Today in Sunday school, my teacher Brother Deller talked about the importance of keeping a journal. It's not only a good outlet for your crazy thoughts and feelings, but it is a wonderful way to record your life for future generations to see. He read a few entries from his mission journal, and then we talked about how he wouldn't remember nearly any of the things in his mission were it not for his journal.
We then discussed how the Book of Mormon is really just an ancient journal. It's the records of a people long forgotten, and this is our way of knowing what happened to them. They are crying from the dust, as the book says, and that is so amazing to me.
Another thing we brought up is the fact that many, many people may have the opportunity to read your journals. At first I thought it was silly, but then I remembered Anne Frank. She faithfully kept a journal, and now today, millions of people worldwide have read her story and have a better feel for how it was back then. It really is remarkable to think about, isn't it? I'm sure Anne never once thought about publishing her private thoughts and feelings, but I think the world is much better off knowing what was in her heart.
I love reading personal records. They are (usually) much more interesting than reading a fictional story, because you know these stories are REAL. They show just how indomitable the human spirit truly is. That's remarkable, no?
I just finished reading The Vow. First of all, that book is so, so inspiring. I could never imagine going through a trial that difficult, and I never would have known about it had the Carpenter family not decided to write about it. They recorded it, and now generations of people can be inspired by their story of love and faith. You really should read it.
Writing is such a healing thing, when you think about it. I've often not been able to sleep until I write down what's in my head- be it a blog post, a song, or a story I came up with for my own amusement. Writing is powerful. Writing is powerful because YOU and YOU ONLY are in control of what is said next. Wow! Who'd have thought? Keep a journal. Remember important things in your life. The way I've chosen to do that is through blogging. I probably wouldn't have written down much of anything that's happened over the past five years (I've had this blog HOW long??!) had I not had this lovely outlet. I like blogging more than traditional journaling because it's interactive! I love writing to my own little audience, and I feel it challenges me to be a more entertaining writer. So that is my story for today. I think I will write a separate post about school, so this post doesn't get awkwardly long. I've been known to do that, you know. (Shocking? Absolutely.)