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What Are Angels and Why Are They So Important in the Last Days?

Taught by Donald Parry


Day Time Location
Friday, August 2 11 a.m. Ricks 173
Donald Parry

Donald Parry


Donald W. Parry, Ph.D., is a professor of the Hebrew Bible. He has served as a member of the International Team of Translators of the Dead Sea Scrolls since 1994. He researches the scrolls in Jerusalem and then publishes his research in books and articles. He has authored or edited 33 books, 10 of which pertain to the scrolls and five dealing with the writings of Isaiah.

For Latter-day Saint audiences, Parry has authored a number of books, including: Angels: Agents of Light, Love, and Power; Symbols and Shadows: Unlocking a Deeper Understanding of the Atonement; and Understanding Isaiah. Parry has also authored other books on Isaiah, ancient temples, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

He is married to Camille Parry and they are the parents of six children. Parry enjoys camping with his family and going on walks with Camille.

Class Outline

What are angels and who are angels? Angels of the Lord are messengers who minister among mortals. They have had prominent roles in all gospel dispensations and their sacred work continues in our own dispensation. The prophets have revealed important truths regarding angels and their role in restoring keys, their extraordinary capabilities, and their missions.

Learning Objectives:  

  1. Our living prophets describe the following categories of angels: Pre-mortal spirits (Rev. 12:7; D&C 130:5); translated beings (Joseph Smith, Teachings, 170; 3 Ne. 28:6-7, 30; D&C 7); "Spirits of just men made perfect" (Heb. 12:22-24; D&C 129:1-3; Joseph Smith, Teachings, 325); and resurrected persons (D&C 129:1-2). See also the LDS Bible Dictionary, 608.
  2. Elders Dallin H. Oaks and Jeffrey R. Holland have taught the importance of angels to each of us (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, "The Aaronic Priesthood and the Sacrament," CR, Oct. 1998; Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "The Ministry of Angels," CR, Oct. 4, 2008).
  3. Angels have power over the elements, thus enabling them to bless lives in unusual ways (Judges 6:20-21; 13:20; Exod. 3:2; Rev. 7:1; 14:18; 16:3-5, 12; JS-H 1:30, 43).
  4. Angels possess extraordinary capabilities and powers, which enable them to fulfill their missions (Rev. 5:2; 10:1-6; 18:1-2; 21; Mosiah 27:11, 18; 3 Ne. 17:24; D&C 77:8).
  5. During our own dispensation, angels have restored various keys (D&C 13; 84:26; 107:20; 110; 128:20-21; President Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 142).

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