Journaling

October 06, 2021 04:58 PM MDT
Get your record-keeping wheels turning with these meaningful writing prompts—your mind and body will thank you.
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By  LDS Living
January 11, 2021 01:00 PM MST
Many of us hit reset on our study habits and set personal goals at the start of a new year. So why not refresh the way you record your thoughts with a unique new journal? Whether you're looking for a study tool to help with Come, Follow Me, a place to record your personal insights on gospel classics, or inspired prompts on the Sabbath or personal revelation, you're sure to find a journal hand-tailored to your stage of life.
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By  LDS Living
January 27, 2020 11:00 AM MST
If you want to improve your family gospel study:
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August 11, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
The value of preserving and sharing ancestral stories was recently verified by researchers who were trying to understand why some people, including children, are better able than others to cope with serious, even disabling stress and trauma. One study found that “the more children knew about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, [and] the higher their self-esteem.” This factor was indeed “the best single predictor of children’s emotional health and happiness.” Those with “the most self-confidence” had what one researcher called “a strong ‘intergenerational self.’ They know they belong to something bigger than themselves" (Bruce Feiler, “The Stories That Bind Us,” The New York Times, March 15, 2013).
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March 03, 2018 01:18 PM MST
Wilford Woodruff had so many accidents he came to believe he was a "marked man." The Prophet Joseph Smith once said, "Remember, brethren, that time and chance happen to all men." There are in this world real accidents. A full-scale determinist would say they are inevitable, but sometimes we can correctly say, No, it's just the way things happen.
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January 05, 2018 07:24 PM MST
If you haven't jumped on the bullet journal bandwagon yet, you may want to watch this tutorial first.
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August 02, 2017 01:00 PM MDT
When the Church released the Christmas video "A Savior is Born" in December 2015, LDS teen Annie Weight noticed it repeated the word "rejoice" several times. She was touched by its hopeful message and felt inspired to live a more positive lifestyle. "Throughout the Christmas season and the beginning of the new year, I thought a lot about joy, what it meant to others, and what it meant to me," said Weight. "After a lot of thought, I decided that I wanted to be happier with my life and I decided to start keeping a list of all the things in my life that made me happy."
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July 21, 2017 11:00 AM MDT
Nearly 70,000 Latter-day Saints traversed over 1,000 miles to arrive in a desert land far away from loved ones and civilization, but of those faithful pioneers, only about 3,000 came by handcart. Here are some unique and inspiring stories straight from their journals.
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July 01, 2017 04:07 AM MDT
The following is adapted from Receiving Personal Revelation: Using a Journal to Improve Your Communication with Godby Larry Tippetts.
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May 25, 2017 09:34 AM MDT
Every Latter-day Saint absolutely needs daily personal revelation to stay steadfast on the path of discipleship. Our spiritual survival depends on it. Personal revelation need not be dramatic or life-changing. It simply needs to be consistent. Some of the most helpful revelations are overlooked because of their frequency and simplicity. A college student shared this entry from her personal journal following a class discussion on personal revelation:
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May 20, 2017 02:41 PM MDT
Keeping a journal is important at every stage of life, but during the intense and transformative period of an LDS mission, missionaries have hundreds of powerful experiences, learn countless vital life-lessons, and make more new friendships than they ever thought possible. With all of this crammed into the span of 18 months or two years, it’s even more necessary than at any other time of life to keep track of all the details that will be so treasured for years to come.
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May 15, 2017 11:12 AM MDT
Shortly after my husband and I moved into a new ward, I had a prompting that I should ask one of the ladies in the ward if she would like me to type up her memoir/journal/whatever-you-call-it. She had somewhat severe arthritis so it wasn’t totally unjustified, but still, I thought, “That is a ‘beyond-the-boundaries question.” (Seriously . . . if someone asked me that, I would be a bit concerned—especially if it was someone I didn’t know very well.)
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By  LDS Living
January 24, 2017 04:09 PM MST
As members of the Church, we are pretty much the experts when it comes to journals.
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January 12, 2017 10:00 PM MST
Family councils are necessary today to help the family unit achieve individual and family goals, combat the evil influences in the world, and understand accountability to one another and to God. In many ways, these councils are how God accomplishes His work on Earth.
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Fun
January 09, 2017 10:15 PM MST
This year you've made it a goal to write about your faith—maybe you have a religious blog, maybe you’re keeping a journal, or maybe it’s something else entirely. If you're struggling with what to write about and want to keep it faith-focused, start with these 100 ideas!
