'Light the World' — Church announces 2016 Christmas initiative

“Serve anyone you want, any way you want” this Dec. 1. That’s the message of the Church’s Worldwide Day of Service, which kicks off a month-long “Light the World” 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.

Detailed on, this year’s Christmas message from the Church — “Light the World. In 25 ways. Over 25 days” — is all about service, especially serving the way Christ did.

Closer to December, a Christmas video will be shared on demonstrating how simple acts of service can emulate the many ways Jesus cared for others during His earthly ministry. In addition, a calendar of the first 25 days in December encourages various Christlike acts of service on each day. For example, day 5 features the message, “Jesus fed the hungry and so can you,” and provides simple suggestions for service like: donate to a food bank, or invite a neighbor over for dinner.

To launch the month-long initiative, the Church is sponsoring a Worldwide Day of Service. The goal is to have more than 100,000 individuals provide service on Dec. 1. To help with that goal, the Church is marshaling its worldwide force of 70,000 missionaries to provide service to someone in their community that day.

Watch and share the Light the World video to be released Nov. 25 on

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