Fear Factor: Fear Not, Only Believe

FILES FOR THIS ACTIVITY ARE AVAILABLE IN MY ETSY SHOP: Freshaire Designs
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If you haven't done an activity like this one...  this would go perfectly with this year's (2011) Mutual Theme.
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I love the theme for Mutual this year (2010): "Be strong and of good courage, be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest" Joshua 1:9.
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I created the following Fear Factor activity for the YW in our ward in Lehi, Utah a few years ago and thought it would be a great activity which would support the new Mutual theme. It is based on an article written by President Gordon B Hinckley, "Fear not, only believe", which can be found in the New Era, January 2000.
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Believe in God.
Believe in God, the Father of us all. You are His child and He loves you. He is interested in you. He is concerned about you. He wants you to be the very best you can be. He wants you to make something of your life. He wants you to be upright and true and honest and straightforward and clean and decent. He desires to bless you. If you live your life in such a way as to be worthy of His blessings, He will bless you and you will not be troubled by the evil of the world.

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Believe in Christ.
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God who condescended to come into the world to save mankind. He is your Savior and your Redeemer. He was the Son of a mortal mother and a divine, Eternal Father. In His name you pray. Through His atoning sacrifice you obtain forgiveness for your sins. You have the assurance of the Resurrection, and if you walk in His ways after His pattern, you will have the opportunity of exaltation.
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Believe in yourselves.
Believe in yourselves and in your capacity to do something worthwhile. God has given you a mind and a spirit and a body with which to do your work. You have tremendous capacity. You do not have to be a genius to do something worthwhile in the world. The major work of the world is done by ordinary people who have learned to work in an extraordinary way. This is what makes the difference. Stand tall and look sharp and bright with a smile on your face, and you will find that people will love and honor and respect you. “To thine own self be true,” wrote William Shakespeare, “And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man” (Hamlet, act 1, scene 3).
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Believe in the power of prayer.
Believe in the power and majesty of prayer. The Lord answers your prayers. Prayer brings you into partnership with God. It offers you an opportunity to speak with Him, to thank Him for His magnificent blessings, and to ask Him for guidance and protection as you walk the paths of life. This great work, which is spreading over the earth, found its roots in the prayer of a boy. He had read in the family Bible, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (James 1:5–6). That is the promise. Is there any greater promise anywhere in the world than that promise?
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Believe in goodness.
Believe in goodness, my dear young friends. There is so much of evil in this world. It seems to be everywhere—in television, in books, in magazines, in videos. Do not sit around watching videos of a sleazy nature. Do not do it. They will not help you. They will hurt you. You can become addicted to those things, and they will destroy you. Believe in goodness. In the midst of great evil, there is so much of good to be found in the world. It is your responsibility to follow the right. “Choose the right when a choice is placed before you” (Hymns, no. 239). There is something wonderful and uplifting that comes from believing in goodness and beauty and truth.
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Believe in education.
Believe in education. A mandate has been given you by the Lord Himself. He has said: “Seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118). You are not expect to earn college degrees. But you are urged to take advantage of learning to equip yourselves to do worthwhile things in the world. The world will compensate you for your skills. If you are an honest and skilled workman, you will bring honor to yourself and to the Church. This is the great day of preparation for each of you. This is the season to train yourself for the highly competitive world that lies ahead.
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The Invitation:

The Arrival:
As they arrived they each choose a piece of bubble gum.  The color they choose determined the team they were placed on...  the Yellow Team or the Black Team.

"Guess How Many are in the Jar?"
Whoever came closest, got the jar filled with gummy worms and spiders.
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"What is it?"
The table was filled with edible items.  They took a guess as to what each item was.  Taste testing was optional.
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Here is a list of a few of the items we have used for "What Is It?" in the past:
- dried mushrooms
- anchovies
- mini octopus (purchased at a local restaurant)
- duck heads
- canned spinach
- seaweed wrapped crackers
- pigs feet
- cow pies
- sauerkraut
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"The Challenges"
Just like the popular television show, the youth were asked to complete a number of Challenges. They each received a red flag upon completion of each Challenge, 6 flags in all. These can be redeemed for a reward at the end of the night.

