An Invitation to Light the World
December 2018

“An Invitation to Light the World,” Ensign, December 2018

An Invitation to Light the World

“Hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up” (3 Nephi 18:24).

Mary with the baby Jesus

This Christmas season, Church leaders have again invited us to “Light the World.” This year, events will begin with a worldwide day of service and end with a special Sunday worship service. Each week in between features a different theme with different ideas for how we can “Light the World” by following the Savior’s example of love and service.

“Light the World” Worldwide Day of Service

“Light the World” officially begins on December 1, 2018, with a worldwide day of service. Serving together is a natural way for us to bless those around us and strengthen relationships with neighbors and friends.

During this day of service, members and missionaries are encouraged to plan simple acts of service with their neighbors to benefit the community where they live.

Weekly Themes

This year, service ideas are grouped by weekly themes. As you consider how you can give as the Savior gave, visit lighttheworld.org for ideas on how you can:

  • Week 1: Light the world

  • Week 2: Light your community

  • Week 3: Light your family

  • Week 4: Light your faith

A Special Sunday Invitation

As part of the culmination of “Light the World,” members are encouraged to invite friends and neighbors who aren’t members or who attend infrequently to join them in worshipping the Savior during a special sacrament meeting on December 23, 2018. Ward and branch leaders have been asked to plan a Christ-centered meeting and help guests feel welcome and comfortable.

As you pray, ask Heavenly Father to help you know who might be prepared to accept an invitation. For some helpful tips on making church more inviting when inviting your friends, visit lds.org/go/invitingE1218.

This Christmas, we can “Light the World” as we look for ways to share the light and love of the Savior with those around us.