My scripture journal has become one of my most cherished journals and I am always excited to spend time with the Lord as I study.
I started it in 2012 (see this post) and have had a few variations and different notebooks as I have tried to work out my system. You can see all the posts and progress using this link: scriptures (journals and more). It was fun to see the different downloads and how my system has evolved over the last 5 years. I currently only keep two journals: main and Book of Mormon. I have consolidated and that could change again in the future, but for right now I like having the conference journal mixed in with everything else. You can see all the conference journal links at the end of this post: here.
In the past, I have sketchnoted and written down many of the quotes and ideas that I wanted to remember and then included some typed or handwritten thoughts and impressions, the reasons why I studied this particular topic or talk. I included art that was meaningful and it was visually appealing and I learned a great deal. However, I spent so much time sometimes rewriting entire talks because I wanted to include the quote I was referencing and I don't have time for that. One day while I was thinking about how to make this easier, the quiet whispering of the Spirit reminded me that I could use the same format or idea as my Book of Mormon journal. I could cut out portions of the printed talk, adhere them to my journal. It's not a novel concept for some reason it resonated in a new way for me.
So I now print a talk off on a sheet of paper (or label paper) in two or three columns and adhere the text onto the pages leaving me room to write and thoughts and feelings.
Here is an example of one of a talk I am currently studying: Covenant Keepers from Wendy Watson Nelson. Download Covenantkeepers_nelson
Another option is to buy two copies of the conference Ensign issues and cut them apart; this might be the most economical approach for the next 6 months.
Then I start studying and it becomes a mess of this and that as I get off on tangents and other scriptures. It's chaos and it's wonderful! This particular talk by Sheri Dew titled "Will You Engage in the Wrestle?" has become a friend. That sounds crazy I know, but I learned so much in ways and about things I didn't anticipate. I love the unexpected things that I have learned and once again I have found added comfort and peace in the word of God.
I usually add post it notes when I run out of room or glue in another sheet of lined paper for more thoughts. I have found answers to questions I didn't know I was seeking and solutions to situations I have been searching for as I spend meaningful time communicating with God.
A few more shots of where I am working right now. I probably have 3 or 4 talks I am studying, the 89th section of the Doctrine and Covenants and then a random collection of scriptures on self-mastery that have been interesting in their direction and flow. I never know where I am going to start my studying each day or end up. I am still working through my patriarchal blessing (templates found in this post) which has lead me to D&C 89 which has moved me to yet another area. Studying and compiling everything on the computer would probably be easier chronologically, but this crazy mess works for me.
In the top photos, I needed a little more room to write some final thoughts so I included a card with a painting of my uncle and aunt that my cousin painted. I think there should be beauty along with the function.
I have started adding a pretty title page to help keep things organized and because they are pretty. The "Daughters of God" was a Relief Society lesson that I felt really strongly I needed to study a little more. I even included the questions, but I haven't gotten around to answering them yet. The sweet photo of the little girl praying is Samantha when she was about 3, so adding photos (just printed on plain copy paper) has been a fun addition that I will add here and there. You can download this formatted lesson here: Download DaughtersOfGod_Hinckley
For organizational purposes, I also add washi tape to the edges of the different talks/sections/themes. It started out with a random color selection, but I think I might color code it using the same scripture marking colors just to help me find things easier. You can see my code here. Once again my Moleskine journal is packed and overflowing, but the binding is holding up to the added pages and weight. It's a workhorse.
What ideas and practices have been working for you? How can I help make your lives easier? Is there something you have been hoping to use but haven't found what you are looking for?
I love the scriptures. I love the words of the prophets and disciples. I love my time with the Lord and if I can help you love your time with Him it would be an honor. For He is the source of all peace and comfort.