Tuesday, August 4, 2009


For as long as I can remember, leaders from my church have counseled us to keep a personal journal. I started my first journal when I was in 4th grade and it quickly became a habit. I started out just writing a few sentences and then graduated to writing pages each day. I was better about writing in my journal daily when I was younger. Now I feel like I'm doing good if I write once a week!

A few weeks ago I did an activity for my 10-11 year old Activity Days girls on journals. We talked about how important it is to keep a journal. I showed them my journals and even read some entries to them. They laughed about me calling a boy I had a crush on "gorgeous", among other things! My entries were proof to them that you can write about anything in your journals...even silly things!!

I bought some journals from the Dollar Tree and let the girls decorate them however they wanted. Most opted to stamp their names along with some flowers on them...they did a fabulous job!

On the inside cover I taped a quote from President Henry B. Eyring's talk from the October 2007 General Conference titled "O Remember, Remember". It says: "Tonight, and tomorrow night, you might pray and ponder, asking the questions: Did God send a message that was just for me? Did I see his hand in my life? I will do that. And then I will find a way to preserve that memory for the day that I, and those that I love, will need to remember how much God loves us and how much we need Him."
I hope the girls have taken to heart what we talked about and have started writing in their journals. As I was preparing this activity, I read through some of my journals and was amazed at the stuff that I didn't remember! I'd read about something and think "Oh yeah....now I remember doing that!" It made me grateful that I kept journals and wrote faithfully!

How about you? Do you keep a journal? If you don't, I encourage you to start one! It's never too late, and it will be something that you and your family will come to treasure!


nap time journal said...

Journal keeping is so important, I just wrote in mine today :) I am not as good as i used to be but some is better then never right. check out the family planner/journal at this site, I think you'll like it. I am doing this for the first time this year and I love it. You can print off the pages for free. http://www.kmckaydesigns.com/

Have a great day :)

BIG KK and little k said...

What Dollar Tree did you go to get those? Sorry, hi I am a new reader of your blog and love it!! My husband and I are writing journals for our kids and about different things we notice or have watches them do

Jenette said...

What a great idea!

Angela said...

I totally agree. What a great project for them! I bet you are an awesome activity day leader. That's why I love blogging too, It's like our Family Scrapbook/Journal. I'm looking into making it into a book. Anyway, for personal journaling I like www.ldsjournal.com

michellejohnnie said...

Fun idea and great quote. I love reading my old journals and laughing!!!

The Hershey Bryces said...

My 6 year old just gave our FHE lesson Monday night on Journals. I twas fun to see all my little kids all fired up about it! It's true, I was VERY good at it when I was single, but unfortunately not so much since I started having my 4 kids. Now I rely on scrapbooks ans blogging to get it done. Not always quite as personal, but at least it's something. Thanks for the reminder!


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