What Is Light the World?

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” —Matthew 5:16 

A boy helps another boy get up after having fallen over playing soccer from the Light the World video

What is Light the World?

#LightTheWorld is an invitation to transform Christmas into a season of service. It’s a worldwide movement to touch hearts and change lives by doing the things Jesus did: feeding the hungry, comforting the lonely, visiting the sick and afflicted, and showing kindness to everyone. Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). #LightTheWorld is the perfect way to let our light—and His light—shine brightly.

Daily service suggestions

The #LightTheWorld initiative challenges us to show love to others in the same ways Jesus did during His mortal ministry. For the month of December, specific service prompts are provided to help us focus our lives on helping others during the Christmas season. To participate, you can download a calendar outlining ideas, create your own, or follow us on social media @ComeUntoChrist.

Giving Machines

Usually, we visit a vending machine to get something for ourselves, but #LightTheWorld Giving Machines are a way to give to someone else. Giving Machines make it easy to support global charities that provide those in need with items such as clothing, eyeglasses, medicine, hygiene supplies, wheelchairs, sporting equipment, and even livestock.

In 2019, Giving Machines collected more than $3.9 million in donations. Items purchased included nearly 63,000 chickens, 1.6 million meals, 955,000 vaccines, more than 3,500 pairs of shoes, and more than 7,200 pairs of glasses. One hundred percent of the contribution goes to the charities represented at the Giving Machines, and the Church covers any credit card fees.

Giving Machines can be found in ten US locations this year.

Sunday worship services

During the month of December, we invite everyone to join us in celebrating the Savior’s birth. Come worship with us! You’re always welcome to attend our Sunday services.

#LightTheWorld every day

Each year at Christmas, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes a monumental effort to spread the message and mission of #LightTheWorld. However, you can do it all year by thinking about who you can serve every day.

Other Ways to Light the World