I have a love for keeping records of our lives through journaling. I wrote another post about my many notebooks HERE. Why do I love journaling? There are so many reasons, but one of them is when I go back and read them I just laugh. I have two of my school journals from 2nd and 4th grades, now those ones are hilarious. I started keeping a real journal when I turned twelve. Over the years I have looked back and found it sad that I didn’t write honestly. Our family went through a really hard time when I was 13 and just starting 7th grade. I think I wrote maybe a sentence about that time in my life, but it was written in a way that others wouldn’t really know what I was talking about. Only I would understand what it meant. That same year I also went through a rough experience personally and I did write more about that, but I did it in a joking way. I know those two things that happened in my life were really tough. I became the person I am today because of what I went through and I wish I could go back and see how I was feeling in the moment. I love this quote by Spencer W. Kimball about writing your experiences as they happen. “Your journal is your autobiography, so it should be kept carefully. You are unique and there are incidents in your experience that are more notable and praiseworthy in their way than those recorded in any other life. Your story should be written now while it’s fresh and while the true details are available.”

I recently received my mom’s journals dating from 1969 to 2004. There are close to 15 different journals and each one holds hundreds of memories. As her daughter it’s been a joy to learn in her own words the things that she went through good and bad. In one journal she wrote something that stood out to me so much. “Just outside these walls lie the world and all the problems of life. Sometimes I really wonder if my room is an escape from life, that’s usually where you’ll find me… I’m writing this, because I need some “thing” to turn to and let out my feelings that are locked inside me.” It’s so true. I tend to turn to my journal when I am going through something hard. I don’t always write all the hard things, but I just write. Writing for me, is an outlet that calms me.

Having the opportunity to read about my mom’s life has helped me in many ways. Whenever I have reread my own words I feel a comfort. Richard G. Scott said it better than I ever could. “Knowledge carefully recorded is knowledge available in the time of need. This practice enhances the likelihood of receiving further light.”

I have several different journals that serve different purposes for me. I have a normal everyday journal, a word a day journal, a planer, a poem journal (personal poems I have written), a favorite quotes journal, a church journal, a dream journal, and a temple journal. I don’t write in them each day, but usually I write in one of them every couple days. I hope that someday my own words will impact my own children and grandchildren—that my descendants can learn from my experiences. "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."-Benjamin Franklin