I had the wonderful opportunity to help my sister drive up into the mountains last night and teach a scripture journaling class to her stake young women's organization. It was fun to spend so much time with my sister working on this project and thinking about some of the most important things to discuss. The stake camp director gave a wonderful introduction by talking about Bishop Davies conference address "A Sure Foundation". My sister then gave a wonderful overview and thoughts about scripture journals. I was able to then show some examples, most of which you have seen here, but there are a few things that I added that you might like.
The opening page of my main scripture journal is nearly over flowing with quotes about writing down the things our Heavenly Father tells us while we study. I found a few more quotes that I want to add just yesterday as I was preparing that I will have to add along the side and then perhaps start a new page. This is an important concept and one that I'm so thankful to have started in my life.
When I first started I created a quick method or idea page because I was certain to forget everything I was learning. I also started a comparison list between Christ and Satan. This is just something that is percolating in my mind, it's going to be something I'm just not sure what yet.
One thing I recently added was my patriarchal blessing (sorry for the blurred picture, but you understand). I converted my blessing into scripture format and although I initially balked at the thought of taking the time to type in my blessing, I am so thankful for the opportunity. I really enjoyed thinking about how my blessing would be formatted in verses and it gave the opportunity to view it in a different manner. I then started writing thoughts impressions things I have learned and questions I still have. It has been a wonderful exercise the I highly recommend.
A few quotes that I loved....
"Receive a patriarchal blessing. Study it carefully and regard it as personal scripture to you; for that is what it is. A patriarchal blessing is the inspired and prophetic statement of your life’s mission together with blessings, cautions, and admonitions as the patriarch may be prompted to give…. Receive your patriarchal blessing under the influence of fasting and prayer, and then read it regularly that you may know God’s will for you. "(Ezra Taft Benson, “To the ‘Youth of the Noble Birthright’,” Ensign, May 1986, 43-44)
"Your patriarchal blessing is yours and yours alone. It may be brief or lengthy, simple or profound. Length and language do not a patriarchal blessing make. It is the Spirit that conveys the true meaning. Your blessing is not to be folded neatly and tucked away. It is not to be framed or published. Rather, it is to be read. It is to be loved. It is to be followed. Your patriarchal blessing will see you through the darkest night. It will guide you through life’s dangers." (Thomas S. Monson, “Your Patriarchal Blessing: A Liahona of Light,” Ensign, November 1986, 66)
"A patriarchal blessing is a sacred guideline of counsel, promises, and information from the Lord. However, a person should not expect that the blessing will detail all that will happen to him or her or be an answer to all questions. The omission from the blessing of a great event in life such as a mission or marriage does not necessarily mean it will not happen." (James E. Faust, “Patriarchal Blessings,” New Era, November 1982, 4)
One of the things we stressed was just starting; your journal doesn't have to be elaborate like mine and I only share the examples to inspire not to overwhelm. Just start! Don't let a blank page intimidate you. This is my new conference journal and I haven't been able to start because I'm so concerned about messing up. See I bought a notebook that has some lovely heavy paper, it was a little more money and somehow it has paralyzed me for fear of ruining the book. I know it's ridciulous because I will make a mess, that is how I create and learn, but still that blank notebook is causing me a little anxiety.
Just start! Put the challenge to the test. You will be amazed at the things you learn about yourself and you will be eager to come back to the scriptures. You will look forward to your time in the word of God. A woman from my sister's stake talked briefly at the end about her experience keeping a scripture journal. It was simple and wonderful and the complete opposite of what I do. It is how she learns and she is able to receive the same promptings in her life as I am in mine.
So if you've been thinking about starting but haven't please give it a try. Start simple, but the key is to start. Find out what the Lord wants you to hear, see, and most importantly feel.
A VERY special thank you to Sande for letting me create this handout based on her post found here. Sande is so talented and a lovely friend. Her kindness and generosity are beyond description. Thank you Sande!