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Mormonism 101: Angels

Updated on November 16, 2014

Who/What are Angels?

We hear about them all the time, there is a lot of common belief about what angels are and what their mission/purpose is. Not to discredit any of it, I hope this Hub will help enlighten and add to that common belief, a broader spectrum, and a deeper look into the Gospel.

Mormonism Fact: Angels do not have wings, nor is there any account given in the scriptures that claims they do. This is an ideology adopted by most people to symbolize/explain how Angels can fly. However, there are heavenly hosts mentioned as having wings, known as Cherubims, or Seraphims; (though the wings mentioned are used symbolically, as most scriptural descriptions seem to be)


The Relation of Angels and Spirits

Angels minister for God, and are often sent as messengers. They do his will and bidding and aid those of us who are on Earth. But would you believe if I said Angels are the same beings that we are? Perhaps not. The very idea sounds preposterous. Angels are beings of glory after all! We are fallen man, true. But give me a chance to explain myself:

"There are two kinds of beings in heaven, namely: Angels, who are resurrected personages, having bodies of flesh and bones— For instance, Jesus said: Handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.Secondly: the spirits of just men made perfect, they who are not resurrected, but inherit the same glory." -Doctrine and Covenants 129:1-3

Angels come in two categories: Resurrected beings, and spiritual beings. So what of spirits? An example here would be that of The War in Heaven, as talked about in Revelation 12. Just what happened then? Well, that might need a section all its own...

The War in Heaven

Found in the Book of Abraham, Chapter 3:26-28 "And they who keep their first estate shall be added upon; and they who keep not their first estate shall not have glory in the same kingdom with those who keep their first estate; and they who keep their second estate shall have glory added upon their heads for ever and ever. And the Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And another answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first. And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him." Which Jude 1:6 confirms, which reads "And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."

(My turn on Earth is old, and it's scripting is in error in saying Lucifer presented his plan first, and Jesus second. The plan was jn fact presented first by Heavenly Father, who chose Jesus to be the savior, Lucifer then opposed. The rest is good C: )

Those spoken of are the spirit children of God. You and I. Lucifer was cast out of Heaven for rebelling against God's plan, which is the plan of redemption. The plan in which Christ was chosen to come to earth and perform the atonement. Lucifer wanted to be the savior, but he would make it so we wouldn't have our agency to choose bad things, and he wanted all the glory to himself. Christ, on the other hand, allowed our agency to choose for ourselves, and the Glory be to the Father. Lucifer was angry, convinced 1/3 the hosts of Heaven to follow him(our other spiritual brothers and sisters), and was cast out for rebellion. Thus came the devil and his angels, otherwise known as demons. There are a couple accounts of people having been possessed with Demons in the scriptures, and Jesus gave his apostles power to cast out evil spirits.


Not All Spirits are Devils

We were angels before earth in Heaven, but we didn't have our bodies. There are ressurected beings that are angels also, but not all spirits here on earth are devils. So, how can you tell an Angel from a Devil? Modern day revelation helps us to understand that:

"When a messenger comes saying he has a message from God, offer him your hand and request him to shake hands with you.If he be an angel he will do so, and you will feel his hand. If he be the spirit of a just man made perfect he will come in his glory; for that is the only way he can appear— Ask him to shake hands with you, but he will not move, because it is contrary to the order of heaven for a just man to deceive; but he will still deliver his message. If it be the devil as an angel of light, when you ask him to shake hands he will offer you his hand, and you will not feel anything; you may therefore detect him. These are three grand keys whereby you may know whether any administration is from God." -Doctrine and Covenants 129:4-9


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      Wakerra 3 years ago

      I never said anything about man being over woman in this hub? What are you going off about?