After each Challenge, one of the youth read aloud the correlating paragraph from President Hinkley's talk.  Then it was opened to their ideas on how the "Challenge" backed up the Prophet's counsel.  I love a good analogy! And they came up with some good ones.

Believe in Goodness: Food Challenge
Do I really have to drink that?
Needed Supplies:
McDonald’s Happy Meal(s), Cups, Blender
Instructions:
Prepare the concoction by placing all the items from a McDonald’s Happy Meal(s) into a blender (hamburger, fries, soft drink).
Place a tray of cups – already filled with the concoction – on a table. Have each youth drink the whole thing before the count of 30.

Believe in Prayer: Physical Challenge
Obstacle Course
Needed Supplies:
Blindfolds, 2x4, children’s bike, mini trampoline, tires, (use you imagination)
Instructions:
Use your imagination in creating an obstacle course for the youth. Time them as they take turns running the obstacle course while blindfolded, being lead by their leader’s voices.

Believe in Education: Mental Challenge
Origami
Needed Supplies:
Origami instructions, paper, timer
Instructions:
While being timed, the youth are to create the designated Origami using the instructions given.

Believe in Yourself: Endurance Challenge
Sit-Up Competition
Needed Supplies:
None
Instructions:
Have the youth do sit-ups for 2 minutes straight. This can be done in two groups, if the youth need someone to hold their feet down as they do their sit-ups. Lend encouragement as the youth become weak and want to give up.

Believe in God: Scripture Challenge

Find 7 scriptures where the Lord tells us not to be afraid
Needed Supplies:
Scriptures, Pencils
Instructions:
Have the youth use the scriptures to find passages where the Lord tells us to not be afraid.

Believe in Christ: Group Challenge
Willow in the Wind Trust Fall
Needed Supplies:
None
Instructions:
Choose one person to be "The Willow", have them stand in the middle with their feet together, eyes closed, arms crossed and hands on shoulders, keeping body straight. The rest of the group sits in a circle around the willow - heels to the ground, toes pointing up, and feet pressing gently, yet firmly, just above the ankles of the willow.
The group will sit with arms outstretched, elbows locked, and fingers loose, ready and alert. The willow will do a "trust lean" and allow them self to be "passed around" the group.
Important: Ensure the group is tight, should-to-shoulder, arms outstretched. In this position, hands should almost touch the person standing in the middle. This ensures that the initial fall will be gentle. Gradually the group can ease back. Distribute large and small people evenly, to avoid weak points.


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The files for this activity have been updated and are available in my Etsy shop: Freshaire Designs. The files are available in both full-color and in black and white.
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109 comments:

  1. oops, me, Catherine, again - (about your fear factor activity) idk if it will share my email with you or not...

    my email is catherinetaylor1@gmail.com

    thanks

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  2. hmmm.... now it looks like it sent my 2nd one and not the first. just incase.... i asked if you would be willing to share your documents or images for the activity - like the invitaion, posters, handouts, etc etc

    thanks

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  3. Would it be to imposing to ask for an e-mail or a link w/ your Fear Factor challenges? Only if you have time/don't mind!
    Thanks
    Jennifer
    piippozoo@bresnan.net

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  4. I would love an e-mail or a link, as well. Thank you so much, Karen thequists1@msn.com

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  5. I would love the email too! Thanks
    jessicalynn1916@juno.com

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  6. Can you send me the images , documenta and links to this. Please. gaj61903@att.net

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  7. I, too would love the images and documents for this activity! Looks like fun!!
    dllambson at q dot com

    Thanks!

