News Release

"Light the World" Christmas Initiative Encourages Christlike Service


Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their friends around the world encourage the public to participate in service opportunities during the Christmas season to celebrate the life of Jesus Christ beginning now through Christmas Day, 25 December 2017.

The "Light the World" Christmas initiative, in its second year, focuses on celebrating and sharing the light of Jesus Christ, "the light of the world" (John 8:12). The Saviour declared, "Ye are the light of the world" (Matthew 5:14).

"As we follow the example of the Saviour and live as He lived and as He taught, that light will burn within us and will light the way for others," said President Thomas S. Monson in a general conference address in October 2015. 

Shareable online content is now available at, including a new inspirational video and a service advent calendar, "In 25 Ways, Over 25 Days," Daily videos and service ideas based on the teachings of the Saviour can also be viewed on

In addition, Light the World activities throughout Australia will be posted on

Those on social media are encouraged to share their photos and short videos of their experiences by using the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD.

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