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"The Lord is here with us, not in person, but his angels are around us, and he takes cognizance of every act of the children of men, as individuals and as nations.  He is here ready by his agents, the angels, and by the power of his Holy Spirit and Priesthood, which he has restored in these last days, to bring most perfect and absolute deliverance unto all who put their trust in him, when they are ready to receive it." — Brigham Young, "Journal of Discourses," 11:14 

"I have had the administration of angels in my day and time, though I never prayed for an angel.  I have had, in several instances, the administration of holy messengers." Wilford Woodruff, "The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff," Chapter 24, page 286

"The angels are our watchmen, for Satan said to Jesus, 'He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.' (Matthew 4:6) It would seem from a careful perusal of the scriptures, that the angels, while God has saints upon the earth, stay in this lower world to ward of evil:..." John Taylor, "The Gospel Kingdom," Chapter 3, p. 31

"God was with us, and His angels went before us, and the faith of our little band was unwavering.  We know that angels were our companions, for we saw them." Joseph Smith, "History of the Church," 2:73

"Now, I have always said, and I want to say it to you, that the Holy Ghost is what every Saint of God needs.  It is far more important that a man should have that gift than he should have the ministration of an angel, unless it is necessary for an angel to teach him something that he has not been taught." Wilford Woodruff, Address given at Weber Stake Conference, 7 November 1896

"All over the world, faithful Latter-day Saints are protected from the powers of the evil one and his servants until they have finished their missions in mortality. For some the mortal mission is brief, as with some valiant young men who have lost their lives in missionary service. But for most of us the mortal journey is long, and we continue our course with the protection of guardian angels." - Dallin H. Oaks, "Bible Stories and Personal Protection," Ensign, Nov. 1992, p. 39

"The Lord also teaches that, over the ages, if angels have ceased to appear, it is because of unbelief and the spirit of apostasy among men. But where there is faith, the ministry of angels will last as long as the earth shall stand or 'there shall be one man upon the face thereof to be saved.' (Moro. 7:36.) Because the Lord desires to save mankind, even until the end, He revealed to John the Revelator that in the latter days angels would again fly through the midst of heaven as emissaries of the Almighty. John saw that one of these angels would fly from heaven to earth and would bring the everlasting gospel back to earth, it having been lost to mankind over the ages. (See Rev. 14:6.)" - Mark E. Petersen, "The Angel Moroni Came!" Ensign, November 1983, p. 29

"Who would dare to say that angels do not now attend the rank and file of the Church who-

"answer the calls to the mission fields,

"teach the classes,

"pay their tithes and offerings,

"seek for the records of their forebears,

"work in the temples,

"raise their children in faith,

"and have brought this work through [the] years?...

"I feel compelled,... to certify to you that I know that the day of miracles has not ceased.

"I know that angels minister unto men." - Boyd K. Packer, "A Tribute to the Rank and File of the Church," Ensign, May 1980, p. 65

"There are people who care, even when we don't know it. I wonder how many parents pray silently for their kids? How many sons and daughters must silently pull for their mom or dad? In how many crises do friends silently cheer for each other? I am convinced that they are almost innumerable. Of course, there's only one thing better than rooting silently: that's rooting silently and vocally; to let those around us know we really care.

"But there are those who feel that they don't get much support, silent or otherwise. To you in particular I want to give my assurance that there are those who cheer from on high. God created us and loves us. More than anything else, he desires our righteous success now and our safe return to him later. When we feel no other support, we can count on him. To David of old and to us he said, 'Wait on the Lord: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thy heart' (Ps. 27:14)." - Paul H. Dunn, "The Cheering Section," Ensign, June 1980, 5

I don’t know how all of that makes you feel, but suddenly any undue anxiety about the times in which we live dissipates for me, and I am humbled, spiritually thrilled, and motivated at the opportunity we have been given. God is watching over His world, His Church, His leaders, and He is certainly watching over you. Let’s just make sure we are the “pure in heart” and that we are faithful. How blessed you will be. How fortunate your children and grandchildren will be. - Jeffrey R. Holland, "This, the Greatest of All Dispensations," Liahona, July 2007

Many people no longer believe in the ministry of angels. But God does! He has used this means of communication from the days of Adam. Is there any reason why He should not continue the procedure in our day? - Mark E. Petersen, "The Angel Moroni Came!" Ensign (CR) November 1983

Angels and ministers of grace to defend us? They are all about us, and their holy sovereign, the Father of us all, is divinely anxious to bless us this very moment. Mercy is his mission, and love is his only labor. John Donne said once: “We ask our daily bread, and God never says, ‘You should have come yesterday.’ … [No, he says,] ‘Today if you will hear [my] voice, today I will hear yours.’ … If thou hast been benighted till now, wintered and frozen, clouded and eclipsed, damp and benumbed, smothered and stupefied till now, God yet comes to thee, not as in the dawning of the day, … but as the sun at [full] noon, to banish all shadows” (Collected Sermons). - Jeffrey R. Holland, "Look to God and Live," Ensign (CR) November 1993

Let us, therefore, be like the young man with Elisha on the mount. At first intimidated by the surrounding enemy chariots, the young man's eyes were mercifully opened, and he saw "horses and chariots of fire," verifying "they that be with us are more than they that be with them" (2 Kgs. 6:17, 16). Brothers and sisters, the spiritual arithmetic has not changed! - Neal A. Maxwell, "Care for the Life of the Soul," Ensign (CR), May 2003, p.68

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. - Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Ministry of Angels,” Ensign (CR) October 2008

Even in times of great danger, moral or physical, when, like the Apostle Paul, you may be in danger of "shipwreck" either to your body or your soul, there can be standing by you, as there was by him, after fasting and prayer, an angel of God who whispered peace to his soul. - Harold B. Lee, “Conference Report,” October 1966, Third Day-Morning Meeting, p.118

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