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Local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints seek to ‘Light the World’
TALLAHASSEE – Local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will take part in the Church’s ‘Light the World’ campaign, which kicks off Dec. 1.
Local congregations include seven in Tallahassee and units in Crawfordville, Madison, Perry, Quincy, Thomasville, Ga. and Cairo, Ga.
Participants are encouraged to think of someone every day who they can help or invite, and serve as the Savior did, one by one.
“Light the World presents marvelous opportunities to invite friends and neighbors to church and to your homes to learn with you about the Savior,” said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the Church’s leadership group. “In whatever ways seem natural and normal to you, share with people why Jesus Christ and His Church are important to you.”
The popular Giving Machines are back this year, making it easy to donate to global charities such as UNICEF, Church World Service, WaterAid,
Water for People and International Medical Corps. The number of machines has doubled from five to 10 locations across the world this Christmas season.
The locations for the machines include Gilbert, Arizona; San Jose, California; Denver, Colorado; Laie, Oahu, Hawaii; Las Vegas, Nevada; New York City, New York; Orem and Salt Lake City, Utah; London, England; and Manila, Philippines.
Special Sunday Service
Congregations throughout the Church will hold a special Christmas worship service on Sunday, December 22. Members are encouraged to invite friends to come and worship with them during the one-hour, Christ-centered meeting. Locations and schedules for these services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be found in the meetinghouse locator on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
A new inspirational video called “The Christ Child” will be available to watch, download and share beginning November 24 on LighttheWorld.org.
The 18-minute video is a “compelling, personal and engaging” version of the Nativity story that helps you experience and share the events of the Savior’s birth through the eyes of firsthand witnesses, said Tom Pratt, who oversees the Church’s Missionary Department. “This was a real event that happened to real people.”
In addition, the video can be viewed on the Church’s Gospel Media, the Gospel Library app and YouTube.
Daily Service Prompts
Those participating can sign up to receive daily service prompts via text message or email beginning December 1.
“These prompts are to help you focus not on how I can help, but who can I help,” said Pratt. “Of course, people can always seek inspiration for the best way to reach out to an individual.”
Suggestions for daily service include eating lunch with someone new, helping someone in need by making a small donation to a charity or planning a one-on-one activity with a friend or loved one.