This lesson is a little backwards as we are doing the activity/craft first. We are making lanterns to be used in the lesson.
Activity: Mason Jar Lanterns
Supplies: Mod Podge, Mason Jars, Tissue Paper, Wire. Paper Punch, colored tissue paper, tea light
I used a hexagon shape paper punch, you can use any shape to cut the colored tissue. Mod Podge the tissue paper shapes to the outside of the jar. Let dry. Wrap wire around the mouth of the jar to secure and form a handle. Place a tea light in the jar.
Have everyone design their own pattern - you can't mess them up! They all turn out cute!!
Begin the lesson by turing off all the lights, or going into a dark room. Have a discussion about light and darkness. What types of physical light do we need in our life (sun, flashlight, light bulbs, candles, headlights, night light, moon, etc.) ? How do you feel in the dark? Do you remember a time you were afraid of the dark?
One by one, light the tea lights in each person's lantern and notice how the light gets brighter with each light.
Light always dispels darkness, it can never be the other way around.
Scripture: John 8:12 - Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
He also declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). He is the way and He is the light because His teachings light our path in mortal life and show us the way back to the Father.
What does "the path" refer to?
How can we feel spiritual darkness?
How can Jesus light your path?
As we keep the Lord’s commandments, we see his light ever brighter on our path and we realize the fulfillment of Isaiah’s promise, “And the Lord shall guide thee continually” (Isa. 58:11).
"And so we see that Jesus Christ is the light of the world because he is the source of the light that quickens our understanding, because his teachings and his example illuminate our path, and because his power persuades us to do good." - Dallin H Oaks
Sometimes the path is hard…
Jesus taught that “there will be times when you will walk a path strewn with thorns and marked by struggle. There may be times when you feel detached—even isolated—from the Giver of every good gift.” For these times, he reminded us that “we were not placed on this earth to walk alone. … He will be there for us to provide help if we but ask. Two ways we can find comfort: as we remember prayer and take time to turn to the scriptures, our lives will be infinitely more blessed and our burdens will be made lighter.” Thomas S. Monson
What is "the path" and where is my path leading?
How can Jesus light your way? What can we do to see the light?
How have you felt Him light your path?
If you have little ones who have a hard time writing in a journal, they might enjoy coloring this picture: