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New Testament Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – Jesus Christ is the True Light

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To open his gospel, the apostle John shared a powerful testimony of Jesus Christ. He taught that Jesus is the “true light” of our lives. This New Testament Come Follow Me FHE lesson helps us understand why that title is so fitting and how the light of Christ can help us in dark times. Each of our FHE lessons includes three lesson plans for different ages, treat recipes, activity ideas, and more.

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Scripture

John 1:4-5

In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

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Hymn

Go Forth with Faith | Hymn #263

1. The Lord is my light; then why should I fear?
By day and by night his presence is near.
He is my salvation from sorrow and sin;
This blessed assurance the Spirit doth bring.

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The Lord is my light;
He is my joy and my song.
By day and by night
He leads, he leads me along.

2. The Lord is my light; tho clouds may arise,
Faith, stronger than sight, looks up thru the skies
Where Jesus forever in glory doth reign.
Then how can I ever in darkness remain?

3. The Lord is my light; the Lord is my strength.
I know in his might I’ll conquer at length.
My weakness in mercy he covers with pow’r,
And, walking by faith, I am blest ev’ry hour.

4. The Lord is my light, my all and in all.
There is in his sight no darkness at all.
He is my Redeemer, my Savior, and King.
With Saints and with angels his praises I’ll sing.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Activity: Begin the lesson by having the children sit in the dark. Give them each a small flashlight or battery-operated tea light. If those are unavailable, use a single candle. Ask the children how they feel in the dark. One by one, have them turn on their lights. Or, light your candle. Ask the children how they feel now that there is a light.

Scripture: Read John 1:6-9.

Read: These scriptures use the word light to describe Jesus. He is the “true light.” When we feel scared or afraid like if everything is too dark, Jesus can be our light. He can bring us peace and comfort us.

Ask: Have you ever felt scared or upset? Why?

Share: Tell the children a personal experience where you were scared or felt figuratively in the dark.

Read: Just like a flashlight needs to be turned on or a candle needs to be lit, we need to turn our testimonies of Jesus. That is one way we can access his light. We grow our testimonies by learning about Jesus and trying to follow his example.

Discuss: Talk about ways you can strengthen your testimony. If appropriate, talk about what goals you can set as a family. You may want to encourage accomplishing these goals by filling a jar with sparklers when you meet a goal. When the jar is full, have fun lighting them.

Testimony: Close with your testimony of Jesus Christ as a light to the world.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Read: John wrote his gospel to those who were already members of the Church. He knew they would have a basic understanding of Christ’s teachings. His gospel is the most unique of the gospels. He begins writing his testimony of Christ.

Scripture: Read John 1:1-18. Ask everyone to look for truth statements.

Ask: What did John teach us about Jesus Christ from these verses? [Jesus lived with God, was the creator of the earth, and is the light of the world].

Read: In these verses, John mentions how John the Baptist inspired him to learn more about Christ. He resonated with the idea that Jesus is the true light.

Ask: Why is the symbol of light fitting for Jesus? Why is light so important in our lives?

Read: In today’s dark world, we need the light of Christ more than ever. It is important that do all we can to bring that light into our lives by building a covenant relationship with God and seeking to follow him. One way we can do this is by learning truths about Christ and cherishing them the way John did.

Activity: Invite everyone to spend a few minutes writing their witness of Jesus Christ. Ask them to put themselves in John’s shoes—what would they want others to know about Christ? You may want to write experiences that have helped you build your testimony.

Testimony: Finish by sharing things you wrote and bearing your testimony.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Read Sharon Eubank’s talk “Christ: The Light That Shines in Darkness.”

Ponder on times in your life when you felt like the light of Christ was dim. Write down any similarities you may find with these times and ponder on how you can follow Sister Eubank’s counsel in future dark times.

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FHE TreatTreat

Campfire Cones

Make some delicious campfire cones over a fire as you talk about light. If you can’t light a fire, the oven works great too.

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

These magical mason jar oil lamps are fairly easy to put together and smell great.

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