Scripture Journal Tips… Labeling Pictures

This is one of my favorite things to do in my scripture journal

Labeling Pictures

Because if there is one thing that the world needs to know about me… is that I am a VERY visual learner.


In fact, if you TELL me a story during a lesson… don’t ask me a question about it.  There will be an awkward moment.

Because by the end of the story that you expertly told,  I will be in a totally different place.

I will even tell myself, “Ok…. pay attention… focus…  follow along… ok, there was a missionary…  who was walking down a street… and felt a need to turn right…  I wonder when I need to put the rolls in the oven.”

And I’m gone.

BUT if you give me the story on a paper, or used pictures on the board like I am a five year old…

I am totally with you.

And, my friends, this is also how I like to study.


In this case, I wanted to study Charity… and what it looked like in a person.

So meet Charlie and all of his very desirable qualities.

I used D&C 121, 1 Corinthians 13, Moroni 7, 4 Nephi, 1 Corinthians 8, President Bensons famous talk on pride, along with other scriptures and quotes


As I studied, I just kept listing qualities that I found.

I also looked up a lot of words in the dictionary to get further insight


And the more I studied the more I want to become like this.

For me, this kind of study has a lot of impact.


And as I studied Charity, I also studied the opposite of Charlie… and I named him Prideful Peter.

Please don’t be offended if you love and adore someone named Peter.

Peter in the New Testament is one of my personal heroes.

It was just alliteration.  It is something I tend to do.

Especially when I name random animals that I see.  Like Earl the Eagle, or Belvedere the Bear.

So…  anyway…

President Benson’s pride talk will give you a TON to add to this side of the page


But so will lots of stories in the scriptures.  You may find yourself flipping back to this page and adding insights from particular stories.

Like this.

And you can also use the “opposite approach”.  If you added something to the charity side, you can write the opposite attitude on this side.

And vice versa.

Like this.

And hopefully, as we learn line upon line, precept upon precept

We will liken it unto ourselves so much, that the correct side of the page defines us.


  1. This is brilliant. I too am visual. My scriptures have little doodles in them and make lists and comparisons in my scripture journal as well. Thanks for sharing. ♥ it!

  2. I absolutely love this 🙂 As a matter of fact, if you would not mind sharing, I would love to be able to see/read your whole Charitable Charlie/Prideful Peter chart. I know this is a personal question and something that grew out of your own research and I can do my own…but I love it and would like to use it for FHE this week and give my whole family an opportunity to fill out a chart. We are going through a very difficult situation based on the pride of others right now. I am trying to teach them to forgive, let it go, and allow the Savior to heal through the atonement and his love for each of us. If you care to share, I would love it. Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

  3. Thank you for putting into words how I learn in church! I hate those awkward moments and I’m glad I’m not alone. 😉

  4. Elder Scott would love this. He is ever talking about keeping some type of book of inspiriation. At least that is what he taught our mission. It solidifies the idea. I am a visual learner too. My scripture journal is a whole bunch of pictures too. In fact for family devotional I tell the kids the story and have them draw the picture while I am telling it.

  5. Your tips are so great! And I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t focus during a lesson/lecture! 😉

  6. I like it. I also like to do a lot of cause & effect drawings. I you do this, then……. Helps me see/understand consequences. (Learned this from a BYU Jerusalem Professor, years ago.)

  7. I would also like a copy of your cuuute diagrams! This would be such a fun aid for our family scripture study. Lets face it, not all of us are as artistically talented as you are! 🙂

  8. This is terrific! I have one daughter in particular that is a very visual learner. Showing her this will greatly help her in her own scripture study.

  9. You never cease to amaze me! I wish I was so artistic! It really makes learning more fun…I’ll have to keep practicing! 🙂

  10. You inspired me & I made a journal for myself. Then we made them for family home evening. Now the whole family has one. I also love to learn this way. If you are willing to share I would also love to see it. I also loved your maps with the Nephites & Lamonites. Love your whole website by the way.

  11. You have helped me in ways I will never be able to sufficiently express. I almost gave up after years of frustration in trying to understand the scriptures. Your blog is an answer to my prayers. You have renewed my desire to learn and study. I once again feel that excitement I experienced as a new convert. Thank you for sharing your time and talents in such a positive and motivating way. You bring new life to the scriptures in ways that fill me with hope. My testimony has grown by leaps and bounds since finding you. I find your charts extremely helpful and would love to be able to print myself a copy of your interpretation on Pride & Charity if you would be willing to share. Thank YOU for all your help!

  12. I recently happened on your blog. These drawings are very thought provoking. I would love to see them in their entirety if you would be willing to share

  13. I will be teaching early morning seminary this next school year. If you have pictures, ideas that you would share I would appreciate it. We are teaching the Old Testament this year! How did you do the title page for the scripture journal?



  14. I don’t like to teach & I really don’t like to answer questions. I can talk to you, but PLEASE don’t ask me a question! One of my daughters is a visual learner, & I am a copycat. I learn from looking at other peoples things, so I am a visual learner also. I really have a hard time learning the scriptures, so I am sure your pictures will help me alot. Thkanks so much.

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