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Friday, August 21, 2009

Why Write It?

A few months ago I sent an e-mail to all my kids about the importance of writing in our journals. I had seen a small video on the LDS home page with President Eyring talking. It was so good that I sent the text from the video to everyone. The following is the what he said about it:

Oh, Remember, Remember. By President Henry B. Eyring
When our children were very small, I started to write down a few things about what happened every day. I wrote down a few lines every day for years. I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. Before I would write I would ponder this question, “Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us?”
As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done.
You might pray and ponder, asking the question: “Did God send a message that was just for me?" Did I see His hand in my life?”

Today I got this e-mail with this article in it. I found the following to be very interesting and I am going to go read the whole article later.

Brad Wilcox, “Why Write It?” Ensign, September 1999 page 56
Helen Keller, who was both blind and deaf, once said: “I don’t want to live in a hand-me-down world of others’ experiences. I want to write about me, my discoveries, my fears, my feelings, about me.”
Often, simply by writing about ourselves we begin to see life from a new perspective. A young woman once put it this way: “My journal gives me a chance to discover things about myself I didn’t even know were there. As I write, I can figure out who I really am.”

I love that. I have been trying to write in my journal, but I am also finding that writing on my blog helps me a lot. It also lets me tell my loved ones how I feel and let them have a glimpse of the me they might not know is in there.

Doug and I took Sydney school shopping and out to lunch. She was so much fun. We had to go to the car repair shop because of the accident we were in a few weeks ago. Syd asked if she could go in with Grandpa. When they came back out she said that was like a doctors office for cars. Doug asked why she thought that and she said because they had fish tanks....
The mind of a child is so amazing.


  1. Syd is so funny! You're right. The mind of a child...! I am trying to be better about writing in my journal when you told me about that article. I'm better but still needs work. That Helen Keller quote...AMAZING!

  2. You are a wise woman - It does help me to write down my thoughts, not only does it help me figure out my problems, it helps me discover who I am. Helen Keller is one of my favorite people. I try to always have a quote from her somewhere around me, one is on my blog now. You've inspired me to be more diligent bout writing in my journal! Wonderful article from Pres. Eyring, thanks for sharing.