Captain’s Log – Stardate: 92349.06

Family Home Evening:
Stardate: 92349.06
Location: Planet Earth
Principle: Record Keeping
Topic: Why keep a journal?
2 nephi 25 23 & 26
We talked about journals, diaries, captains’ logs, weBLOGS, book of remembrance, scrapbooks… forms of record keeping.

Jimmy has an awesome collection of personal journals from age 16. He still keeps a journal and is such a good example to me. He has been able to refer to his journals to remember blessings given or life lessons learned.

As a little girl, my parents/siblings helped me “write” in my journal before I could actually write. I wrote a few times a year … on Sundays … in my journal as an elementary school girl. I wrote a lot about boys in jr. high. I used to write in my journal almost every night as a teen & college student. It was a good way to sort out feelings… remember blessings, express gratitude (mostly… ok, occasional gripe moments included as well), bounce back from hard days… cry it out on paper, share exciting dates or activities. I don’t do as well now on a very personal ‘feelings’ journal, but I’m hoping our blog will count as a bit of a family journal that expresses my testimony to my family. “For we labor diligently to write … to persuade our children … to believe in Christ.”
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The Savior emphasized the importance of keeping records:
‘And it came to pass that Jesus commanded that it should be written; therefore it was written according as he commanded’ (3 Ne. 23:6–13). One of the most valuable records is the one you keep of your own life…We urge our young people to begin today to write and keep records of all the important things in their own lives and also the lives of their descendants in the event that their parents should fail to record all the important incidents in their own lives. Your own private journal should record the way you face up to challenges that beset you.” President Spencer W. Kimball, New Era, Oct. 1975

The courageous experiences of the pioneers would be lost if not recorded in journals. Someday you may have the opportunity to go on a pioneer trek and experience for yourself some of the hardships the pioneers faced. By reading their journal stories we can learn of both the emotional struggles and physical hardships that can help us face our own trials.

“I will not try to describe how we traveled through storms of snow wind and rain, how roads had to be made, bridges built, and rafts constructed; how our poor animals had to drag on day after day with scanty food; how our camps suffered from poverty, sickness and death,” wrote Bathsheba of the Iowa trek. “… The Lord was with us, and his power was made manifest daily in our journey.” Bathsheba W. Smith, Autobiography

“What could you do better for your children and your children’s children than to record the story of your life, your triumphs over adversity, your recovery after a fall, your progress when all seemed black, your rejoicing when you had finally achieved? Some of what you write may be humdrum dates and places, but there will also be rich passages that will be quoted by your posterity.” Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Dec. 1980

Turn the hearts of the children to the fathers and the fathers to children.
“I am sure you will never turn your own children’s hearts more to you than you will by keeping a journal and writing your personal history. They will ultimately love to find out about your successes and your failures and your peculiarities. It will tell them a lot about themselves, too. They will get a great desire to raise a family of their own when they see what a great blessing they were to you.” Hartman Rector Jr., Ensign, May 1981

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