Monday, March 2, 2009

Bonnie Knapp's Lesson: "Errand of Angels"

The mission or errand of Angels is to minister unto the needs of God’s children as He directs them. (Moroni 7:22) When we are on the errand of Angels, the mission that is entrusted to us is to teach, warn, rejoice, comfort, guide, protect, nurture, minister to needs, act as instruments in the hands of God–-in other words, to give service to others.

Sister Bonnie D. Parkin told us that “Today, we . . . have opportunities to serve as ‘instruments in the hands of God to bring about this great work.’ What does it mean to be an instrument in everyday terms? I think it means to nurture others. Joseph Smith called it acting ‘according to those sympathies’ in our hearts.” (Bonnie D. Parkin, Sweet Moments, Ensign, Nov. 2005)

The prophets and the scriptures tell us that service “Service is a characteristic of Christ’s followers–a divine quality.” (Elder Carlos H. Amado Of the Seventy, Ensign, May 2008) When we serve we are acting as the Lord’s agents on His errand. (D&C 64:29) How can we know the master if we have not served Him? (Mosiah 5:13) We serve the Master when we serve others. (Mosiah 2:17)

When we give service both the servant and the served experience the love of the Lord. Through serving we come to know the Lord. Service makes us strong in our faith and useful in His kingdom. Service gives us purpose and courage in life and brings us closer to God. When we serve we refine our divine nature. We are taught to love and understand our fellowmen and we forget about our personal desires because we are thinking of the needs of others. service allows us to develop the virtues that the Savior possesses. The more we give of ourselves, the more our capacity to serve, understand and love will grow.

“[A]s women we are pretty hard on ourselves! Believe me when I say each of us is much better than we think. We need to recognize and celebrate what we’re doing right. Much of what we do seems small and insignificant–just a part of daily living. . . . If we are in tune with the Spirit, if we are seeking the Lord and His guidance, if our direction is to return to our Father in Heaven . . . we have become instruments in the hands of God. . . . There are countless ways to be instruments in God’s hands. . . . The Prophet Joseph said of such efforts, ‘If you live up to your privileges, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates.” (Bonnie D. Parkin“Sweet Moments” Ensign, Nov. 2005)

President Kimball told us that “The righteous woman’s strength and influence today can be tenfold what it might be in more tranquil times.” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Nov. 1978) There is much for us to do as women of the Lord’s church–when it all seems to much to bear–please remember :

“. . . fear not, little flock; do good” (D&C 6:34) [for] “. . . I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, . . . my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.” (D&C 84:88

Let us never forget that we are engaged in the Lord’s work. You are so often, the angels who are round about us bearing each other up. Thank you for being instruments in His hands, doing His great work

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