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LDS Church launches annual Light the World initiative

By Genelle Pugmire - | Nov 20, 2021

Courtesy Intellectual Reserve

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announces programs and activities at Temple Square during the holidays.(Courtesy Intellectual Reserve)

Each Christmas season, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites its members and friends to Light the World.

This week, the church launched its annual Light the World Christmas initiative in an effort to “Light the World with Love,” which is this year’s theme.

In order to share the love this Christmas, the church has provided several online guides to make this season one of giving, sharing and of love.

Daily initiatives have been planned for both adults and children, along with a special coloring page for children. The calendars of daily service ideas begin on Nov. 30 and run through Christmas Day.

The printable calendars and other ideas can be downloaded on the Light The World website.

“Jesus Christ is the light of the world,” said Elder Marcus B. Nash, a General Authority Seventy, in a press release. “Those who follow Him live with light, joy and hope — even in dark times (John 8:12). As we remember His birth this Christmas season, let us also remember His exemplary life and the things He taught us.”

A new video of a modern Nativity is featured on the Light The World site. The video promotes the belief that normal people doing normal service can be the star, the shepherds and the wise men and women for Jesus in the modern world.

“We can hold up His light by doing what He did: to love God and love our neighbor by lifting up those who are down, helping fulfill the needs of those in want, and comforting those who hurt,” Nash added. “Doing this will cause His light to shine in and through us and will bring light and peace to our troubled world one person at a time. We invite everyone–everywhere — to join us in celebrating His birth and to Light the World with Love.”

In addition, the Light the World Giving Machines are back this year in 10 cities across the United States, allowing  people to donate to dozens of local and global charitable organizations during the holiday season.

The Giving Machine at University Place in Orem will be available beginning Nov. 24. A special unveiling of the machines will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 23.

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