Friday’s are for Journal Writing (or Reading)

I love Friday’s. Particularly this Friday. Aaron and I stayed up until 2:30 a.m. last night because, HELLO, Stranger Things Season 2 premier! I’m not big into sci-fi, or even fantasy or adventure fiction for that matter, but this show is strangely addicting (ha, see what I did there?). Because of our late night we both slept in until about 10:00 this morning. #heaven Due to the late start, Aaron decided to stay home with me today and do his school work here so we’ve been sitting at the table together now for about 3.5 hour pecking at our keyboards. Well, he has. I’ve been entertaining myself by reading my journals from 2008 & let me tell ‘ya something…I was totally a teenage girl! My life was all about boys, Target, dance, work, high school friends, EFY, girl’s camp, etc. etc. And about every other journal entry I wrote something like, “Life is good! Gram & Papa bought a condo in Saint George, I passed my history test, and… I gotta pee so I’ll write later!” Some things really never change.

In my journal from Sophomore year in college, I found an entry about my experience attending a funeral of a childhood friend. His name was Tyler Robinson. Although we didn’t know each other extremely well, we were in the same performing group for a number of years throughout middle school and high school. He was part of a large family I had growing up so I attended with a handful of our friends. Tyler’s father spoke, and he gave great advice:

“To Ty’s friends, keep a journal. We cherish Tyler’s….all 12 pages of it!”

I laughed at the comment, both back then in 2012 and this morning when I read about it, but I also realized & was reminded of the importance of journal keeping.

President Kimball said in 1980, Those who keep a personal journal are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives.” Ironically enough, I found this quote in my journal on a small, skinny white piece of paper. It must have been from a Young Women’s lesson once. But these words are true! Currently I have 8 journals completely filled to the brim of experiences, thoughts, General Conference notes, stories, scriptures, handouts, letters and cards from friends & family members, and it’s nothing but sweet when I am able to find a few quiet moments to pull one out and relish in its pages. I laugh, I cry, I ponder, and I realize that certain opportunities, struggles, accomplishments, and failures I have experienced throughout my life will only be of benefit to my posterity. Aaron has even gotten a kick out of some of my entries, too. Like when I was french kissed in high school and I was soooooo grossed out I went home and cried! Or, when I wrote on one page to my future children, “If my kids are reading this, I hope you are making wiser choices with your time than I did!” That particular day in 2013 I didn’t go to class & I missed a quiz because I went to Salt Lake City for a friend’s birthday instead. They’ll know about that since it’s recorded but they don’t need to know about the many times I took an afternoon nap on the quad rather than going to math class. 😉

Journal keeping is truly a huge part of my testimony. It’s a great way to write down thoughts as you study your scriptures or Patriarchal blessing. It’s also been a great way for me to just R E L A X, it’s a place where I can “contain my true self”, and I can record the way I “face up to challenges that beset me.”

We are also taught from President Kimball that “we may think there is little of interest or importance in what we personally say or do—but it is remarkable how many of our families, as we pass on down the line, are interested in all that we do and all that we say.” He tells us that if we keep journals and records, they will be “a source of great inspiration to your families, to your children, your grandchildren, and others, on through generations.” I hope that through my personal record keeping, my posterity will feel well acquainted with me, and grow to love me.

“And in that glorious day when our families are together in the eternities, we will already be acquainted.” -President Kimball Speaks Out on Personal Journals, New Era, December 1980

I testify of the importance of journal keeping. The blessings are real & I can’t wait to watch them unfold as I continue in this journey.



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