By Camille Kerr, Writing Specialist on the Woodbridge Stake Public Affairs Council
In October a friend, a Woodbridge Stake member, gave an open invitation on Facebook to join her in reading the Book of Mormon before Christmas. She said, “I’ve decided to read the entire Book of Mormon by Christmas Day. I like the idea of focusing on Jesus Christ as we head into the holidays.”
What an amazing eye-opening experience this has been for me personally. As I have been reading the Book of Mormon this time I’ve been able to see a grand perspective of our Heavenly Father’s plan for all His children and the role of His son, Jesus Christ in that plan for each of us. Our Father in Heaven simply wants every one of His children to feel of Christ’s Light and then stay close to our Savior so that we can return to Him and our Heavenly Father someday.
Every prophet in the Book of Mormon testifies of the Savior and His saving power. Coming unto the Savior brings His light into our lives now and eternally. And reading the Book of Mormon daily brings His light into our lives each day because it testifies and teaches of Him. No wonder than that President Thomas S. Monson in April 2017 General Conference pleaded with “each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day.”
Have you felt the light of Jesus Christ as you read the Book of Mormon? Have you felt the Light of Jesus Christ in your daily life? Have you felt His love? This feeling of His love and of staying close to the Savior is what He wants for all of us. When we feel His love, we try even harder to be like Him and help others feel it too. We want to share His Light.
The world needs the light of Christ desperately. It won’t necessarily be in huge ways that the His Light will spread across the world. It will be through us, in many little and simple ways, as we share it each day. In October General Conference Sister Bonnie Oscarson said, “I believe that most members consider service to be at the heart of their covenants and discipleship. But I also think that sometimes it’s easy to miss some of the greatest opportunities to serve others because we are distracted or because we are looking for ambitious ways to change the world and we don’t see that some of the most significant needs we can meet are within our own families, among our friends, in our wards, and in our communities. We are touched when we see the suffering and great needs of those halfway around the world, but we may fail to see there is a person who needs our friendship sitting right next to us in class.”
She adds, “Brothers and sisters, and especially the youth, as you strive to become more like the Savior Jesus Christ and live your covenants, you will continue to be blessed with desires to relieve suffering and to help those who are less fortunate. Remember that some of the greatest needs may be those right in front of you. Begin your service in your own homes and within your own families. These are the relationships that can be eternal….”
It’s that time of year to refocus on the Savior and His light. It’s that time of year to share His light with the world and with those closest to us.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints launched an initiative today with a new “Light the World” video and an invitation to Light the World through service during this Christmas season.
I awoke to a surprise this morning. I knew that the video would be available to see and share, but what I wasn’t expecting was that the entire 25 days of the “Light the World” initiative was automatically imported into Gospel Library. Right on the main page of Gospel Library where you see all the categories, you’ll find one called “Light the World.” In that category you’ll find the main “Light the World” video and 25 days, each with a scripture, video, and ideas for Lighting the World. You can also access a calendar on Mormon.org with the daily scriptures and ideas.
We, as the Public Affairs Council of the Woodbridge Stake, hope that you and your family will find joy in Lighting the World the Christmas season. We would love to post photos, videos, and stories of the ways you are serving and how others are serving you. Please share by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you be an instrument to spread Christ’s light and love to others this Christmas season?
Please Share the Light and in so doing Light the World.