Why Should I Keep a Journal?

by Whitney

Keeping a journal has always been hard for me, mainly because I felt like I had nothing interesting to write about. I have so many journals with the first few pages filled out like this: About me (age, friends, family), then a daily log of my day ( I went to school. It was fun. I went to Savannah’s house after school, etc). My journals never had much meaning to me, and eventually I just stopped trying. Then I heard Brad Wilcox talk about how much he loved keeping a journal and how important it is. He said, “If we are wise, we do not wait to write until we have something to say. Most of the time, it is in the act of writing that we realize what we have to say.” He also said that journals are tools that help us create, recognize, and shape our thoughts and feelings.

President Henry B. Eyring gave a talk called “O Remember, Remember” where he talked about the importance of writing down how you have seen the hand of the Lord in your life each day. I have tried this, and I have learned that the more I try to notice the hand of the Lord in my life, the more He will reveal it to me. Keeping a journal has helped me come closer to Christ, because it helps see how much His hand truly is in all parts of my life. In his talk, President Eyring said he heard the Spirit whisper to him and said, “I’m not giving you these experiences for yourself. Write them down.” I believe that often God will give us experiences that will allow us to be an instrument in His hand and help those around us.

“The prompting that goes unresponded to, may not be repeated. Writing down what we have been prompted with is vital. A special thought can be lost later in the day through the rough and tumble of life. God should not, and may not, choose to repeat a prompting if we assign what is given such low priority as to put it aside.” -Elder Neal A. Maxwell

I challenge you to start today and just write down a couple lines about how you have seen God’s hand in you’re life today. Don’t put aside the inspiration that you receive from God. I promise that if you take the time to acknowledge His hand in your life, that you will see how much you truly are blessed.

Tips to make writing in your journal more interesting:

  1. Add color! Color coding is a great way to organize your journal.
  2. Illustrate what you are writing about
  3. Add references (verse, chapter, author, etc.) for future study
  4. Include any questions or promptings you have.
  5. Highlight, Bold, Enlarge, frame, and underline, things that are important and stick out to you.

 

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