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by Dana Cockrum of "Noggins and Nonsense" / ga05282011

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Why Scripture Journal?

Elder Richard G. Scott: “We often leave the most precious personal direction of the Spirit unheard because we do not record and respond to the first promptings that come to us when the Lord chooses to direct us.”

President Spencer W. Kimball:Get a notebook, my young folks, a journal that will last through all time, and maybe the angels may quote from it for eternity.”

Elder Gene R. Cook: “I’ve found, as I’m sure you have, that when you’re trying to learn from the Lord and you feel an impression from the Spirit, it’s important to make a note so it will not be forgotten. The more you not only hear but abide by what you’ve been told, the more the Lord will give to you. It will come more and more rapidly and you will begin to hear and feel those impressions of the Spirit more quickly than you have previously done.”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell: “The prompting that goes unresponded to may not be repeated. Writing down what we have been prompted with is vital. A special thought can be lost later in the day through the rough and tumble of life. God should not, and may not, choose to repeat the prompting if we assign what is given such a low priority as to put it aside.”

Years ago,  I started a Scripture Journal. I purchased one online and realized a few things right away; the way it was organized (alphabetically) and the ability to add pages worked exactly as I had hoped.  But I was hindered by the size; which was smaller than typical printer-sized paper.  This made adding Conference talks and other printouts a challenge. I soon saw new value in a typical  3-ring binder and then we moved. My scripture journal lay in a box for months.

A couple of months ago, I was led here:  The Red Headed Hostess.  Shannon has such wonderful ideas like labeling pictures, finding doctrines and principals, topic blitz and many more.  I owe a huge “THANKS” to her for inspiring me and getting me excited about my Scripture Journal again.  I wanted to try some of her tips and suggestions, but I have one major problem:

I am a perfectionist! My handwriting isn’t always nice. I know me; I would want to rip out pages and redo them until they looked the way I wanted.  I would want to go back and add something else but I wouldn’t have room.  My underlining wouldn’t be straight.  Something wouldn’t be perfectly centered… and… and… and… so I made some journal pages to enable me to move beyond my perfectionist ways.

There is only one place to find “Strength Beyond Our Own” and that is in the Word of God.

If you are looking for ways to become more engaged and excited about your scripture study, you might try Scripture Journaling and be sure and visit The Red Headed Hostess for additional ideas."

Comments (12)
  • Brenda

    Aiin is so beautiful! Congratulations and thanks for share with us!

  • Stacie

    I love this! What a wonderful idea. My missionary son was just asking for advice to help him improve his scripture study time. I love your pages! When I downloaded, though, there seemed to be a bit of a problem with the files. Some of the text seemed to not come through correctly. Is it just me? :sigh:

  • dana cockrum

    Hi Stacy, Sometimes pdf readers don't show the full detail in the preview of the page. I would suggest printing one to see. Hope that helps. :)

  • Kendralu  - i am having the same problem

    when i download the files, everything that is in one of the prettier fonts shows up at like, black and gray squares, or doesn't show up at all. and i tried printing it anyway? it prints exactly how it looks on the computer screen? help! i LOVE your ideas and i actually want to share them with my missionary friends, but they can't get online themselves! I don't know how to fix it!

  • dana cockrum

    I thought I'd add some info that came from questions on facebook for future reference.

    Regarding the Tabs and Table of Contents: I used the Topical Guide in the back of the Bible and also things that came to mind that I wanted to study or should study sometime in the future.

    The alphabet tabs are made by Avery (found them at Wmart) and they have a template for MSWord online that you can use to make it look nice.

    Being a perfectionist and all, I couldn't leave "x" blank so I have X-altation and X-tra Papers for that tab. ;)

    As far as the fonts go, I used fonts from Lettering Delights - LD String Bean and LD Announcement - both of which are free when you sign up at lettering delights.

    I hope this answers some of your questions. ;-)

  • Florine

    Hi! A friend and I found this and we totally loved this! In fact we translated this in french so we could use this for a lesson this morning, it was way useful! Thank you for putting this together! If you think it could be useful for others I would love sending it to you, so just email me if you're interested! florine(dot)demagny(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Cheryl

    I have just made one modeled after yours. I am loving it! Thank you so much for this idea.

  • Val

    Thank you so much! I've had an idea like this, but I couldn't get a plan in action... this is totally perfect!

  • Casey

    Hi, I love your post, I was doing the same exact thing for years but grew tired of the big binder. I wanted to be able to take notes at church and different meetings but it was just to bulky to take around. In my search I finally came across a journal that was created exactly for what I have been looking for. The name is personal ponderings, I bought the Scripture Journal and have absolutely loved it ever since. Make sure to watch the video on how it works.

  • Norinne

    I've been inspired about this new adventure of scripture journal. I have been wanting to print out the pages from here but couldn't. Help...:)

  • Marrianne  - Scripture page collections

    These are great journal pages. I used them as I began exploring the new topics for YW and YM curriculum for 2013. They were perfect for keeping all my notes and impressions. I'm thinking of using these with my YW this year.

  • Emily  - Thank you!

    :woohoo: I am thrilled that you have pdfs about the journals started here. Thank you so, so much. This page has really helped with organizing my journal more acurately, my system was getting messy. This gave me some new ideas! Thanks!!! :)

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