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How Latter-day Saints worldwide responded to the church’s annual #LightTheWorld initiative

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Brinley Baird delivers Christmas gifts to Aging Matters recipients in December 2020. Aging Matters is the leading agency for senior services in Brevard County in Florida.


Latter-day Saint Brinley Baird delivered gifts to senior citizens in Coca, Florida.

Youths in Lexington, Kentucky, wrote Christmas cards to every resident — a total of 138 — at a local nursing home.

A congregation in Ghana, Africa, was featured on the local television news for passing out personal protective equipment and food items to 350 households during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These three were among many acts of charity performed worldwide during December as part of the annual #LightTheWorld initiative by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The church-sponsored campaign was different this year due to COVID-19, but drawing upon the New Testament scripture of Matthew 5:14, members were encouraged to serve others like Jesus Christ did, feeding the hungry, comforting the lonely, visiting the sick and showing kindness to all, according to a church statement.

“During these unique and troubling times, we have the opportunity to make a difference in small and natural ways,” said Elder Marcus B. Nash, who serves as executive director of the church’s Missionary Department. “We can be a light that can shine to the world.”

Read the full story at ChurchofJesusChrist.org.