Angels are very important in Mormonism. It was the Angel Moroni who revealed the golden plates to Joseph Smith from which Smith translated the Book of Mormon. Moroni was one of the ancient Nephites in mortal life and the author of one of the books of the Book of Mormon. Golden replicas of Moroni sit atop many LDS temples (virtually all of the newest ones)
The Restoration of the Gospel through the Angel MoroniMormonism teacheswas prophesied by the Apostle John: And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people (Rev. 14:6)Mormonism, unlike virtually all other religious philosophies, makes no real distinction between men and angels. According the Mormon Apostle, Bruce R. McConkie, angels are messengers of God who may be one of five different classes of people (ie. His offspring):
1. Preexistent spiritsThose people who have yet to come to earth to take on bodies;
2. Translated BeingsThose people (supposedly like the inhabitants of the city of Enoch in the Book of Genesis which were "taken") who passed into immortality without experiencing death.
3. Spirits Of Just Men Made Perfect. "These are the spirits of men who have worked out their salvation, but are awaiting the day of the resurrection. (D. & C. 129.)"
4. "Resurrected Personages"men like John the Baptist, Moroni, Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Moses, and Elijah.
5. Righteous Mortal Men who have yet to die.