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  8. Hi! Can I please get the file to print the challenges & signs for this activity? Thanks in advance! Tana428@gmail.com

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  9. Hi there! Would it be possible to please get a file of printables, ect. that go along with this activity? Thanks, Kris aitchisonk@live.com

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  10. Such a great idea!! Could I too have you send me the images and documents for this activity!! It looks so fun!! Thx! Shannel Rowley at shannelrowley@gmail.com

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  11. I would love the files you made for this activity, if you'd share! Thanks! Such a fun idea.
    jenn.lott83@gmail.com

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  12. Hi I would love the files too. I cant wait to do this with our youth!
    mcmero06@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  13. Can you share your amazing work with me too!! please :)
    rocioswanson@hotmail.com

    Thanks!!

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  14. I love this activity, and was wondering if you could send me your files. Thanks!
    marianne.bluth@gmail.com

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  15. We are doing a Fear Factor activity with our youth and would love a link to your files or anything you would be willing to share! My email is: samimyers@hotmail.com. Thank you so much!!

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  16. Hi I would love the files too. I can't wait to do this with our youth!
    mom24k@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  17. HI, I am so excited about your site! Could you please send me the printable s for the Fear Factor Experience? I CANNOT wait to do this with our Youth!!! They are going to LOVE it!!!! therish6@att.net

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  18. I too would love to have your files for this! Thank you so much!

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  19. Momofgirls - all I need is your email address. :)

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  20. Could I also be sent the files that you have? This looks so awesome! Thank you so much!

    rachelschroyer@yahoo.com

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  21. Hello:

    May I have the email as well? Thank you! Going to use it for our girls camp this summer!!!!

    amymtimm@yahoo.com

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  22. I too would love the file! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    jsspockets@yahoo.com

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  23. Could I please get the file too? You have such amazng ideas! Thanks!

    amber1gonzalez@hotmail.com

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  24. Thank you for posting this! It looks amazing. Could I get the files?
    ann.glaus@gmail.com

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  25. Thanks for all your creativity!!!!
    Just like everyone else - I would love the files as well if that's possible.
    anyaustin@gmail.com

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  26. hi. i would love to have this excellent game for my church. can you send me info to my email. leslika_pr@yahoo.com. i apreciate. thanks and God Bless You.

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  27. Hey, Can you send me the different foods listed ..that were for the challenge?? knight_for_health@hotmail.com

    Be Blessed

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  28. Would you be willing to share your files along with the list of what items you included on the "What is it?" table?
    thanks,
    kris
    motin03@yahoo.com

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  29. This is such a great activity. Can I please have the files? You've done a great job!! noordagirls@gmail.com

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  30. Can you send me the information for this? preachinman4ever@yahoo.com

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  31. Hi, would you mind emailing me your files along with the list of what items you included on the "What is it?" table? Thanks so much! vanessaholt09@gmail.com

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  32. Hi Just what I need for this Friday night. Great ides. As I am just helping out with the Youth - Usually do then younger kids . Thanks. For love the info mmsandes@gmail.com

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  33. Love this! Thanks for sharing. Could I get a copy of the files please lglenn35@gmail.com. Thank you!!

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  34. I would love to get more details just as others have asked about above...
    katiecava@hotmail.com
    Thanks.

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  35. Could I get the materials and printables? rhudy2422@yahoo.com

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  36. What a fun activity. I was wondering if I printables for this activity. akkenner@msn.com . Thank you. I was also wondering how many youth did you have on a team? :0)

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  37. This activity looks awesome. Is there any way you could send me the files too? saraparker5@yahoo.com Thank you so much!

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  38. What a great idea!! Could you send me the files as well?? kirlindsay@gmail.com Thank you!!

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  39. Would you please email me the FEAR FACTOR printables? also "The what is it list?" I will glady pay for your great ideas. Just need ASAP. We are having a 5th quarter FEAR FACTOR themed party this Friday for after our homecoming!

    Love your website--just found it this morning! 4lhwood@gmail.com

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  40. This is awesome! I love your blog! It helps us plan so many wonderful activities! Could I please have the files for the Fear Factor night as well to print out? Thank you! oneilgurl_7@hotmail.com

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  41. Do you mind sending me printable a

    allypman@comcast.net

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  42. Could you sen me your files too?
    kristencrockett2001@yahoo.com

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  43. I just found this and would love to use this for an upcoming Youth Fellowship. Could you forward the files to me at carolegmason@yahoo.com? Thank you so much!!!

