Since receiving the Aaronic Priesthood, I have often wondered about this phrase promised to those who receive this Priesthood when it was restored to the Earth – “…I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels…” (D&C 13:1).
After thinking for a while about what this means I was studying one day and discovered a quote by Elder Dallin H. Oakes about this very topic in the October 1998 General Conference – he taught:
“Through the Aaronic Priesthood ordinances of baptism and the sacrament, we are cleansed of our sins and promised that is we keep our covenants we will always have His Spirit to be with us. I believe that promise not only refers to the Holy Ghost but also to the ministering of angels, for ‘angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ.’ (2 Nephi 32:3). So it is that those who hold the Aaronic Priesthood open the door for all Church members who worthily partake of the sacrament to enjoy the companionship of the Spirit of the Lord and the ministering of angels.”
Here, Elder Oakes is teaching that the sacrament and the Aaronic Priesthood that governs it holds the keys of the ministering of angels. This is because, as angels speak through the power of the Holy Ghost (and the sacrament allows us to always have His Spirit to be with us), we are ministered to by angels as we partake in the ordinances provided by this Aaronic Priesthood. I had never thought about this in that way before but it is clear to see how these promises can, and are, fulfilled to bless the lives of God’s children.