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Once again, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by serving others this Christmas season. As we follow His example, we can help #LightTheWorld.

Day 1
Jesus taught:

"Freely ye have received, freely give."

—Matthew 10:8
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Jesus made it clear that everything we have is a gift freely given from God. We should be grateful for all that we have and be willing to give just as freely to others.

Day 2
Jesus taught:

"I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink."

—Matthew 25:35
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People around us are thirsting both physically and spiritually. We can help them receive the life-sustaining water that their bodies need and the living water that their spirits need.

Day 3
Jesus taught:

"Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days."

—Matthew 12:12
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God designated the Sabbath as a day of rest, but that doesn’t mean we should be idle on this day. Instead, we should use our time and talents to bless others.

Day 4
Jesus taught:

"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

—Matthew 22:39
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Jesus told us to love our neighbors. Whether our “neighbors” live next door or in another country, we can show Christlike love for them through service.

Day 5
Jesus taught:

"Honour thy father and mother."

—Matthew 15:4
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We shouldn’t wait for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day to express our love to our parents. We can show appreciation year-round by serving them and living the way they taught us to live.

Day 6
Jesus taught:

"Judge not, that ye be not judged."

—Matthew 7:1
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Only Jesus lived a sinless life. We should show compassion when others make mistakes, and we trust that others will show us compassion when we have been less than perfect.

Day 7
Jesus taught:

"Suffer the little children to come unto me."

—Mark 10:14
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Jesus loved little children. We can each brighten the life of a child simply by taking the time to show that we care.

Day 8
Jesus taught:

"Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you."

—Matthew 5:44
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We may not get along with everyone, but we shouldn’t be unkind to anyone. Jesus showed us the ultimate example of loving an enemy.

Day 9
Jesus taught:

"I was sick, and ye visited me."

—Matthew 25:36
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Sickness and hard times affect us all eventually. We can help lift those who are suffering, even if all we do is devote a little time to visiting them.

Day 10
Jesus taught:

"Search the scriptures."

—John 5:39
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The scriptures contain the word of God, relayed to us through inspired servants. As we study the scriptures, we grow closer to God and gain a clearer vision of our purpose on earth.

Day 11
Jesus taught:

"I was a stranger, and ye took me in."

—Matthew 25:35
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We find it easy to serve and show kindness to people we already know and love. But we don’t fully follow the Savior’s example until we extend that same kindness to people we don’t know.

Day 12
Jesus taught:

"Blessed are they that mourn."

—Matthew 5:4
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Crushing burdens and tragic losses can nearly overwhelm people at times. To show Christlike compassion, we should comfort those who mourn, helping to lift their heavy hearts.

Day 13
Jesus taught:

"All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them."

—Matthew 7:12
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"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This is called the Golden Rule, and if everyone followed it, the world would be a better place.

Day 14
Jesus taught:

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

—Matthew 6:21
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There’s nothing wrong with having possessions as long as we don’t lose sight of more important things. When we focus on what really matters and on serving others, we can find real happiness.

Day 15
Jesus taught:

"Blessed are the merciful."

—Matthew 5:7
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Jesus’s sacrifice on our behalf was the greatest example of mercy. We can follow His example by extending mercy and compassion to others wherever we can.

Day 16
Jesus taught:

"[I was] naked, and ye clothed me."

—Matthew 25:36
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Along with things like food and shelter, clothing is a basic need. It covers us and can keep us warm. We can share with people to help them get the items they need.

Day 17
Jesus taught:

"Ye shall meet together oft."

—3 Nephi 18:22
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The Lord commanded that His followers should meet together often to strengthen one another. This applies not only to church congregations but also to families and communities.

Day 18
Jesus taught:

"Forgive men their trespasses."

—Matthew 6:14
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Allowing anger or resentment to fester will never lead to happiness. We must make amends with people before bitterness destroys our important relationships.

Day 19
Jesus taught:

"Rejoice, and be exceeding glad."

—Matthew 5:12
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God loves us and wants us to be happy. We have many reasons to be happy, even if we don’t realize all of them. One way we find joy is by helping others feel joy.

Day 20
Jesus taught:

"A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth."

—Luke 12:15
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Sometimes possessions distract us from appreciating the most important things in life. By eliminating these distractions, we can lead a more fulfilling life.

Day 21
Jesus taught:

"For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat."

—Matthew 25:35
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A person can experience spiritual hunger as well as physical hunger.  As Jesus did, we can offer people both kinds of nourishment.

Day 22
Jesus taught:

"That which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do."

—3 Nephi 27:21
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No one else has provided a better pattern for living than Jesus Christ. As we seek to emulate Him, we can improve our own lives and the lives of people around us.

Day 23
Jesus taught:

"I was in prison, and ye came unto me."

—Matthew 25:36
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Some prisons are literal, physical institutions, but other “prisons” include physical and mental afflictions, and addictions. Reach out to those who are feeling trapped and let them know they’re not alone.

Day 24
Jesus taught:

"Ye must watch and pray always."

—3 Nephi 18:15
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Prayer is the simple communication between God the Father and His beloved children. God has promised to answer the prayers of those who humbly ask.

Day 25
Jesus taught:

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

—Matthew 5:16

Jesus is the Light of the World, but every person can shine his or her own light into the world. Follow Christ’s example and be a light in the lives of those around you this Christmas season and all year long.

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