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October 27, 2016 11:51 AM MDT
In his book Faith Rewarded, President Monson shared this touching memory from the groundbreaking of the historic Freiberg Germany Temple, which was the first temple built in a communist-ruled country. As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, President Monson was assigned to the German Democratic Republic, also known as East Germany, to oversee the work of the Church there.
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By  Amy Veloz
July 01, 2016 07:45 PM MDT
Every journaler has their own reasons for how they journal, why the journal, and the way they keep their journal the way they do. To be honest, I didn’t start keeping a traditional journal until I started working for JRNL.com. I journaled in other, more non-traditional, ways: Facebook, writing a column for my father’s newspaper, and blogging, but I didn’t keep a true journal.
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May 11, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
Nancy had felt tired and run down for weeks. As she was writing in her journal one evening, she had a thought: “Is there any pattern to how often I feel this way?”
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March 24, 2016 09:11 AM MDT
As we have been learning about President Howard W. Hunter this year in Priesthood and Relief Society, we have mostly gotten to know about him as an adult—a leader of the Church with profound ideas and a strong testimony. But what was he like as a child? The journal he left as a 10-year-old gives some fun, unique insights into the boy who became a prophet. Here are just a few:
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February 15, 2016 07:52 PM MST
This post reminded me of an experience President Eyringshared:
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December 08, 2015 04:59 PM MST
A mission is a great time of your life to learn who you are and become the best version of yourself. Don't miss these opportunities, like so many missionaries have before you!
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Fun
November 23, 2015 02:46 PM MST
MR says: How many of you returned missionaries can relate to these amazing drawings and comics of what mission life is really like?
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November 13, 2015 10:05 PM MST
There are many good things Mormons have been encouraged to participate in—from youth programs and service activities to food storage and firesides. One of the activities we’ve been counseled to do is to keep a journal. President Spencer W. Kimball said, “We urge every person in the Church to keep a diary or a journal from youth up, all through his [or her] life. Would every family...train their children from young childhood to keep a journal of the important activities of their lives, and certainly when they begin to leave home for schooling and missions?” (Spencer W. Kimball “The Foundations of Righteousness,” October 1977 general conference.)
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October 02, 2015 09:00 AM MDT
Las Vegas, Nev. – JRNL Inc., which acquired LDSJournal a year ago, has a new private journaling application designed for both Web and Mobile use. The website, which received funding by VC group Varkain Capital earlier this year, launched in beta to the public, Monday, September 28, 2015. The Web App can be found at JRNL.com. The iOS mobile app is still in its testing phase and will be available to the public by the end of the year.
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March 20, 2015 07:57 PM MDT
For the past few weeks I’ve been re-reading all my journals from my whole life. To be honest, this has been a little bit excruciating. Even reading it in the privacy of my bedroom, there have been moments when I’m so embarrassed by me. The insecurity! The Angst! The limited perspective! The immaturity, obliviousness, naivety, uncaged zeal and enthusiasm! Words, sprawled across pages year after year, describing my endless struggle to figure out how to change the things that were wrong with me, overcome my shortcomings, and deal with the trials in my life, leaped off the pages and refreshed anew those feelings. It seemed like decades passed, but no matter how aware I was, I just never figured out how to change.
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June 06, 2014 03:05 PM MDT
How can you get the most out of doing your personal family history? Some people may may struggle with their personal family history because they don’t know what to write about in their journals or they feel they have too many pictures to scrapbook. However, you may be surprised to learn that not only is keeping track of your personal family history important for posterity (and yourself), but doing so can be easy and fun as well. Here are 9 tips that will help you get the most out of your personal family history, and help you to enjoy doing it.
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April 28, 2014 06:31 PM MDT
“Those who do keep journals will define themselves – for good or ill.” So you may think the corollary isn’t as wildly profound as the original quote. Possibly, but let me explain. I won’t waste your time, and you just might thank me later…
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April 14, 2014 04:19 PM MDT
Tuesday, July 16, 2002
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January 17, 2012 04:27 PM MST
In my chosen hobby, good sources are a valuable treasure. In that regard I have been fortunate. While researching Tennessee LDS history, I have run across several really good missionary journals. But I have also run across several abysmal ones. They have been so bad, that I have reflected on my missionary journal and just how much better I could have made it. I wish I had been given some examples of what good journal writing was before I ever started my mission. I can't go back and do it over. Anything I write today would be a recollection, not a journal. It isn't the same.
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