By Ann Jamison
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matt. 5:16).
Activity: “Let Your Light Shine Game”
Mount the game board (pages 42–43) and cards (page 43) on heavy paper or poster board. Cut out the cards and place them facedown beside the game board. Use old buttons, large seeds, or pebbles as markers. The object of the game is to “bring a friend to the light.” As you play it, you will discover many important ways in which you can let your light shine, be a friend, and share the gospel with others.
To play: Each player puts a marker for himself, and a second one for a “pretend friend,” on the Start square. (You could even choose a name for your pretend friend.) Mix the cards well and place them facedown in a pile next to the game board. The first player draws a card, reads it aloud, then moves both his and his friend’s markers the number of spaces indicated on the card. If a player lands on a small Light, he moves both markers ahead one more space. Continue, taking turns. The first player to reach the large Light continues to take his turn, helping the other players until all players and their pretend friends reach the large Light.
When you are not playing the game, practice actually doing the good things you learn in the game, and let your light shine wherever you go. Make new cards for your game as you think of other ways to let your light shine.
You do not gossip or talk about others. Move AHEAD 3 spaces. You invite some new children to play with you. Move AHEAD 2 spaces. You take a gift to your new neighbors. Move AHEAD 2 spaces. You see someone being left out and invite her or him to eat lunch with you. Move AHEAD 3 spaces. You don’t speak up when someone else is blamed for something you did. Move BACK 4 spaces. You say you will be at a friend’s at 4:00. You are there promptly. Move AHEAD 3 spaces. You cut in line at the playground. Move BACK 3 spaces. You say something good about someone when others are being unkind. Move AHEAD 3 spaces. You help an elderly neighbor. Move AHEAD 4 spaces. You invite a friend to a Primary activity. Move AHEAD 2 spaces. When someone does well at school, you compliment him or her. Move AHEAD 3 spaces. You borrow a toy from your friend and don’t return it. Move BACK 3 spaces. You leave your toys where people can stumble over them. Move BACK 2 spaces. You are team captain and include someone who is seldom chosen. Move AHEAD 3 spaces. You play loud music and disturb the neighbors. Move BACK 4 spaces. You join your family in inviting another family for a family home evening on Saturday night. Move AHEAD 2 spaces. You tell your friend about a ward or branch activity and invite her or him to attend. Move AHEAD 2 spaces. You and your family help with a neighborhood cleanup project. Move AHEAD 3 spaces. You help your family keep your home and yard clean. Move AHEAD 2 spaces. You remember to say please and thank you. Move AHEAD 2 spaces. You throw candy wrappers out the bus window. Move BACK 3 spaces. You make plans to play with a friend. Another friend calls. You play with her or him instead. MoveBACK 2 spaces.