what are you going to do for others this holiday season?

Anyone who knows my husband personally knows he has a heart of gold and cringes at the thought of turning down an opportunity to love and serve others. Bradley and I were friends for almost 2 years before we began dating. I remember watching him emulate Christ’s ability to serve others in our church ward. I was not the only one who noticed his desire to serve others; people were always talking about his Christ like demeanor and I would often hear people talk about the “light” that he seemed to have upon him. While we were dating, I told Brad that he had a light about him. He humbly replied with thanks and went on to say that others have also told him this. 

Christ is often called “the light of the world.”I believe the “light” Bradley possesses comes from his desire and ability to serve God’s children and be more Christ like. So Essentially Brad’s light is the light of Christ, which I think is pretty cool!

So how can each of us get this same light? We find a ray of hope in Matthew 5:14; when Jesus is preaching the Sermon on the Mount he says, “Ye are the light of the world.” Here we have Christ telling us that WE are the light of the world, meaning this light is available to everyone. I believe we all can obtain the light of Christ by following in His footsteps through serving others. 

During the holidays we see dazzling lights span across our cities, buildings, parks and homes. This holiday season, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints put out an initiative to “LIGHT the WORLD,” which I interpret as filling the people of the world with the light of Christ. The #LIGHTtheWORLD initiative is inviting everyone around the world to participate in at least one act of service for 25 days. It starts on National Service Day, December 1st, and goes until Christmas Day!

I would like to share the Light the World and 25 days of service initiative to all my friends and family and invite you to do it with us. Bradley and I started our own#LIGHTtheWORLD 25 day experience by watching a 2 minute inspirational video on Christ that showed ways He served people during His life. Next, we printed a blank calendar from the web. Finally, we brainstormed service ideas for the 25 days and wrote them into our calendar. You can also get daily service ideas from this link:

https://www.mormon.org/christmas/in-25-ways-over-25-days

We hope our friends and family will become inspired by those they know who radiate the light of Christ and by Christ himself and act on this invitation. I know it will make the world a more peaceful and loving place.  

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