This site can be attributed to 3 sources:
- President Henry B. Eyring’s October 2007 General Conference talk entitled O Remember, Remember. After hearing this talk, I started a personal journal – not like journal entries written in the past, but just a small entry each night describing how I have seen the hand of the Lord in my life, or the life of my children.
- Elder David A. Bednar’s April 2007 General Conference talk entitled The Tender Mercies of the Lord. Here is an excerpt from his talk:
After writing in my journal for over six months I was surprised at how I could see the hand of the Lord daily. This is certainly a tender mercy.
Since last October I have reflected repeatedly upon the phrase “the tender mercies of the Lord.” Through personal study, observation, pondering, and prayer, I believe I have come to better understand that the Lord’s tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Truly, the Lord suits “his mercies according to the conditions of the children of men” (D&C 46:15).
- The July 2008 Ensign. The cover was especially appealing to me. The cover was a headliner for an article by Elder M. Russell Ballard entitled Sharing the Gospel Using the Internet. I’ve always felt the internet can be a great tool for sharing the gospel. When I first got on the Internet my senior year in high school (1995/1996) I would look for ways to bring up the topic in chat rooms (this was before chat rooms got their bad reputation). I even mailed a copy of the Book of Mormon to a girl I met online. I left for my mission shortly after that, so I don’t know if ever became of that.
So why day while pondering I thought, “what if i were to put my journal online each night?” This way others who might be interested could read my thoughts. My biggest concern is sharing too much publicly, so this online journal of sorts may not contain everything my person journal will contain, but for the most part, I don’t think my daily experiences will be too sacred to share.
My hope is that this effort can benefit a few people who may run across it. If not, I will still have it to give to my children at some future date.