Mormonism 101: Angels
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