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|Title||KnoWhy #360 - Why Does God Sometimes Send Angels to Help People? (Alma 24:14)|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Alma the Younger; Angel; Atonement; Faith; Jacob (Son of Lehi); King Benjamin; Lehi; Mercy; Messenger; Moroni (Son of Mormon); Nephi (Son of Lehi); Prophet; Samuel the Lamanite|
The ancient record of the Nephites revealed to Joseph Smith contained many accounts of the ministry of angels, and helped to explain why God sends these heavenly messengers. Angels perform several different roles in the Book of Mormon. They appeared to many of its great prophets and missionaries, including Lehi, Nephi, Jacob, King Benjamin, Alma the younger, Samuel the Lamanite, and others. The last prophet, Moroni, taught that one of the principal reasons for the ministry of angels is so that those who receive their visitation can then bear testimony of their reality and divine message and, therefore, build faith in others. Moroni further taught that angels are sent “to fulfil and to do the work of the covenants of the Father, which he hath made unto the children of men” (Moroni 7:31). God is faithful to the covenants He has made with His children, and the visitation of angels demonstrates that faithfulness, as well as His mercy and love (Alma 24:14).
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