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Full-time missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are like stars in a divinely appointed orbit of influence, said Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson during a Tuesday, Jan. 3, devotional at the Provo Missionary Training Center.

“Elders and sisters, you are stars — placed in an orbit orchestrated by the Creator, our Savior, Jesus Christ,” she said to more than 850 missionaries attending the devotional.

“You are in your divine orbit because of your faithfulness. You reflect the light of Christ and shine brightly. What a glorious opportunity is yours to lift, teach and testify of the divinity of Jesus Christ and of His loving Father, our Heavenly Father, and of the divine nature and potential of every one of us. We are all God’s children.”

President Johnson reminded the elders and sisters their assignments came from God, through a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, acting under authorization from President Russell M. Nelson.

“Isn’t that glorious?” she asked. “God is directing your path because you are letting Him prevail in your lives. And all of that has come through revelation — your own, linked to the revelation of a member of the Twelve, linked to the Prophet.”

She spoke of connections and confirmations of mission assignments — first for her sons, then for her and her husband, Brother Douglas R. Johnson, who also briefly spoke at the devotional. With little to no Spanish-language experience, the Johnsons initially were uncertain about being called to preside over the Peru Arequipa Mission in 2016.

But confirmations came. “The assignment to serve where we served, when we served, placed us in an orbit of friends for the eternities,” she said.

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