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LDS Church releases 2016 Christmas initiative video to #LIGHTtheWORLD

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released its annual Christmas initiative video encouraging everyone to be a light to the world as Jesus Christ was a light.

“It’s the Christmas season,” said Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “We have lights — all kinds of lights on our houses, on our trees, on our dining tables. So if we link those wonderful traditions with the source of truth, even Christ as the source of light, it just made great sense to all of us that that would be the theme that we would employ this year.”

The theme “light the world” comes from the Bible verse John 8:12 where Jesus Christ says, “I am the light of the world.”

“We have lights — all kinds of lights on our houses, on our trees, on our dining tables. So if we link those wonderful traditions with the source of truth, even Christ as the source of light, it just made great sense to all of us that that would be the theme that we would employ this year.” —Elder David A. Bednar, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

This initiative invites people to perform an act of kindness daily leading up to Christmas starting on Dec. 1, which is the Worldwide Day of Service. Then people can share their experiences using the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD.

Along with the main video introducing the initiative, the Church has themes for all 25 days including multiple ways to serve following that theme. For example, on Dec. 1 the theme is “Jesus Lifted Others’ Burdens and So Can You.” On mormon.org, the Church lists three simple ways to fulfill a day of service using the theme: help someone move, share a video about service or pray for help recognizing those around you that need help. It then lists several other options underneath the three main ideas. These daily ideas also have short videos for inspiration.

The LDS Church creates an annual initiative around Christmastime each year. In 2015, the Church used the hashtag #ASaviorisBorn. This year’s video was produced in 33 languages.

Lean more about the initiative at mormon.org.

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