Psalm of David as spoken by David by the power of the Spirit of God. And here David
identifies both God the Father of Spirits as 'THE LORD' and David further identifies Jehovah as
'my Lord'. And as the Psalm so stated, THE LORD, who is God the Father of Spirits, did say unto
'David's Lord', who is Jehovah who is the same as Jesus Christ, "Sit thou at my right hand until
I make thine enemies thy footstool." Thus the 'angel' spoken of in Heberewd by the Apostle Paul,
is Jesus Christ who is Jehovah. And a Psalm of David confirms it further. Jesus Christ himself
did reference this very scripture of Psalm 110:1 during his ministry and in his conversations
concerning the fact that he was the Son of God (Mark 12:36; Luke 20:42) and so does other New
Testament scriptures (Acts 2:34; Hebrews 1:13).
Now to the second item that the Hebrews reference gives rise to. It states, 'Are they not all
ministering spirits?' That is, "Are they not all ministering angels." Now there is another
revealed scripture that speaks of this administration of angels. It is found in the Doctrine
"I answer, Yes. But there are no angels who minister to this earth but those who do
belong or have belonged to it."
~ Doctrine and Covenants | Section 130:5
Here in the Doctrine and Covenants it speaks of the angels who 'minister to this earth' who are
these ministering angels, these ministering angels who not only include such as Noah, the Holy
Ghost, and even Jesus Christ our God. And it states clearly that 'no angels minister to this earth
but those who pertain to it.' Here if one will accept it, it is an explanation as to why Elohim,
Our Father Who Art Our Celestial God in Heaven, does not minister directly to the temporal earth
and why it was that He selected as it were one from among us, His spirit children, to be the Savior
and Redeemer and Ministering God of this temporatl mortality to act in His, the Father's, stead,
the Father's stead in all things (Lev. 16:32).
Now there are many other details concerning this matter that will not be gone into specifically.
Yes, there are both 'spirit only beings' who minister unto this earth, the Great Jehovah is one
of them, the Holy Ghost is another, and there are countless such messengers of God who have and
do so minister. And there are those who have lived upon this earth, both who have not been
resurrected, those who have been resurrected, and those who have been translated, who minister
unto this earth. They are such as Noah/Gabriel as Elias, Moses, Elijah, Jesus Christ, Moroni, John
the Baptist, Peter, James and John, and so forth. And there are even lesser angel being who have
also so ministered, not only of our own past loved ones, but further even those who live with us
now. For every such priesthood holder from the Aaronic priest up, which Aaronic Priesthood holds
the very keys of the Ministering of Angels' do and have ministered unto us. Perhaps it is a little
much to for some to considere that Deacon who passes you the sacrament is a ministering angel
who is ministering unto you the Lord's Supper of Salvation as he is so empowered by that priesthood
he holds to do so in the name of and in the behalf of God.
STANDING IN THE STEAD OF HIM
Elder McConkie Taught Concerning the Priesthood:
"We can stand in the place and stead of the Lord Jesus Christ in administering
salvation to the children of men.
. . .
"We are his agents; we represent him; we are expected to do and say what he would do and say if
he personally were ministering among men at this time."
~ The Ten Blessing of the Priesthood, Bruce R. McConkie, General
Conference October 1977
Now Jesus Christ stands in the stead of the Father as though he is the Father, and the priesthood
authority is given to men, that in his absence, they may stand in his stead in ministering/administering
salvation and the Lord ordinances and sacraments of salvation unto God's children. The priesthood
is the power to 'stand in the place and in the stead of the Lord.' From the greatest to the smallest
undertaking. Even when that 12 year old Deacon stands to pass you the sacrament, if you can properly
humble yourself to see it, you will see in him Jesus Christ ministering in the name of God, as though
that young man is standing in the stead of the Lord. And if we can accept it that way, that it is
Jesus Christ, his personal representative to us of him, that is passing us that bread and that
water in remembrance of his body and blood, then we have gained to the heightened level of
spirituality that Jesus is giving his sacrament, and it is representing his body and his blood to us
unto the salvation of Christ taking upon him our sins and extending to us his forgiveness as though
he himself is passing it to us.
This Is the Living Ministering of Angels
It is not a matter of whether girls can balance a tray. It is a matter that God the Father of
Spirits himself has only authorized, through Jesus Christ our Lord and God, that male 'ministering
angels' do minister in His stead. This is not just a 12 year old boy passing bread
and water to be eaten and swallowed. This is a man authorized and empowered standing in the stead
of our Father in Heaven, just as His son Jesus Christ does. When that young man passes
the sacrament, he is not just balancing a tray, he is ministering a sacred priesthood ordinance of
salvation in the name of God the Father, in behalf of God the Father, in the stead of God the
Father, as though he is God the Father. God the Father has commanded that His
reprentative of Him in the priesthood who holds His
power and authority be worthy male church members.