The nose knows-Activity-Why do the choices I make matter?

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Why Do my Choices Matter?

In the lesson or topic “Why do my choices matter” it is suggested to discuss with our youth how Satan tries to trick or confuse us

“Invite the young women to think of some things they might do when others challenge their standards. How does Satan try to confuse us about the consequences of our choices? Encourage them to look for truths during this lesson that help them combat Satanโ€™s lies.”

With Satan and his followers busy these days waging a full on war with us it is important for us to learn how to detect evil, to find know the truth.

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The way to detect evil is not by partaking in it.  That would be like checking for Rat poison by tasting it.

Heavenly Father has promised us that evil can always be discerned   We may see it from a distance.  We may smell it from a distance.  We may know it simply from its source.  We have been given a wonderful gift called
Discernment so that we can detect danger from a distance.

When you are out camping or hiking and you come across a wonderful stream and you just need a drink- if it smells funny would you still drink from it?
Probably not.  When you pull out some lunch meat from the fridge and it smells a little funny, do you still eat it?  Probably not.  Why? because our noses are telling us that it is not quite right.  It warns us. Just as our eyes and nose allow us to keep our distance from toxins, we are given a spiritual sense, that if honored will detect evil before it gets into our system.

So Wednesday before our activity we are going to do some smell tests, to see how well our noses work.  We will discuss how this just like our spiritual sense will give us warning.  We will discuss some of Satan’s tricks and lies.
2 Nephi 28:20-22 tells us some of his tricks- He will rage in the hearts and stir them up to anger against that which is good.  Others he will pacify and give them a false security.  He will flatter some away and say “there is no hell and no devil”

I am really excited to do this- I will post some pictures next week of our smell tests- I think this will help the youth to understand a little better of their spiritual sense so they can make choices that will not harm them physically and spiritually.  I am very excited.

We ended up not doing this during our activity but during a Sunday lesson
Check it out here

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  1. Teri Stokes

    February 11, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks for this idea, I have been thinking how to take this lesson up a notch. Do you have pictures of your smell tests

  2. Charisse

    February 12, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Not yet we will do it on Wednesday. I think it could totally be taken up a notch- like kinda sorta fear factor- but just using your nose to guess different things that could be dangerous (or not) like gasoline, natural gas, sulpher,smoke ect. Was that kinda what you were thinking? I would love to hear your ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Teri Stokes

    February 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    What did you do on Wednesday? I will be doing this on Sunday so i will probably stick with safe items.

  4. Teri Stokes

    February 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    What did you use to smell? I am doing this Sunday so I will need to use something safe.

  5. Charisse

    February 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    The YM pres was going to do it but changed his mind- dang I was excited- So since we did not do it Wed, I will add it to my lesson on the 24th. I was thinking of a rotten egg and going from there- what are you thinking?

  6. Teri Stokes

    February 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Rotten egg sounds like a good one, I am going to have my husband go out to the shop to find me some safe ones to take to Church tomorrow. Our lesson is on Adversity, but I will talk a little about why some bad choices we make are self-inflicted trials and then talk about other kinds of adversity.

  7. Charisse

    February 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    So how did it go??? I would love to hear ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am teaching on Sunday- and want to use this as well.
    Thank you so much Teri

  8. Anonymous

    May 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    This is really cute but taste is misspelled.

  9. Charisse

    May 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks I am a horrible speller

  10. Kristi

    March 25, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I love this lesson!

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