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Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit, the nature and purpose of mortal life, and — according to the teachings of President Russell M. Nelson — the key to one’s spiritual survival.

With that definition of joy, Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared five principles to help missionaries find joy — not only during their missions but throughout their lives — as he spoke in a Tuesday night, Jan. 9, devotional at the Provo Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. The devotional was broadcast to all MTCs worldwide.

Accompanied by his wife, Sister Rosana Soares, Elder Soares drew from the scriptures, “Preach My Gospel” and President Nelson’s teachings on joy. He also invited three guests — two returned missionaries who served under his direction while he and his wife were mission leaders in Portugal, and a good friend who is a convert — to share their experiences with joy.

1. ‘Feeling joy increases our desire to share the gospel with others’

Elder Soares quoted Ammon from the Book of Mormon: “But behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God” (Alma 26:11).

Added the Apostle: “Joy is at the heart of God’s plan for the salvation of His children. As we experience this joy in our service, we can become modern Ammons and can be instruments in the Lord’s hands to convert thousands of God’s children.” 

2. ‘Joy is a principle of power’

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