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LDS Church invites members and friends to ‘Light the World’ this Christmas

November 24, 2017 GMT

For a second year in a row, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is invited church members and friends to “Light the World.”

The public is invited to participate in service opportunities during the Christmas season to celebrate the life of Jesus Christ, according to a church statement released Wednesday.

“The ‘Light the World’ Christmas initiative will reach worldwide audiences beginning Friday, November 24, and will run through Christmas Day, December 25,” the press release stated.

The “Light the World” Christmas initiative, focuses on celebrating and sharing the light of Jesus Christ, the “light of the world” (John 8:12). The Savior declared, “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).

“Building on last year’s #LIGHTtheWORLD Christmas initiative, this year’s effort continues the invitation to serve others as the Savior did,” said Elder Brent H. Nielson of the Seventy, executive director of the church’s Missionary Department.

Sharable online content is available at mormon.org, including a new inspirational video in 33 languages and a service Advent calendar, “In 25 Ways, Over 25 Days.” Each day during the Christmas season, mormon.org will feature teachings of the Savior with a brief video and service ideas. The website is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

“By visiting mormon.org daily, those who wish to get involved with the initiative can learn new ways to participate,” Nielson said.

Those who would like to participate on social platforms can use #LighttheWorld.

In addition, “Light the World” displays can be found at visitors’ centers in cities around the world, including Mexico City and Paris. Billboards can be seen in New York City’s Times Square, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and Mexico City.

Posters and pass-along cards are also available online for members and missionaries to encourage others to participate in the campaign.

Charity events

As part of the campaign, there will be a series of concerts performed by “Light the World” brand ambassadors who have a significant social media following, including a performance featuring The Piano Guys at YouTube’s New York studio on Dec. 12 and a concert in Lima, Peru, performed by singer David Archuleta, the press release said.

More than 90 events to feed the hungry in the United States and Canada, ranging from large collections to individual acts of service, are scheduled.

“The campaign will also support 28 local service events globally,” the church statement said. “Projects will include making Christmas packages for orphanages in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus and food, clothing and cleaning supply drives in Florida, Nova Scotia and other locations.”

“Last year, tens of thousands participated in #LIGHTtheWORLD service activities around the world. It was an inspiring thing to witness,” said Nielson in the press release. “We hope this year, thousands more will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by following His teachings and sharing His light and love with those around them.”