Dec 02 2011
TOPICS and CHAPTERS Scripture Journals
Here is what these are all about:
This is the title page of the CHAPTERS journal
- there is also a companion journal that is a TOPICS journal.
Here is how they are different…
When you are studying a certain chapter in the scriptures, or even a couple of scriptures that you really want to dig into, you use your CHAPTERS journal and you write the verses at the top of the page.
And then as you study you can fill in the provided boxes. They are meant to guide you and give you places to record a lot of information about what you are studying.
For example, there is a place where you can write down words that you want to look up. These don’t just have to be words you don’t know, they can be words that you do know, but just want more insight to.
There is also a place where you can record the various doctrines and principles you are pulling out of the verses. I love these boxes because it begins to put real meaning into the verses for you personally.
There is also a column to the right where you can link to other journals you have written about the same subject. That “2:4-5″ is written next to my comment on “pride”. And in my TOPICS journal, I have a page on “pride” on pages 4 and 5. Now they are linked and ready to find easily.
At the front of each journal you can give it a volume number to help you reference them.
Ok… back to the CHAPTERS page…
Then there is a box to write about the people themselves. This can be the people in the story, or the authors themselves. Then you can let their good or bad examples teach you.
You can write your own cross-references to what you are studying here. This is where you start making the scriptures all come together and connect.
This is one of the most important boxes. “Questions I Asked”. It is when we ask questions that we open ourselves up to receiving answers which will then take us to new levels in the scriptures. This box is meant to encourage you to ask questions that maybe you wouldn’t have considered asking. The questions can be about something the scripture says to personal questions… there are no rules.
The last box on the page is for insights from study guides and other things. You can put quotes here, scholarly information, etc.
Then the next page is open for all of your insights that you have. This is where you write your own commentary. And believe me, it gets easier the more you do this.
You can write your thoughts about individual verses, ways those verses impact you, your testimony of them, how you would like to improve your lives, what you want to teach your children about those verses, etc.
What helps me gain a lot of insight is I will write to my descendants. I record my thoughts and advice to those that I may never know, but yet will still be incredibly important to me. And when I think like this I start seeing all sorts of things I may not have noticed before.
When I want to really emphasize a principle, I write it larger, with a little color… you can get pretty creative on each page. Plus it makes it more fun.
I mean… can you imagine leaving your posterity a set of Scripture Study Journals like this? What an inheritance!
This is another page I have in my CHAPTERS journal. Here I was studying D&C 4.
I will be posting weekly ideas on my blog of different ways you can study. Then you can choose your favorite ways and run with them!
Now for the other journal… this one focuses on TOPICS.
These are meant to go hand-in-hand. The CHAPTERS journal is meant to help you study the scriptures in context, and the TOPICS journal is meant to help you study individual subjects. Each type of study is important, and they compliment and impact each other.
I named this journal “Volume Two”. Once I fill this up, my next one can be “Volume Three” and so forth.
As mentioned, I have a page on “Pride”, but whatever your topic, you just write it at the top.
Just below the topic is a place for you to write a definition for it. This is important, as it allows you to consider and then write a simple statement for that topic.
Then there is a place to record some of your favorite scriptures that teach you about this topic. Next to the scripture you can write what it teaches. You can see that sometimes I paraphrased it and sometimes I quoted it exactly.
Then below that box is a place to record some of your favorite quotes.
And you can have a lot of fun making things look cute… if you are into that.
Then at the bottom of the page is a place where you can link to other places in other journals you have also written on that topic.
Like in the CHAPTERS journal there is a page to write down your personal thoughts and insights. Here you can write your thoughts, testimony, personal experiences, insights, etc…
On this topic I decided to do something visual, so I made a “Pride Tree”.
There really is no limit of ways you can study and make learning really fun and insightful.
And like mentioned before, I will be posting weekly ideas like this to help you have lots of success in your journals!
Both journals come with a “Table of Contents” in the front so you can keep an organized record of what you are studying and find things really easily.
And both journals come with instructions in the front to help you understand how to use each type of box and how to keep things organized.
The journals come with several different colors and designs.
They are each 100 pages.
If any of you are thinking of giving these as gifts… I think it would be really great to give with a set of colored pens to write in them with.
Also… if any of you are wanting them for your church group, please email me with the group you are getting them for and the amount you would need and I will try and get you the best possible deal I can.