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  44. I LOVE it when I find people with such great imaginations. I would LOVE if you could share everything you have for this activity. I am going to try this with our Activity Day group. We have about 25 girls. Thank you so much. My email is danielnsara@msn.com.

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  45. I would also love the printables for our Mutual activity.
    robreyleon@yahoo.com THANKS!!

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  46. That's awesome! How did you come up with this? And are your mutuals always like this? You put a lot of time into this I can see. I was just wondering if you did this in depth mutual often?

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    1. Aryelle, though not every mutual activity is going to be as "in depth" as this activity was... I personally believe that you can find a gospel centered lesson in everything you do. It may take some creativity and some thought, but it can be done. :) One of my favorite activities is one in which the youth are taught how to do this themselves: http://goforwardwithfaith.blogspot.com/2011/08/baskets-of-inspiration.html

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  47. Would you please send the files to me too? You're just so popular :) scleavitt741@aol.com. Thanks for making this available to everyone!

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  48. I would like to receive your files too please! Thank you for being willing to share! 060905mail@gmail.com

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  49. I would love to receive your files. I can't wait to do this with my group.
    Michele@ortho2.com

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  50. This is an awesome activity. Love it! Can you please sent me your files? pc4k@msn.com

    Thanks!

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  51. Would it be to imposing to ask for an e-mail or a link w/ your Fear Factor challenges? Only if you have time/don't mind! and the activity run down ?

    thank you
    robbietaylor1987@gmail.com

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  52. Would you please send the files to me too? fiona@brentseeley.com. Thank you so much for sharing your hard work.

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  53. I would love the files too! Love LovE LOVE this idea! tammysnews@gmail.com

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  54. I'm in charge of doing a combined YW/YM activity and this sounds really fun. Can you send me the link to all your files? Thanks for sharing….
    taylors@q.com

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  55. You are so creative! Can I get the files too please? dunndebbie@gmail.com

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  56. I'm sorry to bug you! You just have the cutest idea and my girls are so excited to do this activity with all the YW! Would you mind sharing the files with me as well? jensingsop@gmail.com

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  57. I would love to do your idea for our yw/ym! Will you please share your files with me? Tscho23@Hotmail.com

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  58. What a great idea! Could you please share your files with me? Thanks!
    Jngrimes335@gmail.com

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  59. Such a fabulous idea! Do you mind sharing the files with me too? I know you've "sent" it out a bazillion times! Thank you! This will be perfect for our upcoming combined YM/YW.
    greenzgirl1@gmail.com

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  61. Sent!

    For all future requests:

    I recently created an {Activity Pack} for this particular activity and it is available in my Etsy shop: Freshaire Designs. Instant downloads. :)

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    1. Hi there. You have come up with such an awesome activity. Well done for all your efforts and hard work. I would love to do this for a combined mutual activity. I read your previous post stating that you have created a activity pack with instant downloads.. I can't seem to find it anywhere.. Could you please share the link so I could download or please email me at sha-k1@hotmail.com Thank you so much for your time =)

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  62. What an amazing idea!
    Could I get the file as well??
    Thanks
    Gigglerae@gmail.com

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  63. You are amazing! The youth in our ward would love this and it would help with the winter blues this time of year. We still have at least 3 feet of snow on the ground here in New York. Would you mind sharing your files and what the items where on the table? I would appreciate it very much! Wish I was this creative!

