Christmas is the season of love, hope… and lights. We put lights everywhere— on our houses, our trees and even around the neighborhood. But have we ever stopped to wonder why that is? The Savior Himself gave us the answer,
I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12).
The lights point us to Jesus Christ. He is our light in the darkness, He is the One who shows us the pathway back to our Heavenly Father. And His is the birth that we celebrate at Christmas. Thus, lights are an important part of the season. Elder David A. Bednar said,
Many of our memorable and enduring Christmas traditions include different kinds of lights—lights on trees, lights in and on our homes, candles on our tables. Indeed, light has significant meaning as we commemorate the humble birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is in this spirit that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is launching an initiative called #LIGHTtheWORLD. Beginning December 1 and continuing through Christmas Day, Latter-day Saints are encouraged to seek opportunities to serve others in small but significant ways— and to encourage others to do the same. Elder Bednar said,
As our Great Exemplar, the Lord lived a perfect life, ministering one by one in love and service. Like Him, we can exemplify and share His light and love with those around us.
The Light the World initiative will kick off December 1 with a Worldwide Day of Service. Elder Bednar explained,
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.
The Church of Jesus Christ has posted ideas for service, an Advent calendar that you can download and print as well as 25 videos about the Savior at Mormon.org/Christmas. You can also share your experiences on social media and read about others by using #LIGHTtheWORLD.