By Becky Squire
Each year during the Christmas season, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages people worldwide to spread the message and mission of #LightTheWorld. It's an invitation to transform Christmas into a season of service.
The movement brings people together by doing the things Jesus did: feeding the hungry, comforting the lonely, visiting the sick and afflicted, and showing kindness to everyone. Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). #LightTheWorld is the perfect way to let our light—and His light—shine brightly. And even with many restrictions this year, there are still plenty of ways to serve.
Christ Child Video
The Church's nativity video called The Christ Child is available to watch, download, and share with family and friends. This 18-minute video is a beautiful rendition of the nativity story that will help you experience and share the events of the Savior's birth. The story will come to life as a real event that happened to real people.
The video is available on the Gospel Library, YouTube, and LighttheWorld.org.
Daily Service Prompts
Sign up for daily service prompts and get #LightTheWorld ideas texted to you every day. Each prompt is a simple, yet meaningful way to serve. And with daily texts, there's no excuse to forget. Sign up here to get your daily service prompts.
Daily Service Calendar
Download the free daily service calendar so you can plan how and who to serve every day. Just like the service prompts, these ideas are simple and meaningful. Print it out and hang in your home, or save it on all your devices. Use this calendar for inspiration as you use every day as a new opportunity to #LightTheWorld. Download here.
In years past, Giving Machines were a popular and very effective way to serve. Unfortunately they aren't doing them this year due to COVID-19, but there are still plenty of ways to serve.
You can support your community by donating to a charity you know and trust, or join one of the Church's many charities that they have partnered with. Get more info here.
If you are looking for more ways to #LightTheWorld, check out the other, less-known resources. There are pass-along cards, Family Home Evening ideas, printables, and even more videos. Check them out here.
There are so many opportunities to #LightTheWorld. In whatever ways seem natural and normal to you, share with people why Jesus Christ and His church are important to you. Share with them, one by one, your testimony about the Savior.
Becky Squire is a writer and speaker. She has been published in several media outlets including the Ensign, LDS Living, and the Today Show. She's also the founding editor of Latter-day Woman Magazine. Follow Becky Squire on Instagram.