For the third year in a row, the Light the World campaign of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be encouraging its members to share love and kindness as the Savior did. BYU–Hawaii students said they plan to light the world this Christmas season through their examples.
Sara Nelson, a junior from Utah majoring in exercise science, said, “I love the work that the Church has been doing the past few years with this campaign. In a world where Christmas is being used as an excuse for people to shop until they drop, we need Christ in our Christmas now more than ever. So many people think of other symbols and icons and buying as much as they can during Christmas, and forget about Jesus.”
In October 2018, the Church introduced its new campaign for the month of December, which is slightly different from the years before. According to LDS.org, the Light the World campaign challenges “people of all ages and religious backgrounds to not only to share the good news of Christ’s birth but to actively follow His example of service throughout the month of December.”
The main theme for this year is “Give as He gave,” which encourages members of the Church to be charitable and serve others as the Savior would. Along with the main theme, this year’s initiative will include four sub-themes, one for each week leading up to Christmas Day. They are, “Light Your Faith,” “Light Your Family,” “Light Your Community,” and finally, “Light the World.”
Sei Kuwahara, a sophomore from Japan majoring in marketing, said, “My way to light the world is simply to smile always. It has been good remembering to smile always. I know life is hard, but still we have a reason to smile.
“I like the program, because we as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a big reason to become a light of the world. This is the only true church of God, and His children deserve to have the light shared among them.”
Altanshagai Enkhbat, a sophomore from Mongolia majoring in business management, said, “For me, I feel that lighting the world means lighting up the people. From the article I read in the Ensign, it talks a lot about how we need to be bright at the last day. So I am thinking that if people help to serve others and make others feel good, their spirit adds additional light to the person’s soul.”
This year’s Light the World initiative began Dec. 1. On this day, members of the church were encouraged to participate in a worldwide day of service and serve others in any way they can. Members are encouraged to use Justserve.org to find service opportunities.