With the Christmas season quickly approaching, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has released their annual Christmas initiative with the hashtag “LIGHTtheWORLD” encouraging both members and nonmembers to serve others with simple actions this December.
Each year, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints releases a “Christmas initiative” encouraging the people to remember the religious aspect of the season, as well as improving themselves. In years past, they have produced videos about the season, and are doing the same this year, but there is a bit of an extra challenge.
The LDS Church has stated through their news website that this is a “Christmas initiative encouraging members to share the light of Christ through small, but meaningful acts of service on each of the 25 days before Christmas.” So, through the month of December, members are encouraged to do a simple act of service each day, often relating to different themes such as “Jesus Helped the Blind to See and so Can You.” On this day, people are encouraged to donate to a vision charity, raise awareness for the vision impaired, or even donate old eyeglasses so others can benefit from them. Members are not the only people encouraged to join in this month however.
This year, the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints came out with the hashtag “LIGHTtheWORLD.” This makes it possible not only to share any awareness for the activity, but also encourage others to join in the event. People are asked to give awareness to charities, organizations, and other such things with this hashtag as well as any relating to that organization.
One huge way for people to join in the fun was the kickoff on December 1st, 2016. This day was named the “Worldwide Day of Service.” This day, all people were encouraged to simply serve their neighbors, teachers, parents, friends, or just fellow people. The Church also purchased billboards in New York City on Times Square, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Johannesburg, South Africa, the Philippines, and Mexico to raise awareness for this month and this day especially.
A church representative, Elder Bednar, said, “The whole purpose of this initiative is to celebrate and share the Light of Christ. What we hope people will do is not simply think about the Savior during this Christmas season, or even just learn more about Him. What we hope is that they will come to know Him by doing what He did.” So, even if you are not LDS, you can still serve and try to “Light the World” this Christmas season.