Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities you want to use.
Note: Do not light the candle that you use during the lesson. It is against Church policy to light candles in the meetinghouse.
Suggested Lesson Development
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week. You may want to have them share their experiences with showing kindness. Whisper as you talk with the children.
Jesus Christ Taught, “Let Your Light Shine”
Children Can Be Good Examples
Tell the children that we can all follow Jesus Christ’s instruction to let our lights shine by being good examples for others. When we choose to follow Jesus, other people can learn about him by watching us.
Ask a child to uncover a paper candle by removing the paper basket that covers it. Read the name or names on the candle. Then tell the story that goes along with that candle. Repeat with the other two baskets and candles, telling the other two stories.
We Can Let Our Lights Shine
Invite a child to give the closing prayer and ask Heavenly Father to help the children be good examples for others.
As the children leave your classroom, invite them to walk out quietly with their paper candles held in front of them. (If the children must wait for someone to pick them up from the classroom, invite them to show their candles to the person picking them up.)
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for the children in your class. You can use them in the lesson itself or as a review or summary. For additional guidance, see “Class Time” in “Helps for the Teacher.”
Have the children act out the better solutions to the situations they discussed in the section “We Can Let Our Lights Shine.” The children could also role-play the stories of Susan, José, and Eric and Peter.
Sing or say the words to “Do As I’m Doing” (Children’s Songbook, p. 276). The words to this song are included at the back of the manual. Let the children take turns leading the song by demonstrating an action for the other children to copy.
Or let the children play “Follow the Leader,” giving each child a turn to be the leader.
Point out that in this song or game, everyone follows the leader’s example. Remind the children that when they choose the right, they are being good examples for those around them.
Sing or say the words to “Shine On” (Children’s Songbook, p. 144).
My light is but a little one,
My light of faith and prayer;
But lo! it glows like God’s great sun,
For it was lighted there.
Shine on, shine on, shine on bright and clear;
Shine on, shine on now the day is here.
I may not hide my little light;
The Lord has told me so.
‘Tis given me to keep in sight,
That all may see it glow.
Ask each child a review question, whispering as you did in the attention activity. Have the children respond in whispers. Compliment them for listening and thinking carefully.