May 28, 2011

Scripture Journaling

IMG_1858(Scripture Journal Table of Contents)

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.

Scripture Journal Ideas Scripture Journal Page Collection

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.

Update:  Scripture Journal Pages with Wider Lines (great for kids) are here.

Note: My daughter is working on Scripture Journal Pages for The Young Woman Values.  If you are interested, check back in a few weeks and I’ll include the link here.

Dana is the mother of 3 awesome children.  Her oldest is graduated from homeschool and has just finished his latest semester of college with a 4.0 GPA (proud mom moment) and is working on his mission papers (another proud mom moment).  Her younger two are growing like weeds and trying new things.  Dana has been happily married for over 20 years now and has decided to bring some more excitement into their lives by raising chickens.  You can read their chicken diaries and more at Noggins and Nonsense.

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Chocolate on my Cranium said...

I, too, have been inspired by Shannon's (The Red Headed Hostess) great ideas! I started my own scripture journal and am a perfectionist too - and do not like my handwriting but have gotten over it because one of the things I absolutely love about reading my ancestors journals is reading it in their handwriting. I realized, maybe, just maybe, my own posterity would like to read mine too. So I force myself to write in it. ☺

Dana ♥ said...

I absolutely agree. Someday those I love will find my imperfect handwriting precious. :)

JRoberts said...

Thank you for the downloads. I have been thinking about having a journal for a couple months now and just haven't gotten around to organizing one. (to be honest, I didn't know where to start...I am a person who needs an orginizational place to start)

I am so excited to get one of these started. (I smell a FHE coming on...:D)

shauna said...

I love these pages. I really really needed a jumpstart on delving into my scriptures again so I thank you for the work you did in making these and sharing them with us!

Susi said...

I love this! Thank you so much!

Dana ♥ said...

Thank you for your comments ladies! If you are a perfectionist like me, I think you'll really appreciate the structure the pages can give you. :) This has really helped me to become engaged in my scripture study and I'm so excited about it!

Jill said...

Thank you! I suffer from perfectionism too. This is exactly what I thought about doing too, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it cause it wouldn't be perfect.

apentrev said...

Great idea...did u just buy a table of contents with alpha tabs? And how did u decide on topics...did u just add a topic when u came across something that made an impression on u....any extra info on how to start would b great..thank u!!!!

Dana ♥ said...

Hi Apentrev,
To answer your questions:

Yes, I used Avery Alphabet Tabs. You can download the template at

Regarding topics, I used the topical guide in the back of the Bible and also things that came to mind that I knew I wanted or should study sometime in the future.

For the "X" tab I put X-altation and X-tra Pages :)

Dana ♥ said...

If you would like to use the template and like the cute fonts I used. Go to Lettering Delights and sign up. The fonts are included in a free gift for signing up. They are LD String Bean and LD Announcement.

shauna said...

Dana...just letting you know that the perfectionist in me DOES love these pages. (And having them on the computer so if I hate my handwriting on one I can print off a new sheet and start again!) Thanks again. I was so inspired by this journal that I started journalling scriptures with my daughters in the morning too. They are super excited about it. Thanks again.

qbkids said...

I love these and am so excited to start my very first scripture journal. Once I get going and get things figured out I am planning on helping my boys get started! Thanks for all of your help and insight!

Anonymous said...

Just as an fyi update, lettering delights does not include the fonts you mentioned in their free fonts for signing up for their newsletter. They are different fonts now.

Lyric said...

Hi There!! Thank you so much for this great idea. I think it will be perfect for my girls. I'm homeschooling for the first time in a month or so, and I really wanted to find a good way to study scriptures. I'm thinking this is perfect!

Question . . . I'm copying your tabs (I hope you don't mind). I was wondering what you have for W, X, Y and Z. Any info is great! Thanks so much!!

Dana ♥ said...

Hi Lyric

for W = Wisdom, Worship, WOW (Word of Wisdom), Womanhood

For X = X-altation and X-tra Pages

For Y = Yoke, Youth

For Z = Zion

For my daughters, we added in the YW values. I hope this helps! :)

Nicole said...

Do you happen to have a file of your table of contents? It would probably be the kick in the pants I need to actually do this. ;-)

Dana ♥ said...

If you would like a copy of the table of contents email me at danawardcockrum(at)gmail(dot)com. Put "SJ table of contents" in the subject line. Thanks.

Jamie said...

How did you make these awesome templates? I'd like to personalize some for my journal but I don't know where to start. Thank you for this post by the way. I have a journal already but it is spiral bound so nothing is grouped together. I love all your ideas and am finally excited to sit down for study each day!

TK said...

I just found this and I am so grateful. I have been trying and looking for a way to journal my spiritual study but I have the same compulsion issues you described- I knew I would spend too much time re-doing to hit perfection then actually recording. I'd almost concluded to just do it on my iPad, even though I wanted it more personal than that. Thank you, thank you, thank you- and I'm so grateful you give The Rd Headed Hostess credit as now I can discover her too.