At the recent BYU Women’s Conference, I had the opportunity to hear Sister Julie Beck, General Relief Society President, speak. She taught many wonderful principles among which was the suggestion that we spend at least some time in the scriptures every day. She encouraged us to not only read the scriptures, but to study them, and she suggested a way to get us started.
Sister Beck recommended that we get an inexpensive copy of the Book of Mormon and three colored pens or pencils. At the front of your book, write the following questions in their own color:
- Who am I?
- What are my responsibilities?
- How can I fulfill my responsibilities?
I’ve been amazed at what I’ve found in my short time putting this suggestion into practice. In 1Nephi verse 1, it reads “I make a record of my proceedings in my days,” and in verse 3 I read, “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.”
These scriptures, to my mind, answered the question “What are my responsibilities?” And they’ve inspired me to action.
Not only do these scriptures make me want to faithfully keep a journal, but they’ve also prompted me to consider the value of the commercial projects I am writing.
Mine, and yours, is the call to write. Perhaps because of our propensity to put thoughts to paper, we can, and should, keep wonderful journals that are steeped in the stories and remembrances of our family. One day, those words will be as precious as gold to our children.
But, the stories we write for public consumption will also stand as a testament of what we believed and valued in this life.
We have been called to write, so write what you will—just be sure your work can stand the test of time and will be something you can always feel proud to claim as your own.