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      Erickson 3 years ago

      Oh Bina, you are totally misktaen. Our church do not and is not preaching that man should dominate the woman. You also have a misunderstanding on the beauty of the story of Adam and Eve and their fall. Remember, God created the woman out of Adams side of the ribs and not from the head or from the foot. That creation of the woman out of Adam's side is an indication that they are an equal partner and the woman to be always beside the man and not to be under his foot or over his head. Adam is not passing on the transgression to eve as if to blame her. When Adam said that it is Eve who gave him the fruit. He is just stating on what really happened and just couldn't lie. This is also the same with Eve telling God that the serpent beguiled her. Do not make your own assumptions of things and where do you find Lilith in the bible? There is none to be found. That is the thing that I can totally say is a myth.The woman is not intended or were not created to be in subordination to man. That is not how God designed it. Eve means the mother of all living and is a queen to Adam. Paul said that man could never be perfect without a woman it was written in 1 Corinthians 11:11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. The man and the woman are an equal partner working together for their posterity. The man will preside over and provide shelter and the necessities of life for the family and the woman will be responsible in bearing and nurturing their children. This partnership is designed by God that men and women will stand as kings and queens for their posterity and at the end will stand as gods and goddesses in their exalted state when they have endured all things in Christ with their family forever. They will continue to create and expand their kingdoms in heaven for man and woman will continue to have children, spirit children in heaven. And, I did not say in any of my statement that our galaxy is the center of the Universe. There is no limit to God's kingdom it is ever increasing and worlds without number He had created and it will continue to expand to fill the immensity of space for as long as there will be a space to our limitless universe. The God of this galaxy is the Father of our spirits and it was written that other gods also exists and are at the center of another galaxy. Who are those gods I am referring to here? They are the exalted children of Elohim, who have become sons and daughters to Him and have followed the path of the Savior and have become as one with them. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have become one of the gods for they received the promise that God will multiply their seeds as many or even more than the sands of the sea or the stars in heaven. That promise was not fulfilled when Abraham lived his mortal life it is being fulfilled now as He began to build his own kingdom he inherited from God and continue to multiply his seeds into countless numbers as he begins the process of creating another galaxy in which Abraham will be at the center as our Father in Heaven is at the center of our own galaxy. Here are some references Psalms 136:2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. you cannot say that this verse is referring to an idol that people worships because those dumb idol cannot worship our God and could not make our God their god. Other reference as you wanted it, Psalms 95:3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. the God whom we worship is greated than the other gods for He is above all His children. Psalms 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. Now, as you can see in these verse that we as children of God were considered as gods for we are the children of the most high and has a potential to become like Him. Jesus Christ had demonstrated the pattern of becoming like His Father in Heaven. Jesus Christ had become a God trough following the gospel He preaches. Another scripture, 1 Corinthians 8:5-65 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. Paul here had stated the existence of other gods and lords but He says that to us there is but one God and one Lord Jesus Christ because He is the Father of our Spirit and His Christ is the Father of our spiritual rebirth. This is as if to say that though there be that are called fathers and mothers in this world (I am speaking about parents) to us there is but one father and mother who have begotten us in the flesh. This is the same with godhood. the word god is an exalted title and very much related to the word father which denotes an origin of things or a founder. I can say that Godhood is the exalted word for Fatherhood. The Heavens as we know it, is composed of family units exalted together for eternity and continually increasing in posterity and the head of that exalted family units creates world without number that we now see floating in the heavens. Glorious isn't it? Believe it or not, it is true. This should be the destiny of man, but man will choose his own destiny whether it be to God or to the deepest darkness. It is for us to choose our own fate. Jesus Christ did not asked for a church for He himself had founded it and that is the primitive Church of Jesus Christ which is founded upon the foundation of prophets and apostles, Christ himself being the chief cornerstone Ephesians 2: 19-2019 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; Paul was speaking to the gentiles here as they are converted in the gospel of Christ. The saints means the member of God's household which means Christ's church. A saint is the one who was set-apart from the world and being a saint happens after a proper baptism. This ordinance should be done by proper priesthood authority and should be done through immersion for the remission of sins. The church we have which you dubbed as mormons has its name. It is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know this is the only true and living church upon the face of this earth today and is founded upon the foundation of prophets and apostles Jesus Christ himself being the rock of revelation and the chief corner stone. What ever you say, this will not change this absolute truth. God knows it. +1Was this answer helpful?