By Maloree Anderson
Dec 11, 2018

How Scouts can Help “Light the World” Week 2

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 2: Light Your Community

“Needs exist all around us – some are just a little closer to home. Make the world a better place, starting in your own community.”

For the second week of this movement, we are focusing on lighting those in your community. Service doesn’t always need to be a grand event. It can be within your town and city. Your community will have plenty of opportunities to give, serve, and get involved. Here are a few ways to light your community:

1. Perform an act of service for your neighbor

Such a simple act of service can go a long way. Brighten your neighbors day and perform an anonymous act of kindness for them. This can be anything such as pulling weeds in their yard, sweeping off their front porch, bring them a fresh plate of cookies, or shoveling snow from their driveway. The possibilities are endless.

2. Volunteer at a homeless shelter

Volunteering at a homeless shelter is one of the most popular ways to serve others. Helping those in need and serving them can bring joy and gratitude to anyone’s heart. Here are some shelters that your family and/or unit can serve at:

3. Donate blood

Another unique way to serve others this holiday season is giving blood. The American Red Cross is one place that you can go and donate. They’ll help you through the whole process and even talk to you about how your blood can make a difference.

4. Help clean a church building

Once again, lighting the world doesn’t have to be on a global scale. Just simply cleaning your local church building can be enough. Contact the church leaders to get a building cleaning schedule, then show up. You’re maintaining the Lord’s house and allowing others to come to a clean place of worship.

 


Scouts can help Light the World by lighting their community. From small acts of kindness to donating blood, anyone can have an impact on their towns/neighbors. When you serve those around you, you inspire others to serve as well; making the world a better place.

 

Author: Maloree Anderson | is a photographer, graphic designer, mom of one, friend of Scouting and Marketing Specialist with the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America.

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