By Utah National Parks Council
Dec 01, 2016

Can You Do 25 Good Turns This Month?

While the month is more than half way over, there’s still time to take the pledge of lighting the world by giving Christ-like service to others during this very special Christmas season.

Dec 21 – Jesus Showed Gratitude and So Can You


  • Give a simple gift to your mail carrier to raise spirits duringtheir busiest season.
  • Offer a prayer of pure gratitude. No requests. Just thanks.
  • Write a thank you letter to someone who has positively impacted your life.

December 1st, the LDS Church kicked off the it’s “Light the World. In 25 Ways. Over 25 Days” program. Detailed on, this year’s Christmas message is all about givng Christ-like service, which should resonate with Scouts everywhere. We try to do a “Good Turn Daily,” so it ought to be a pretty simple task for our Scouts to give service in 25 ways for the next 25 days.

“Serve anyone you want, any way you want” today and every day until Christmas. That’s the message of the Church as it kicks off “Light the World. In 25 Ways. Over 25 Days.” Detailed on, this year’s Christmas message is all about givng Christ-like service.

Good TurnThe daily Good Turn is a major part of the per­sonal growth method of Boy Scout­ing. It works equally well with Venturers, Cub Scouts and Varsity Scouts. Boys grow as they par­tic­i­pate in com­mu­nity ser­vice projects and do Good Turns for oth­ers.

A new LDS video. “Light the World,” explains the initiative by encouraging us all to share the light of Christ through small, but meaningful acts of service on each of the 25 days before Christmas. You can also download this Advent Calendar of Service Suggestions.

“When people think of Christmas, they often think of lights,” said Bruce Muir, director of emergency response for the Church. “Christmas lights, lighted store windows, tree lights. Christ taught ‘Ye are the light of the world,” and we hope that through small and simple acts of service, we can spread the light of Christ—helping others to feel the love of the Savior through genuine kindness.”

Prob­a­bly no device in Scouting is so suc­cess­ful in devel­op­ing a basis for per­sonal growth as the daily Good Turn. Record your good deeds in social media with #LIGHTtheWORLD.

Today for the Worldwide Day of Service, I am giving blood.

What will you do?

Darryl head BW


Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA.

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4 thoughts on “Can You Do 25 Good Turns This Month?

    1. Darryl AlderDarryl Alder

      Giving blood for me is not a big deal, I have donated more than 60 pints. However it turned out that my blood was low in iron, so I had to wait a few more days to give

  1. John GaileyJohn Gailey

    I know that I learned about doing a Good Turn Daily as a youth, but it is so easy to forget to look for opportunities to serve on a daily basis. However, as I’ve been working this month for opportunities to serve daily, I have rediscovered the happiness and joy that comes from simple service.

    It takes some practice to keep your eyes and heart open to discovering service opportunities, and I am still working on it.

    How do you keep focused on doing service daily? Any tips to share?


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