News Release

Light The World Campaign Successfully Launched in Sierra Leone

Light The World,  is a global campaign which extends an invitation to people to approach the Christmas season with a renewed focus on service and help give their time, love, and resources as Jesus gave. The Campaign which is spearheaded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was over the weekend successfully launched at the Freetown Stake Center.


The event themed “Give As He Gave”, pulled participants from government institutions, religious leaders, media owners and practitioners and academics. 

Rev. Dr. Usman J. Fornah, Secretary General of the Inter Religious Council commended the Church for its humanitarian support to institutions and individuals around the world.  

Touching on the theme for the Light The World campaign, he said “Your theme – ‘Give as He Gave’ is the most appropriate theme, I think every church can use. If God can give his only son Jesus to die for our sins, what else can we not give to others.”

“Each time you put a smile on the face of someone else, you are putting a smile on God’s face. The month of December is a month of giving.”  he added.

President Clawson, Mission President for Sierra Leone Freetown in his address explained that the campaign was being launched to enable members and non-members participate in the spreading of goodwill around the world.

He further noted that if people should participate in the structured campaign which is light the world, light your community, light your family and light your faith, individuals who have lost hope will have smiles on their faces.

The Milton Margai School for the Blind and King George’s Sixth Home were first to benefit from the campaign when assorted gifts were presented to them by representatives of the Church. In appreciation of the gesture, Mr. Kamara, Deputy Head Teacher for the school, expressed gratitude to the Church for the donation and the invitation to witness the event.

‘” We know that the money is coming from various pockets and we pray that the Lord may replenish more and more. On behalf of the committee of Management, my Head teacher, Staff and pupils of the school, I want to say thank you and I hope this will not be the end of our friendship”, he said.

Light The World Campaign Structure

In the four weeks leading to Christmas, people are encouraged to participate in the campaign. In week one, participants are encouraged to serve those in need around the world. During the second week, “Light Your Community” focuses on serving in communities. Families are the focus of the third week in “Light Your Family.” Participants are invited to show their appreciation to loved ones by calling their parents, having a family prayer, spending one-on-one time with children or other activities.

In week four, “Light Your Faith,” participants are invited to increase their faith in Jesus Christ through prayer, scripture study, visiting a temple or other religious site or attending a special Christmas worship service. On Sunday, December 23, the public is being invited to a Christ-centered one-hour sacrament meeting in their community.

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