While it is nice to make people feel comfortable about themselves by reading the secriptures
D&C 13:1 Upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and this shall never be taken again from the earth, until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord in righteousness.
D&C 107:20 The power and authority of the lesser, or Aaronic Priesthood, is to hold the keys of the ministering of angels, and to administer in outward ordinances, the letter of the gospel, the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, agreeable to the covenants and commandments.
and then concluding that the ministering of Angels is hometeaching, or the unseen but watchful eye of our ancestors.
But if that is what the ministering of angels that is referred to is all about then there is not much point in D&C 129, which is mostly the following:
D&C 129:4 When a messenger comes saying he has a message from God, offer him your hand and request him to shake hands with you.
5 If he be an angel he will do so, and you will feel his hand.
6 If he be the spirit of a just man made perfect he will come in his glory; for that is the only way he can appear—
7 Ask him to shake hands with you, but he will not move, because it is contrary to the order of heaven for a just man to deceive; but he will still deliver his message.
8 If it be the devil as an angel of light, when you ask him to shake hands he will offer you his hand, and you will not feel anything; you may therefore detect him.
9 These are three grand keys whereby you may know whether any administration is from God.
This is not about the unseen eye of watchful ancestors. This is not about hometeaching. This is about the ministering of angels.
And there is another point that needs to be made. If the keys of the Aaronic priesthood have no power to bring about the ministering of angels in every sense that angels ministered to prophets in the past, ,if those verses are really just about hometeaching or unseen events beyond the veil, then naturally we should conclude that the keys of the Melchizedek priesthood are not really able to bring us into the presence of the God. It would naturally imply that these verses are figurative just as the Aaronic priesthood verses would be:
D&C 107: 18 The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church—
19 To have the privilege of receiving the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, to have the heavens opened unto them, to commune with the general assembly and church of the Firstborn, and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.
But if our priesthood has no power to bring us into the presence of God, then we don’t belong to the real church. The real priesthood has power to connect earth to heaven. If the priesthood has no power to bring people into God’s presence then it has no power to save them, for that is a part of what salvation consists of.
We really do believe in the ministering of angels. We really do believe that the rights and privileges, the power and authority of the Melchizedek priesthood is to have the privilege of receiving the mysteries of hte kingdom, to have the heavens opened unto them, to commune with the general assembly and the church of the firstborn, and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.