By Nicole Balmforth
Dec 18, 2018

How Scouts Can Help “Light the World” Week 3

This Christmas, we are following along with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ “Light the World” movement. Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, spent much of His ministry caring for individuals, one by one. This movement encourages everyone to follow His example this Christmas and find ways to share our time, love, and resources with those in need.

Once a week, until Christmas, we will explore the ways Scouts and families can Light the World by helping others as Jesus Christ would. We hope you will follow along with us this holiday season and share your stories of how you and your Scouts have helped to Light the World.

Week 3: Light Your Family

This week of Light Your Family focuses on how serving your family can help bring the light of Christ into your homes. But what does it mean to serve your family? It means to help your family when they are struggling or to help out when you aren’t asked to. There are so many ways you can help each other and through that become closer to Christ.

Do a chore

It can be hard to keep the house, the yard, and or the car clean while taking care of the family. Provide an act of service for a family member to show them that these chores aren’t just their responsibility. Help them clean the house or do something thoughtful without asking for recognition. These acts of service will bring you and that family member closer. 

Show someone you care by writing a heartfelt letter

Put down the laptop and make the letter personal. Yes, we want you to pick up a pen and paper and write something from the heart. I know this can be challenging for some, but the act itself shows that you took time out of your day to think about your family member. I’m sure your family member will love whatever you have to say, just start writing.

Have a conversation with your loved ones

It’s nice to converse with others and share thoughts and feelings. The holiday season can be lonely and hard for some so reach out and call your grandparents, aunts and uncles, or a family member that is far from home. Put in the extra effort to listen and react with compassion and care. This act can help a family member relieve some stress, show support, and maintain family connections. 

Spend meaningful time together

Take time to unplug and connect with your family without distractions. Being free from technology is what really allows families to share in where they can laugh and talk together. The focus is on each other rather than the likes we get on social media. Here are some activities that allow you to spend meaningful time:

  • play a board game or card game
  • cook and eat with each other
  • arts and crafts
  • go camping
  • play a game of sports together

Group service with your family

Helping others with your family can be an empowering experience that brings you and your Scout closer together. In our previous weeks “Light the World” article, there are several ways in which you and your family can help others. 

These moments you share with family are perfect to reflect on the power of the Holy Spirit, the love and the ways you live and follow God.

 

Nicole Balmforth

 

Author: Nicole Balmforth | Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council

 

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