Writing as I receive inspiration, insights, impressions (revelation) slows me down so that I take the time to let the eyes of my understanding work. In other words, so that pictures, vision of what the thought (words) means, can come into my mind.
When I pray or ponder without writing I fly by the words without seeing the understanding in them, through them, behind them.
Writing does several things:
1) Fulfills the counsel of the prophets.
2) Fulfills the Lord’s command (in Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi) to keep records of those things which are most plain and precious. . . . or me, rRecording our prayers and our testimony is a form of praying aloud. In fact, it is a form of praying “loud” enough that people may hear and witness our faith and testimony for generations to come.
For me, recording my prayers and my testimony is a form of praying aloud. In fact, it is a form of praying “loud” enough that people may witness and hopefully be blessed by my faith and testimony for generations to come.
3) Keeps me centered. Keeps me on center–not on task. Staying “on task” is not the highest orientation. Staying on center–and that center being Jesus Christ–thoughts of Him, thoughts to Him, thoughts from Him. Thus, I am able to practice being as one with Him in heart and mind. And though I am so imperfect at it, myself, His perfect love and patience shine through my journal entries as I record my “as a little child,” toddling efforts.
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