Get a journal to write in just about your trial/ experiences (depression, abuse, ext.). Write about your bad day, your good days, inspirational thoughts and things to pull you through.
I am also going to list some ideas for topics to write about.
Some topics are:
Write something nice about your family that they do that makes you happy.
What are you frightened of?
Tell about the most wonderful thing that ever happened to you?
Who am I closest to in my immediate family and why?
Who is my best friend? What is she/he like?
Describe a time when you felt the spirit very strongly.
What is my most favorite thing to do at home?
What are my favorite family holiday traditions?
What is my favorite scripture and what are my thoughts or feelings about it?
Write about feeling loved and by whom.
If I could live anywhere, where would it be? Why?
Write about something you are grateful for. Make a list and count your blessings.
Write about how a prayer was answered
What is my favorite area in nature?
When was I the most proud of myself?
What has been a General Conference talk that has had an impact on me?
Where is my most favorite place to go, what is it like?
if I've received my patriarchal blessing, what is the most significant part to me?
Describe a time when you served someone else. How did it feel?
Am I a forgiving person? Is there anyone I need to forgive and what's the game plan?
What can I do to strengthen my testimony?
Write about something or someone in your life who/ how it helped you to grown and change.
Write about what you like to read. What's your favorite book?
Write about the kindest things anyone ever did for you.
Write about when you received your testimony.
Write about something or someone you remember fondly.
Write about a testimony building experience.
Write about your favorite thing to do when you just want to hang out.
Write about a place you feel safe and happy (it can be from your part or a currant place)
Find a picture (one of family, friends, something online, a painting) that brings you peace and joy.
What is your favorite hymn?
Did you have a special object that you slept with? blanket? doll? stuffed animal?
What is your favorite season of the year?
Thinking back, was there a teacher or class that had a great influence on you?
Do you doodle? What figures tend to come up? Boxes? Circles? Faces?
What does Christ’s sacrifice mean to you?
What is your favorite Primary song?
Write something you have never told anyone.
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?
What is something that always makes you feel sad?
What is one bad habit you would like to get rid of?
What is one habit you would like to develop?
What is the longest period of time you have gone without sleep? How did you feel?
How different would your life be if you did not have the truth and knowledge of the gospel?
What was the best surprise you ever received?
If you were on a deserted island what 5 things would you want to have with you and why?
If you were to go to the moon what 3 things would you take with you?
Who is your favorite latter-day prophet and why?
What is something you are really proud of yourself for?
What is something that you have never done but would like to?
Make a “bucket list”, things you would like to do or places you would like to go before you die.
What is something that few people know about you?
What activities do you enjoy doing today that you also enjoyed as a child? Describe them.
Did you have a childhood hide-out? Where? Describe it.
Describe a recurring dream you had as a child, a teen or an adult.
What purposes might there be to your suffering? How might the Lord help you turn your difficulties into something positive?
What attributes in Christ do you admire the most?
List some of the blessings in your life that show God’s mercy, grace and love for you.
What burdens or weaknesses are you ready to surrender and turn over to the Lord?
Write down an action plan for studying more about Christ- his life, his character and his atonement, include the time to ponder, pray and write about what you learn.
How can knowing the Lord will restore your losses and compensate for your trials help give you hope?
“In the gospel of Jesus Christ you have help from both sides of the veil, and you must never forget that. When disappointment and discouragement strike--and they will--you remember and never forget that if our eyes could be opened we would see horses and chariots of fire as far as the eye can see riding at reckless speed to come to our protection. They will always be there, these armies of heaven, in defense of Abraham's seed.”
― Jeffrey R. Holland, Created for Greater Things
- Write down the feelings you have as you read Elder Holland’s words of encouragement.
How can you improve the way you approach your personal prayers so that they become more effective?
What can you do to seek a more personal relationship with Christ and receive a stronger witness as His role as your Savior and Redeemer?
How can you set more realistic expectations for yourself and find a healthier balance between pushing yourself too little or too hard?
Even when the winds of adversity blow, our Father keeps us anchored to our hope. The Lord has promised, “I will not leave you comfortless,” and He will “consecrate [our] afflictions for [our] gain.” Even when our trials seem overwhelming, we can draw strength and hope from the sure promise of the Lord: “Be not afraid nor dismayed … for the battle [is] not yours, but God’s.”
–Elder Wirthlin, Ensign, Nov. 1998
How can you find comfort and peace while still struggling with adversity?