Church launches ‘Light the World’ Christmas initiative

A global effort to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and encourage people to serve others during the Christmas season is being launched by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The “Light the World” Christmas initiative will reach worldwide audiences from Friday, Nov. 25, through Jan. 1, 2017.

A calendar providing daily ideas for planning service opportunities in December leading up to Christmas day is titled, “In 25 Ways, Over 25 Days.” Sharable online content is available at mormon.org including a video that invites the public to perform acts of service following Christ’s example during the Christmas season. The service effort will kick off Thursday, Dec. 1, with a Worldwide Day of service.

The church is not trying to overwhelm people with ideas for service during the Christmas season. These are very simple things for which the Savior has provided the example. And we, in a very appropriate, simple way during this Christmas season, can do the same things He did. He healed the blind. We can help the blind to see. We might, for example, read a story to someone in a nursing home who cannot see -- it doesn’t take a lot of time, but is a small, simple act of service that exemplifies the Light of Christ.

It’s the Christmas season: we have lights, all kinds of lights on our houses, on our trees, on our dining tables. It just makes sense to link those wonderful traditions with the source of truth, even Christ as the source of light.

“As we follow the example of the Savior and live as He lived and as He taught, that light will burn within us and will light the way for others.” (Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).

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