Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Lord's Lighthouse

I thought I would share an idea I am going to use for an upcoming Young Women lesson on following the Prophets.

This idea is based on President Monson's talk, "Believe, Obey, and Endure" (found here). In the talk President Monson talks about three signals from the Lord's lighthouse that will lead us back to live with Him. These three signals are believe, obey, and endure.

I knew right away that I wanted to make a little lighthouse to give to the girls to remind them of the lesson and President Monson's talk. It only took me a few minutes on the Internet before I found this cute idea that I thought would be perfect! The link gives instructions on how to make your own lighthouse, but I made a few changes.

First of all, the instructions ask for white plastic tape. I searched all over for plain, white tape and could not find any! No Washi tape, no mini Duck Tape, nothing. None were just plain white. Finally, I found Post-it Full Adhesive Roll (this is what it looks like) at Walmart and decided it would work. It was a little thick, so I cut it down the middle to make my stripes. 

As I wrapped the tape around the cup, I had to slowly angle it downward to keep it from wrinkling. This also made some interesting gaps so I covered them with some black cardstock and called them "windows" similar to the instructions, but not exactly.

Another couple changes I made: The instructions say to cut the bottom off the clear cup, but I just left it as is and started the stripes lower. I used a 1-3/4" punch to make my black circles for the top of the clear cup which fit perfectly and took a lot less time than tracing!

Finally, I added the words "Believe", "Obey", "Endure" to the stripes on the cup. It was really convenient that I used the Post-it tape because it was made to be written on. 

I plan to ask the girls to share something they believe in, a commandment they have been blessed for obeying, and something they have endured- or something that has taken courage to withstand (President Monson's definition).

I hope that the girls will keep this lighthouse in a place where they will see it often and that it reminds them of our lesson. I love this quote from President Monson's talk:

". . . there is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no gale so strong, no mariner so lost but what the lighthouse of the Lord can rescue. It beckons through the storms of life. It calls, "This way to safety. This way to home." It sends forth signals of light easily seen and never failing. If followed, those signals will guide you back to your heavenly home."
-President Thomas S. Monson

Are you teaching the Youth this month? How will you teach about following the Prophets?


  1. Stephanie I love all your finds!!! Also you look so familiar in your picture. WHere are you from?

    1. Hi! I am so glad you are enjoying the blog! I have lived all over! I am originally from Washington State, but I have also lived in New York, Florida, and Wyoming. I also did live in Idaho for a couple years when I attended the University of Idaho!