This year, the Church has split it’s “Light the World” campaign into four distinct weeks, with each focusing on a different sphere you can influence for good.
For the second week of December, we are encouraged to light our communities. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here is a list of helpful ideas with varying degrees of time commitment and planning.
- Visit JustServe.org to view local service opportunities!
- Find the social media accounts for your city or town and your city officials. Follow them to stay informed about what is going on in your community.
- Register to vote.
- Introduce yourself to someone who lives near you that you do not know.
- Wake up a bit early and carefully clean the snow off someone’s windshield.
- Visit a local nursing home and sing Christmas carols.
- Donate toys to a local children’s hospital.
- Volunteer at or make a donation to a homeless shelter.
- Offer to go on visits with the missionaries in your ward or stake.
- Support a small business by making a purchase.
- Join (or start!) an interfaith choir for the season.
- Donate blood.
- Do you have a special skill or talent? Volunteer to teach a class to others in your neighborhood or ward. You can even contact your local community center to offer your skills.
- Donate books to a local school.
- If you see a stray shopping cart in the parking lot, go grab it and put it away so it doesn’t damage any cars.
- Choose to take public transportation for a day to help the environment.
- Visit this link to learn more about helping refugees in your community.
- Offer water to public workers who shovel streets and driveways when you see them.
- Ask your bishop or branch president how you can sponsor a family in your ward for Christmas.
- Get together with your ministering sisters and brothers and find a way to serve together.
What would you add to this list?
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.