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.
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.
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
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".