Would you like to have the perfect scripture study journal? One that you will never lose? The Gospel study journal offered at LDSScriptureStudy.com is just what you’re looking for. You can have your notes online, printed out, or both.
The Gospel study journal will:
allow you to quickly retrieve notes and thoughts that you have recorded.
make it easy to share thoughts and ideas with others.
make it easy to remember the entire thought you had when you made the note.
allow for new inspiration – not bind you to only what you’ve already learned.
help keep your scriptures from wearing out because of over-marking them.
help prevent losing all of your notes should your scriptures get lost.
provide some structure but without being overly rigid.
The journal entries you create can be linked together. You can tag them with keywords. You can link scripture references to them. Entries may also contain citations from other books which you feel are relevant.
Recently, we've done some work on the Study Journal. You now have the ability to export your notes as a PDF. When you first log in, look for this icon in the upper-right corner of your notes list:
You will get a message saying that your request has been sent, and that it will be emailed to you once the system is done generating it.
The PDF is divided into three sections.
The first section lists out your notes in order of the note number. This allows you to quickly look up a note number, see the title, and see the main scripture to which it is linked, along with the main keyword with which you have tagged it. This section is formatted in much the same manner as the note list you see when you first log into your Study Journal. For example:
This is where the notes actually appear. The notes appear in order of the LDS Edition of the Standard Works: Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and then The Pearl of Great Price. Each note may have one or more scripture references attached to it. To save space, the note only appears in its entirety at the primary scripture reference. At all subsequent references, you are directed to take a look at the primary scripture reference.
For example, I have a note called "The Effects of the Atonement on the State of Man." Its primary scripture reference is 2 Nephi 2:1-30. So the full note appears there. However, I also have this note linked to Genesis 2:17. In the PDF, when I look up Genesis 2:17, I see this:
This way, we don't include the entire note in every reference to which it is linked. Otherwise, the PDF may be several times bigger than it needs to be. This can be a problem if you like to print it out.
This is where notes are organized according to the keywords with which you have tagged them. You can see notes that have similar keywords. Let's say I wanted to study "revelation." I could open my PDF, go to the third section, and take a look at the entry for "revelation." It looks like this:
This is helpful if you want to see all the notes you have tagged with a particular keyword. It comes in handy if you want to study a particular topic, or if you need to write a talk on a specific subject.
Hopefully, this makes using your Study Journal a little easier. Keep in mind that you can print the PDF if you like to have it in your hand like a book. You can also put it into your smartphone or tablet for easy reference.
After way too long, we are proud to announce the availability of our new online Study Journals. We are currently in the testing phase. We are looking for a few brave souls who are interested in creating their own, private online study journal (they’re free). Then, we’d like for you to poke around to see how things work. In a few days, we’ll have a way for folks to provide feedback. Write us about things you’d like to see, things that don’t appear to work the way you’d like, and any other questions of comments you have for us. If you’d like to have all of your study notes in a single place, drop by and create your own study journal. We’d love to see you!
In the great ocean of printed words and spoken discourses we have available to us, the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have left no uncertainty as to the value of keeping a journal. Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, related a personal experience in this regard in the October 2007 General Conference. He said:
“I wrote down a few lines every day for years. I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. Before I would write, I would ponder this question: “Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?” As I kept at it, something began to happen. As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done.”
– Henry B. Eyring, October 2007 General Conference, “O Remember, Remember”
Who would not benefit from such a practice? Who would not want to see Heavenly Father’s hand more clearly in their life? This is one of the numerous gems that have inspired the creation of the LDS Scripture Study project.
We are so thrilled to make available our upcoming Gospel Study Journal! You will be able to link your entries together, or link them to scripture references or passages. Entries can be tagged with keywords. You may even include citations to other works in your entries. This allows for non-conventional ways of studying and comparing related entries that you have written. Eventually, you will be able to share study journal entries with others.
You will be able to search by keyword, scripture reference, or look at all entries attached to the one you have open. You will also be able to print entries. It becomes your own, personal, searchable knowledge base. You can use it to reference any entry that you have ever written on any topic.
We’re working as fast as we can so that you will be able to create your free, private Gospel Study Journal and start using it soon!