Yesterday's letter is the reason I started with the carpenter's son entry of my Names of Christ scripture journal. The thoughts and feelings kept coming over and over again until I put them on paper. I knew that the Lord was trying to teach me. He wanted me to know how much He loves Joseph and trusted him with His Only Begotten Son. He wanted to witness to me again how much He loves each of His children, no matter where they live or what their circumstances are.
I hope you understand that I'm not trying to be a master scholar through this study. I have no aspriations to be a theologian or to have anyone look to me for any answers. I'm on a simple journey of discovery. I creates visual aid to help me remember and rather than having them sit on my hard drive I post them here.
This is some of what I wrote in this "THOUGHTS" section:
"The name the "carpenter's son" is all about the importance people put on status, not just in the world, but within the church as well. We idolize our actors, athletes and how often do we place status and value on a bishop, stake president, relief society president? How often do you hear, "I'm just in the nursery."
Often people are more concerned with what they think the Messiah should look like or be from and reject Him when He is not. We do the same thing today with those who lead or teach us. We reject them because of where they were born, their education and profession and sadly because of the things they teach. President Packer is a prime example of this rejection today in our time.
Christ's lowly birth and earthly parentage/profession not only helped in His growth as a man and our Savior, but it was another sign to the believers of His divinity. I also can't help but wonder if because he grew up in obscurity for a time so that He could be taught, strengthened, and prepared for the mission that was before Him."
I get bored of always writing and the "sameness" (making up words) of what I do so I created these little interactive quote elements. They are small and packed with wonderful things to think about. The photos are from lds.org. A little washi tape just because. The title was done with some old rubons, a great way to use my old supplies.
I printed off my letter with the beautiful painting by Georges de la Tour and included that as well because it's so lovely.
As you can see I still have empty space to write or whatever depending any further knowledge. I love this journal for that reason, I will never be done. It's all about the journey.
The quotes were formated to fit some buisness card paper that I had in my supplies drawer. If you are using the perferated business card paper (I used an Avery brand template), be cautious how you tear your quotes appart, the example above shows you where the seam is with the quotes. I have included a set with and without guides in case you want to just print them out on plain paper/cardstock and cut them out. I have also included a single sheet with the quotes in a little larger text, no special formating.
I am also including the jpg images in case there is some discrepency with the business card paper and the pdf.
Download Akimball_carpenter's_son (zipped jpg)
Links to the talks I referenced: