The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is inviting the community to transform Christmas into a season of service by participating in its Light the World initiative.
According to their website, the purpose of the worldwide movement is to touch hearts and change lives by doing the things Jesus did, such as feeding the hungry, comforting the lonely, visiting the sick and afflicted, and showing kindness to everyone.
The movement references Matthew 5:14 in which Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world.” Light the World is a way for residents to let their light—and His light — shine brightly, the website said.
Kirk Chadwick, communications director for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Elizabethtown Stake, said the Light the World initiative centers around a calendar of daily prompts to encourage acts of kindness and service.
The prompts start on Tuesday Nov. 30 and run through Dec. 26.
A few examples of the prompts are:
• Health Caring: Express love for someone who cared for you or a family member in the past year.
• Season’s Greetings: Jesus reached out to the people around Him. Say hi to someone new today.
• Fast Relief: Go without a meal or two, and donate the cost of those missed meals to a charity that feeds people in need.
For the Fast Relief prompt, set for Dec. 5, the church has partnered with Helping Hand of Hope, Warm Blessings, and Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland to provide an easy way to donate. Donations that will benefit all of these organizations can be made through this Give270 link give270.org/fast-relief/ or through the Feeding America website at feedingamericaky.fenly.org/drive/fastrelief/.
Chadwick said the Fast Relief Project funds will help provide meals for families who would otherwise go without. He said Fast Relief draws on the dual meanings of the word “Fast” — meaning both to go without food and also to quickly help those in need.
“Fasting helps you to experience what it feels like to face food insecurity,” he said. “Our challenge to you is to go without a meal, or two, and donate the money saved from those missed meals.”
Donations for Fast Relief will be accepted throughout December.
To participate in the Light the World initiative, residents can download a calendar outlining ideas, create their own calendar, or follow Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on social media @ComeUntoChrist. Residents can also sign up for text prompts from the calendar.
For more information or to download a calendar, visit churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist.
The church also offers the app JustServe that highlights projects in the local community that need volunteers. Chadwick said JustServe is “an awesome way for individuals and families to find ways to serve those in need throughout Hardin County.”