As we are so often counseled, keeping a personal record is a directive given directly by God and something we are reminded of constantly by Church leaders. While journal writing has great value and meaning personally and for your posterity, the challenge is realizing the importance of your work today to so many others years from now.
Admittedly, it seems far-fetched to believe that anything you write today would have any historical significance beyond your family understanding more about you. But as this year has progressed, I've come to quickly realize that my journal keeping has a special significance to my testament about the Gospel to my family and potentially anyone that could read this record of my life.
As I read the article in the Church News, I couldn't help but wonder how many of the people recording these events would have any idea how valuable they are to us today. I've always argued that journal keeping is a habit that is learned and perfected. For most, it is a challenge to keep a journal and that is why we created LDSJournal.com. However, when I have an opportunity to read a pioneer's journal, or other historical records, I can't help but feel inspired to do a better job in my own journal keeping.
If you haven't taken the time to read this article, I highly recommend it. The article was first published in the Church News for the week ending November 29, 2008. You can also find it online by clicking the link below:
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Please let me know what you think of the article.