Monday, August 31, 2015

Ministering of Angels

My Dear Family,

On Saturday the 29th of August 2015 Gerardo, and Rosa León were married after 17 years together and then, with their son Gerardo Jr., were baptized by immersion for the remission of their sins. On Sunday the 30th of August 2015 (Rosa's birthday) Her and her family received the Gift of the Holy Ghost, the greatest gift that they had ever been given. They were confirmed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and received priesthood blessing by the laying on of hands.

I have never seen anyone so happy. Their love for the Gospel is greater than anyone I have every known. They understand the ordinance of baptism and confirmation. Brother León described his confirmation saying that his head was opened spiritually and God talked to him directly saying he was His son. I look up to this family a lot. I lack so much spiritually what they have developed so purely as they have become converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  

The room with the baptismal font was more full than any other baptism Id ever been to. 50+ people came and supported this family. The ward loves them and next week Brother Leon will receive the priesthood and will soon after bless the sacrament. They invited their family members who are not members to their baptism and soon brother Leon will baptize them too. 

3 Nefi 7:4 -  Now behold, there was no man among them save he had much family and many kindreds and friends; therefore their tribes became exceedingly great.

3 Nefi 7:18 - "... for it were not possible that they could disbelieve his words, for so great was [Nephi's] faith on the Lord Jesus Christ that angels did minister unto him daily."

Moroni worte about the ministering of angels in Moroni 7: 25-32

25 Wherefore, by the ministering of angels, and by every word which proceeded forth out of the mouth of God, men began to exercise faith in Christ; and thus by faith, they did lay hold upon every good thing; and thus it was until the coming of Christ.

 26 And after that he came men also were saved by faith in his name; and by faith, they become the sons of God. And as surely as Christ liveth he spake these words unto our fathers, saying: Whatsoever thing ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is good, in faith believing that ye shall receive, behold, it shall be done unto you.

 27 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased because Christ hath ascended into heaven, and hath sat down on the right hand of God, to claim of the Father his rights of mercy which he hath upon the children of men?

 28 For he hath answered the ends of the law, and he claimeth all those who have faith in him; and they who have faith in him will cleave unto every good thing; wherefore he advocateth the cause of the children of men; and he dwelleth eternally in the heavens.

 29 And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men.

 30 For behold, they are subject unto him, to minister according to the word of his command, showing themselves unto them of strong faith and a firm mind in every form of godliness.

 31 And the office of their ministry is to call men unto repentance, and to fulfil and to do the work of the covenants of the Father, which he hath made unto the children of men, to prepare the way among the children of men, by declaring the word of Christ unto the chosen vessels of the Lord, that they may bear testimony of him.

 32 And by so doing, the Lord God prepareth the way that the residue of men may have faith in Christ, that the Holy Ghost may have place in their hearts, according to the power thereof; and after this manner bringeth to pass the Father, the covenants which he hath made unto the children of men.

I believe in miracles and in the ministering of angles. I have witnessed the power of the Trinity as saving ordinances were performed this weekend. Jesus Christ suffered for us so that as we repent and take the sacrament we can be cleansed time and time again. 

Hurrah for Israel!

Elder Gehring


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