Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Jesus is the Light and Life of the World Sharing time

Sharing time – Jesus is the Light of Christmas
December week 3 theme- Jesus is the Light and Life of the World
Thanks to my dear friend Jennifer Rasmussen for the idea of using Christmas lights in Primary!

Christmas is coming and there are many symbols associated with celebrating the birth of Christ.  I have a wreath that symbolizes that Christ’s love for us is never ending, like the circle of the wreath. The color red symbolizes the Savior's sacrifice for all.  The color green symbolizes that everlasting hope of mankind, just as we see an evergreen tree remain green year round.  There is another symbol of Christmas that I would like to focus on today that represents our Savior Jesus Christ.  Light!

“What is the greatest source of light for us? No, it isn’t the sun.  It is Jesus Christ.  He said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).  It would be pretty tough to walk in darkness if there was no light helping shine the way.  Without the light of Jesus Christ it would also be difficult to follow the way of truth and righteousness.

Will you please help me get these Christmas lights to work because they seem to be missing a few light bulbs.  We need to find the missing light bulbs so they can shine brightly.  I will be looking for certain colors of light bulbs to match pictures that will help us discover how Jesus Christ is the light of the world.  The first bulb I am looking for is an orange light bulb (line up the bulbs on the table and blindfold a child and direct he or she to select in “darkness” the orange light bulb).  Can someone in darkness find the orange bulb on the table?   I guess we need a helper to find the orange bulb?

Orange Bulb: matching picture- Creation picture from primary picture packet 1-28 on back of orange construction paper
“Jesus Christ is the light and life of the world because all things were made by him. Under the direction and according to the plan of God the Father, Jesus Christ is the Creator, the source of the light and life of all things.”  We have all these beautiful creations on earth because of the light of our Savior.  What is your favorite thing that has been created for you? Taken from: Dallin H. Oaks, "The Light and Life of the World, Ensign November, 1987"light+and+life+of+the+world"
Ok, let’s put in the orange bulb(screw orange bulb into the Christmas decoration) and continue searching for more ways that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. (Blindfold another child and direct he or she to select in darkness the blue bulb from the table)
Blue Bulb:  matching picture-Christ’s birth from Gospel Art kit 200 on back of blue construction paper
“In the Holy Land, a star appeared in the heavens at the time of the Savior’s birth. In the New World, there was light for a day and a night and a day to mark His coming to earth as a newborn babe.” Light was very important in the birth of Jesus. Taken from First Presidency Christmas message, "Christmas Light", Friend, December 2006"christmas+light “Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world. … I am the light and … life of the world” (3 Ne. 11:10–11). D&C 93:2- "And that I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world;” When we are born, we all have the light of Christ in us.
Ok, let’s put in the blue bulb(screw blue bulb into the Christmas decoration) and continue searching for more ways that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. (blindfold another child and direct he or she to select in darkness the green bulb from the table)
Green Bulb: Matching picture- The baptism of Jesus from primary packet 1-18 on the back of green construction paper
“Jesus Christ is … the light of the world because his example and his teachings illuminate the path we should walk to return to the presence of our Father in Heaven.”"light+and+life+of+the+world"  “Even Jesus, who was perfect, was baptized (see Matt. 3:16–17).  His baptism showed that He was obedient.  Heavenly Father is pleased when we are baptized because we are following the example of Jesus Christ and we are on the path that leads back to Him.”"example+of+jesus  We can know the “light of truth” as we read the scriptures and learn more of how Jesus was the perfect example.
Ok, let’s put in the green bulb(screw green bulb into the Christmas decoration) and continue searching for more ways that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. (blindfold another child and direct he or she to select in darkness the red bulb from the table)
Red Bulb:  Matching picture-Christ’s resurrection from primary packet 2-64 on the back of red construction paper
Because Jesus Christ atoned for our sins or wrongdoings, he gives us the light of hope that we can be forgiven for our sins. “The Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.” (Isa. 60:19.) Through Christ’s resurrection, we can receive everlasting light and live with Heavenly Father forever. Source: Dallin H. Oaks, "The Light and Life of the World, Ensign November, 1987
Ok, let’s put in the red bulb (screw red bulb into the Christmas decoration) and continue searching for more ways that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. (blindfold another child and direct he or she to select in darkness the yellow bulb from the table)

Yellow bulb:  matching picture- Jesus the Christ from Primary picture packet 1-3 on the back of yellow construction paper
“When we are baptized… [Christ] gives us the greatest blessing He can give us: to always have His Spirit to be with us… We have the light of Christ and the Holy Ghost to lead and guide us in an otherwise very dark and dreary world. Light and darkness cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Where the light of Christ is found, the darkness of Lucifer, even Satan, must depart [or leave].” Taken from Robert D. Hales, April 1998 Friend"light+of+christ"
“When we live the gospel and keep the commandments, we can have the Light of Christ with us always.”"light+of+christ" “Therefore, hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. (3 Ne. 18: 24.)  “Even as Jesus himself is the light of the world, so he expects his saints to set perfect examples of righteousness so that they too shall shine forth as lights to their fellow men.” (Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:218.)
(Screw yellow bulb into the decoration and plug in the Christmas lights on the wreath) We can shine brightly like these Christmas bulbs and I challenge you to do so. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


  1. Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas. I really love how you always include the church pictures of Christ in your sharing times.

  2. Thank you so much!! I love this idea.

  3. What a wonderful twist to this sharing time. The kids are going to love it. Thank you!

  4. What an awesome idea! I appreciate that you are willing to share your creative idea's with everyone. It makes the lesson's something the children will remember.

  5. I just used your week 2 idea today with the scrolls. It was a big hit. Thanks for coming up with such clever ideas since I don't have much creativity. You're a lifesaver!!!

  6. You have such wonderful ideas for sharing time, Thank You so much for all the help you provide.

  7. Thank you so much! I have been struggling to find something that felt right for this lesson until I came across this! Thank you!

  8. What do you have the "helper" do to help a child find the correct colored bulb?

  9. One child is blindfolded and tries to find the particular color of light bulb. You can have another child quietly help direct verbally the child to the correct bulb or you can tell the child if he or she has the correct color. Having one child or the instructor calling out whether the child is incorrect may avoid the entire primary yelling at the child,"Not it!" Or "Over, over", haha! and disrupt the lesson.

  10. You are so wonderful for sharing your ideas!! Thank you!!

  11. I really liked this. I'm going to twist it a little but reading through it helped spark an idea of what I'm going to do... I'm going to turn of the lights and ask someone/ or all of the children to find one spot in the room.

    Then I'm going to turn on a flashlight, or Christmas lights and have the kids find the same spot. I think I will then talk about what you did for the yellow light. And, focus more on that point. anyway thanks for the good ideas. I appreciate it.

  12. I have been crazy busy this week, not enough time to research stuff. I love your ideas and I am especially grat!eful that you had all the grate quotes that I wanted but was running out of time to find. Thank you so much for taking your time to share your talents with us!

  13. Thank you for making our wards sharing times so memorable for our primary children!! We love your ideas and creativity. Thanks for blessing so many with your help!

  14. I love all the wonderful Ideas shared here! Brillant work!Thank you so much for posting them, it really helps to make sharing time fun and a great learning experience!