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Citing the examples and teachings of prophets and apostles from ancient scriptures to latter days, Elder Ronald A. Rasband invited missionaries worldwide to understand what rejoicing is and to rejoice in the Lord and His call to them to assist in the work of salvation.

“Rejoice is an important word for you to have in your mission vocabulary … you have great cause to rejoice,” said the member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in a Thursday, Jan. 14, devotional streamed worldwide to missionaries via their online portal.

He explained that the Lord and His Prophet have trusted missionaries to gather His children to Him in the last days of this dispensation.

“President Russell M. Nelson has said, ‘That gathering is the most important thing taking place on earth today. Nothing else compares in magnitude, nothing else compares in importance, nothing else compares in majesty.’”

Elder Rasband titled his devotional remarks “Rejoice! The Lord is King” and cited lyrics and messages from the hymn of the same name. He also drew upon prophets and apostles from the New Testament and Book of Mormon as well as from early Church history and modern days.

Joined by his wife, Sister Melanie Rasband, the Apostle prerecorded his devotional address in a chapel in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in front of a select number of sister missionaries from the Utah Salt Lake Temple Square Mission.

Sister Rasband spoke briefly about the Doctrine and Covenants — the volume of scripture featured in the 2021 “Come, Follow Me” curriculum — and shared personal, tender experiences from the time the Rasbands presided over the New York New York North Mission.

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