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I have been preparing and thinking about a little class I am going to teach today about scripture study. I prepared a consolidated handout about scripture journaling. I have primarily referenced Shannon over at www.theredheadedhostess.com, but I have pulled from the many ideas and thoughts that I have read over the years from other faithful sister scriptorians. It has been a great pleasure to intently focus once again on something that has become so meaningful in my life. It has allowed me to think about what I have tried, what works for me and what doesn't.
There is no wrong way to study your scriptures. As long as you are feasting you are good. Love this story about President Packer's scriptures.
"My Book of Mormon also has many notes in the margins and is heavily underlined. I was in Florida once with President Hinckley. He turned from the pulpit and asked for a copy of the scriptures. I handed him my copy. He thumbed through it for a few seconds, turned and handed it back, saying, “I can’t read this. You have got everything crossed out!”" (President Boyd K. Packer, "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ", Ensign, Octover 2001)
I have always love the way Elder Bednar talks about how he studies and the evolution of his learning. Here is a short clip you might enjoy.
As I was preparing or searching for my favorite quotes on scripture study I decided it was impossible. There are so many wonderful and inspiring words from our leaders about the importance of studying the scriptures.
"When we invite the Holy Ghost to fill our minds with light and knowledge, He “quickens” us, that is to say, enlightens and enlivens the inner man or woman. As a result we notice a measurable difference in our soul. We feel strengthened, filled with peace and joy. We possess spiritual energy and enthusiasm, both of which enhance our natural abilities. We can accomplish more than we otherwise could do on our own. We yearn to become a holier person." (Keith K. Hilbig, "Quench Not the Spirit Which Quickens the Inner Man", General Conference, Oct. 2007)
This quote doesn't really have to do with scripture study (so I didn't include it in the handouts), but it does.... let me explain. When I was a very young mother, going to school and trying to manage all that life required, I found that it was impossible to get everything done that was needed. I attended a church meeting, I don't remember the speaker, I don't remember the context of the meeting. The person only testified that if I would read my scriptures first thing before I did anything else, I would be able to do all that was required of me. I remember thinking that this would never happen, my
"to do" list was a mile long and getting longer each day, but I decided to give it a try.
The following day, I got up and studied. I went about my day and by two o'clock in the afternoon the "to do" list was completed. I was so exhausted from getting everything done I was ready for the day to end. I can't tell you how many times I have put this experiment to the test and every time it works. It is a beautiful promise.
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For more information about scripture journals, you can go to the category or I have provided a few links here:
A few more generic sketch outlines. They are starting to look the scrapbooking sketches. Not sure how I feel about that. Perhaps it was inevitable.
I decided to spend some time working with the outlines and have really enjoyed the ease of not having to think about the design. I definitely have my favorites that I'm sure I will use over and over again. Next week I will start posting the conference specific sketches. I will have a generic alternative as well.
Download Akimball_GC_sketchnote2 (zipped jpgs)
Trying something new this round of General Conference notes. (Here are a few past links if you are new to the site: one, two, three.) After answering hundreds of emails about skethnoting and my system, I've come to a few conclusions:
1. A blank page is intimidating, no matter who you are.
2. A blank notebook is even more intimidating.
3. There isn't enough time in the day to create and do all that you want to do.
4. Having a plan can make all the difference.
5. If I am going to spend my time providing a digital download, I would love for it to be something that can be meaningful as well as useful.
I don't know how I will end up binding the sketchnotes when I am done, but I am excited to work with a new format. I am using these sketchnote outlines specifically for my General Conference notes right now, but they could be used in so many ways: homework notes, gratitude lists, journaling, etc.
I have kept them basic for you to use in whatever way you would like. I have left all the notes generic, but I am planning on creating some that are talk specific so if you are interested in those let me know and I can provide a download.
"We all know how hard it is to remember every message of general conference, and I’m confident that we need not be embarrassed if we don’t remember everything. Nevertheless, there are messages in each general conference given as a gift and a blessing from heaven specifically for our personal life situations." (President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "General Conference—No Ordinary Blessing", Liahona, September 2011)
Download Akimball_GC_ sketchnotes1 (zipped jpgs)
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I have an idea file with hundreds of outline possibilities. This is going to be a fun project!
One of my favorite times of the year is about to happen: General Conference. The General Women's Meeting was fantastic. So many beautiful words. A quick little download to share my excitement. I have only featured the color version, but there are doodle outlines in the download.
It has been so busy since Whitney got home that I have let a few things slide, the blog and returning emails being a couple. My to do list is overflowing, but I am choosing to ignore it for a little while longer while I enjoy this precious time with my family. I am nearly caught up with the laundry so I'm feeling like I haven't been too much of a slacker, but as her life is getting back into the normal swing of things, mine is also settling back into it's normal routine.
I have used this sign a couple of times in a post (here) and in a printable (here), but I didn't realize until I was trying to get organized today that I had never offered it as a download. I hope you enjoy.
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A while back I scanned a few of my doodles and I've posted several here and there. (I think I have linked most in the sketchbook category.) Looking through the posts today made me realize how much I have enjoyed this goal of improving my drawing skills. I don't think I have improved very much, but the process has been rewarding and I need to get back to drawing something every day. I got side tracked trying to learn calligraphy, it's going to be a long time before I master any of these goals, but I am enjoying learning.
One thing I didn't anticipate when I scanned and posted this one page was how I much I would use the individual doodles here on the blog. The cute little truck was part of this post, and the sign I used in this post and then again in this download. I loved the wedding feet on the heart, but I haven't been motivated to clean up the scan until now.
I was looking for a quick card idea to add to a few wedding presents and I decided to get the drawing to print. The download is a 4x6 inch size, but you could certainly make the jpg small if you would like. I printed off a few and let Loaf help me color the heart for a personalized card.
" John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire"
I have been thinking about that a great deal this week. A simple illustration to go along with my thoughts.