5 Ways South Africa Is #SharingTheGift this Christmas
South Africans are heeding Elder David A. Bednar’s call to create a flood of truth and righteousness.
Just over a week ago, something rather…different happened at the Sandton LDS chapel in South Africa. Over 100 members gathered together on the benches, but it wasn’t for a sacrament meeting or Sunday school lesson. It was to go on Facebook!
We all joined Elder Hamilton for a special fireside on the Church’s official new #ShareTheGift social media campaign. The campaign is designed to help members and non-members all over the world share and enjoy uplifting and edifying messages this Christmas.
And South Africa has certainly listened to the call.
Since the fireside, Facebook timelines in the country have been flooded with #ShareTheGift posts. Here is a look at just some of the ways South Africans have been using #ShareTheGift.
1: Sharing the ‘He is the Gift’ video
This year, the Church produced a moving three-minute Christmas video called ‘He is the Gift.’ In a time where Christmas is often referred to as ‘Xmas’ and hundreds of South Africans are shopping themselves into Christmas debt, the video serves as a gentle reminder to remember and embrace the real gift of Christmas. And it’s being shared all over social media!
2: Sharing testimonies of the Atonement
In line with embracing the real gift of Christmas, members have taken the opportunity to share what the Atonement of Jesus Christ means to them.
3: Sharing quotes from Prophets and Apostles
Forget eggnog. South Africans know that nothing warms the heart quite like words from our Church leaders. Simple, warm and truthful, they reach out and touch the hearts of people in ways we don’t always see or understand.
4: Sharing Church Christmas music
Everyone loves Christmas carols! Church-produced music is all fun and festivity, but with that important message at the centre.
5: Sharing lifestyles
We’ve left this one until last because we think it’s the most interesting.
“If you are not comfortable sharing the official ‘formal’ content, then share the ‘goodness’ of your life.”
Those are the words of Ken Smaellie, who works in the Church Publishing Services, and we think it’s one of the best ways South Africans have been #SharingTheGift this season. Family pictures, stories of trips to the temple--all of these are sharing light and sharing how The Gift can bring peace to lives.
So, that’s it. These are just a few of the ways South Africans have been #SharingTheGift this Christmas. Do you have any to add? Share them with us or view more at https://www.facebook.com/ldsafricase