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« on: August 02, 2020, 06:30:30 pm »
I have some journals that I began while in college and on my mission. I continued for a few years after my mission, but when it became clear to me that I wouldn't have children, I stopped writing in journals. In my mind, the only people interested in my journals would be my children, grandchildren, etc.

Since I'll not have progeny, I've been thinking of trashing them. My mission journals I think might be interesting to others, but my college ones...ugh.

Is there any reason why I shouldn't throw them in the trash? I just keep seeing (in my head) them being thrown away when I die and can't foresee them being saved for any reason. What think you?
 
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Re: Journals
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2020, 06:58:57 pm »
I've had a lot of the same feelings, Beefche. I'm in the process of digitizing mine and putting them in the Memories section of Family Search, even though most of them seem pretty mundane, immature, and of little worth. Part of the reason is for my children, but there's another reason: There have been a couple of times when I've thought, "Nobody can really relate to what I'm going through right now." I've come across a letter or a journal entry uploaded and shared by an extended family member and it's been meaningful, even though they were only remotely connected. I think that in the future, when we all fully realize the blessing of the sealing power to bind us together with Christ, our personal experiences and stories will become much more important than we understand now. So don't trash them. Preserve them. They'll someday become a pearl of great price for somebody.
All grown-ups were once children...but only few of them remember it. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "The Little Prince."
 
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Re: Journals
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2020, 08:13:16 pm »
There is a really good reason.   Journals written at the time help later people understand an era.  The missionary department may know who is digitizing mission journals.   The other journals may be of interest to the historical society where you live, or elsewhere.   I would suggest digitizing them, because it is the content and not the physical paper that has value historically.

iMemories will do that for you I think.  But I'd consider asking whether any of the young people would like to do that for a project.
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Re: Journals
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2020, 11:53:56 am »
Beefche, I've had the same thoughts this summer as I've "cleaned up" the house (not much cleaning, more rearranging!). No children, so why keep the journals. I, too, stopped about ten years into marriage because of no progeny. It just seemed so pointless. Thanks everyone for your replies. I'll reconsider whether to keep or throw them out.
 

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Re: Journals
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2020, 02:04:49 pm »
I'm a journal person. I don't know if anyone ever will read them. But I'd love to read my aunts and uncles, great-aunts etc journals. There will always be some who will love to read them.
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But I think more importantly, writing a journal is a great way of self analyses and self reflection, it benefits the writer enourmously. If it is more that today did this and yesterday that.
 
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Re: Journals
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2020, 05:57:44 pm »
Beefche, don't you have nieces, nephews, cousins?? I too am childless, but I write emails to all of the nieces, nephews & 2,3rd cousins who have asked - of my memories growing up. They never knew my parents & maternal grandmother. Nor do they know anything about their mother & father [my sister & brother] siblings.

My sister is a pathological liar and my brother just didn't give a dang.

So keep journaling and put in your will that they all go to your nieces, nephews, cousins and children of the cousins.
 

 


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