The February 2012 Visiting Teaching Message, “Guardians of the Hearth“, discusses how women can strengthen families and homes. As I was contemplating what the hearth signifies, and the relationship of women in the home, some interesting ideas evolved.
The hearth, and the fire within, was once the center of domestic and social life because it provided warmth, illuminated homes, and cooked food. Placement in the center of the house maximized the number of people able to get around the warmth of the fire. The tealight above represents the fire in the hearth.
If we consider making Jesus Christ the center of our homes – the light that illuminates, warms and nurtures, and women the guardians and caretakers of that light, we have a beautiful metaphor represented in this month’s visiting teaching aid. The paper lantern represents women and the things we can do to protect the light in our homes while following Christ’s doctrines and relying on Him to help us.
To make your lantern, print on color copy paper, then cut the bottom portion off at the dotted line.
Fold in half, then cut through the fold and down the printed lines. (The things I chose to print on these lines came from the Visiting Teaching message, as well as from points in the Proclamation on the Family.)
Tape the two sides together, then set over your lit candle. (I put the tealight inside a baby food jar to keep the flame away from the paper.)
Hope you have a great month! You can download the “Guardians of the Hearth” paper lantern below:
Thank you so much to my translators: Birgitta, Blanche, Christine, Ana Carolina, Priscila, Delmy, Sasha, May and Cheiko!