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In what is becoming an annual event, the Church is launching its fourth Light the World Campaign.
In a global effort to encourage participants to celebrate the birth of Christ through one on one service, the campaign officially kicks off December 1, but online resources are already available at LighttheWorld.org including sharable images and videos.
“Light the World presents marvelous opportunities to invite friends and neighbors to church and to your homes to learn with you about the Savior,” said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “In whatever ways seem natural and normal to you, share with people why Jesus Christ and His Church are important to you.”
Daily Service Prompts
Participants can sign up to receive daily service prompts via test message of email beginning December (for North America only).
“These prompts are to help you focus not on how can I help, but who can I help,” said Tom Pratt, who heads the program for the Church’s missionary department.
Suggestions are given day by day in December and include a range of ideas from sending a text to someone to tell them why you appreciate them, take a vow of positivity for a day, eating lunch with someone new, or tending the children of a single parent.
On December 12, we are invited to interpret our feelings for Christ through creating a song, a poem, a piece of art or some other creative outlet
Beginning November 24, a new inspirational video called “The Christ Child” will be available to watch and download and share at LighttheWorld.org.
The 18-minute video is a version of the Nativity story that takes you to the events of the Savior’s birth through the eyes of firsthand witnesses. Pratt said, “This was a real event that happened to real people.”
The film will also be shown in the Legacy Theater in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building on Temple Square from November 24 through December. It can also be seen on Gospel Media, the Gospel Library app and YouTube.
Giving Machines Return
Due to their immense popularity, the number of giving machines has doubled from five to 10 locations across the world. Unlike most vending machines where you put in money and receive something that you will forget tomorrow, these machines allow you to choose to donate to global charities for specific items like school uniforms, food for a month for a family, or a goat for a farmer. These locations include Gilbert, Arizona; San Jose, California; Denver, Colorado; Laie, Oahu, Hawaii; Las Vegas, Nevada; New York City, New York; Orem and Salt Lake City, Utah; London, England; and Manila, Philippines.