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  65. if you are sharing your files, i would absolutely love them.
    sam@mrqcorp.com
    thanks much
    sam

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  66. really great! if you are still sending files, my e-mail is akingshere@aol.com

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  67. What a clever activity and lesson! I would love to have the files to go along with the activity! My email is conea08@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

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  68. I am trying to do one of these, can you send me the file my email is kirstenhayford@gmail.com

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  69. Hello you are awesome :) could you please send me the details printables and things from this activity?Our Youth would LOVE this.
    shakkabee@gmail.com

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  70. Would love to use this for camp, would you send me the info? nicolebault@gmail.com

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  71. Hello, I will appreciate it if you can send me the documents and images you used for this activity. Thank you so much in advance. E-mail address: d.adepoju@outlook.com

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  72. Hi there. You have come up with such an awesome activity. Well done for all your efforts and hard work. I would love to do this for a combined mutual activity. I read your previous post stating that you have created a activity pack with instant downloads.. I can't seem to find it anywhere.. Could you please share the link so I could download or please email me at
    sha-k1@hotmail.com Thank you so much for your time =)

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  73. Hello! I absolutely love this idea, so much so I suggested we do a Fear Factory activity just like this one for our mutual this October! They put me in charge of the activity. I would love if I could get the files or documents for this activity that you have! My email is taybay_8283@hotmail.com

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  74. Hi! I am in charge of our combined YM/YW activity in a couple of weeks! I would love to get your files if I could to use them for this activity. Can't wait!
    Thanks. Email me at ritchieheber@mac.com

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  75. I would so appreciate an email or link for this material.

    Smith.bettya@gmail.com

    Thanks,
    Betty

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  76. Hello there! Love these ideas! Would you be so kind as to e-mail me a download link for these images/activities? My e-mail address is chantel.carusone@gmail.com Thanks so much!!!

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  77. I love it ., I too would love the images and documents for this activity! Looks like fun!!
    tranessebrooks@hotmail.com

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  78. We are doing this activity for our combined YM/YW in April. I would love the info sent to me thru email if possible so i could print it off. Thanks for the idea!!
    littleredchef@hotmail.com

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  79. Hi there.
    Would you email me the files / information / link on the fear factor games please. Whatever you can send, I would love to have it and would appreciate it.

    Thanks
    hughenrodericks@gmail.com

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  80. Hi, Terry God bless you. Could you please email me the files informatio on the fear fator game?thank you so much. Chiquiyu24@gmail.com

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  81. Hello I'm Having A Church Lock In For My Youth Group On June the 28 And I Love The Idea To Play Fear Factor. Could You Send Me The Files For This Game To My Email At Calynadams74@gmail.com

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  82. I was wondering if you would be willing to share your fear factor files with me? This would be perfect for our combined young men/young women activity next month! Thank you so much! you are so creative! samhorrocksfam@gmail.com

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  83. Hi, I was wondering if you could email the files for Fear factor. thanks Danaamandanichole @yahoo . com

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  84. What a great idea. Can I please get the file to print the challenges & signs for this activity? Thanks in advance! emailmarcoklein@gmail.com

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  85. Would you mind emailing me the files for this event as well? pmtodd119@gmail.com

    Thank you very much.

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  86. This is such a great idea! I love activities that combine great spiritual principles with fun! Thanks for the idea. Would you mind sending me the files for the activity? My email is jbpeaden@gmail.com
    Thank you!!!

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  87. Wow! What an incredible activity!! Is there any way you could send these files to my email? I would appreciate it so much! Thank you!! sarah_stucki@live.com

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  88. Could you please send me the files as well. jenae.natesmith@gmail.com. Thank you!

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  89. Hi I love this idea! I would love the files as well. I am totally willing to pay for downloads, I tried to do it thru your etsy site and can't seem to make it work. My youth would love to do this. You are super creative. kjwright73@gmail.com

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  90. I would also love the file sent will be following you-Amazing ideas! Thanks jeffandkimmadsen@gmail.com

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  91. I would love the file also! Our youth would love this! Thanks so much! wadetimberline@yahoo.com

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  92. Terri can you please share your files with me.Our church youth would love this. It was recommended to me by my daughter who is a 3rd grade teacher. My email address is totallifechangesforyourlife@gmail.com

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  93. This is such a good idea! I would love these files too! Any chance I could get them? rachtlyman@gmail.com

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