What You'll Need: set of scriptures, GAK 509/GAB 125: Wilford Woodruff, printed ABOUT ME book for each family member, scissors, stapler, coloring tools.
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Scripture: 1 Nephi 1:1,3 - Having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days. And I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.
Opening Song: Every Star Is Different - PCS #142
Even if we cannot enter the temple yet, we can begin working on family history by learning about our ancestors and loving them. One way we come to know those who are already dead is by reading their journals.
(Show picture of Wilford Woodruff)
Those journals help us know exactly what happened when the Pioneers were building the Salt Lake Temple and other important facts, but for Wilfred Woodruff he was simply writing what happened to him each day.
We can serve others and become a part of Family History by keeping our own journals and scrapbooks. Just as we enjoy finding out about our ancestors, our future families will want to learn about us, too.
What should we write in our journals?
(show print-out of 'Journals from the Past' - CLICK HERE to download)
On these pages you can see four journals that were kept more than 150 years ago by early pioneers. By looking carefully at them, you may get ideas of what you can write in your own journal.
Prophet Spencer W. Kimball said, “Your story should be written now while it is fresh and while the true details are available. …write [about] your goings and your comings, your deeper thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. Those who keep a personal journal are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives.”Thomas Bullock kept the official journal for the first group of pioneers who traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with Brigham Young in 1847. Brother Bullock made lists. He wrote the names of every person who traveled west with him. From this list we know exactly who was on that trek.
- What lists could you make in your journal? Maybe you could make a list of the children in your Primary class or a list of your favorite books.
Here is a picture of Luke Johnson’s journal. He also traveled with Brigham Young as the company doctor. In those days, a doctor had to make the medicines he used to help people get well. He wrote the recipes for his medicines in his journal.
- If you have a favorite food, you could copy the recipe in your journal.
Two ideas of what you could put in your journal come from Appleton Harmon’s journal. You can see that he put down the dates of when he wrote. That’s very important. Always put the date so you won’t have to wonder about when you wrote something. Appleton also sketched what he saw as he traveled west.
- In your journal, you could draw a picture of your family or of an event in your life such as a piano recital. You could also draw what you see when you look out your window.
Eliza R. Snow was the first secretary of the Relief Society. She wrote about what happened at meetings she attended in a special book. Because she did this, we know what happened at the very first Relief Society meeting. Sister Snow wrote poems in her personal journal, including the lyrics for 10 of the hymns in our hymnbook.
- When you want to remember a talk from sacrament meeting or a story you heard in Primary, you can write it in your journal. If you like to write poems, your journal is a good place to keep them.
(hold up a set of LDS Standard works)
- Who wrote these scriptures? (ancient Prophets)
- What did they write about? (their lives, history and the spiritual things which happened to them)
- What do these records remind you of? (personal journals)
The scriptures are really just journals of Ancient Prophets. Because they wrote about their lives and testimonies our lives our blessed.
Try to write in your journal as often as you can. Then when you grow up and have your own children, you can share some things from your journal so they can know what you were like when you were their age!
Bear your testimony about the blessings which come from writing a record of your life. If it's appropriate share a few meaningful passages with your children from your own journal.
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)
Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the JANUARY Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.
ACITIVITY: ALL ABOUT ME BOOK
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