Family History: Journals

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Why Write a Journal

Joseph Fielding Smith— “Every important event in our lives should be placed in a record, by us individually. … If you have accomplished something worth while during the day, put it down; it may be of use to posterity.” (Doctrines of Salvation, 2:204.)

Spencer W. Kimball— “Your story should be written now while it is fresh and while the true details are available. …

“Write [about] your goings and your comings, your deeper thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. …

“Those who keep a personal journal are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives.”

(President Kimball Speaks Out, pages 57, 59.)

Friend September 2019 “The Story of Grammy Rose” Tamika’s grandmother wrote down her great-great grandmother’s story of escape from slavery in her journal. If she hadn’t written down the story, Tamika and other family members wouldn’t know about her amazing story.

What to Write

Friend January 1987

Friend January 1987Link includes lesson ideas

Make a mini book to write the journal prompts in. Also cut out these “stickers” to add to pages.

Friend January 2018

Friend January 2018

Activity Idea: Put the following into a jar and choose one to write about each week.

Friend February 2017

Friend March 2017

Friend September 2018 “Mind Muscle: Funstuff” Write your answers to these questions.

Ways to Do a Journal

Ensign June 2017 Make a Goal to Keep a Journal (Link includes a story about why to keep a journal)

Do you want to keep a journal but don’t know where to start? Consider one or more of the following ways to document your life and testimony:
Keep a traditional written journal.

Keep a gratitude journal.

Use a journal app.

Make a photo journal, complete with captions.

Keep an audio journal with a digital recorder.

Use your social media account to document your experiences.

 Journaling to Deal with Life’s Problems

Friend December 2016 “Not So Great Sixth Grade Year”  Writing in a journal helps a girl deal with the difficulties of moving and going to a new school. (Includes some ideas of what to write in a journal.)

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