9 quotes from LDS Church leaders about the importance of keeping a journal

Published: Thursday, Feb. 21 2013 8:35 a.m. MST

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"When our children were very small, I started to write down a few things about what happened every day. ... I wrote down a few lines every day for years. I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. Before I would write, I would ponder this question: 'Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?' As I kept at it, something began to happen. As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done.

More than gratitude began to grow in my heart. Testimony grew. I became ever more certain that our Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers. I felt more gratitude for the softening and refining that come because of the Atonement of the Savior, Jesus Christ. And I grew more confident that the Holy Ghost can bring all things to our remembrance—even things we did not notice or pay attention to when they happened.

My point is to urge you to find ways to recognize and remember God’s kindness. It will build our testimonies. You may not keep a journal. You may not share whatever record you keep with those you love and serve. But you and they will be blessed as you remember what the Lord has done. You remember that song we sometimes sing: “Count your many blessings; name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.” (General Conference, Oct. 2007)

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30ish years later, "our" missionary and we found each other through our daughter. Her Mission President wanted the conversion stories from each missionary's first LDS ancestors.

From my own journal, our missionary found out how we had been prepared --- from his journal, we found out how he knew exactly what to say when I opened the door (even he found out why) -- and we all learned "the rest of the story".

Grants Pass, OR

What a wonderful reminder of why we should keep a journal. Writing releases inner thoughts and feelings and often our own words teach us truth we had not imagined.

Mount Pleasant, UT

It's difficult for me to read my scribbly handwriting due to a health issue but I do it anyway because as I get older my memory is not as sharp as it used to be and I can still read my notes. I have those daily reminders of what I felt, what I did and what I learned. It probably won't be as easy for others to read after I'm gone but hopefully it will bring goodness to their lives to read my thoughts, my experiences and my testimony.

Roy, UT

Just yesterday morning, up early, I turned to read Missionary accounts of spiritual experiences in the Japan West Mission...tears flowed as I remembered those days, 43 years ago, from accounts written by the Sisters and Elders who served there, and by our beloved President Kan Watanabe. I'm thinking to start putting together my own life history, using past journals and still remembered experiences...I highly recommend all to heed the words given in these quotations connected to this article. We may not now know how, but I believe the future will reveal the ways in which our experiences may be valuable to our families, possibly to others as well.

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