Monday, February 10, 2014

Claudia Bushman on Journal Writing

Below are some of the things Sister Claudia Bushman (Your friends, A Bushman and B Bushman's Grandma) said a couple of months ago, at a night when she and her husband, Richard Bushman; both notable Church historians from Columbia University in NYC; spoke to our stake.  I wanted to record what she said and my impressions of said words so I wouldn't forget.
  • Record for the future, remember every time a person dies it is as if a library has burned down.
  • Each person has at least one relate-able thing about them.  
  • If it not written down somewhere, it is as if it did not happen.
  • While you live, you can change your life's story.
  • Write daily, save on computer with hard and soft copies.  Print it off monthly.
  • Write down how you feel about historical events (like the government shut down).
  • If you feel like there is nothing to write about, brush your teeth or shower and determine that you will think of at least two things to write about.
  • Write kindly and generously of people (not gossip), you may meet the people you've written about in your next life.
  • Your audience may be your family including grandchildren. Include:
    • jokes
    • invitations to parties
    • clever sayings
    • accounts of money spent
    • good deeds
    • testimony
    • show how your traits have moved through generations
    • solutions to your fears (you may talk it out to yourself)
  • If the above is done, it will show that you do not have the dreary life you suppose and will turn you into an irreplaceable treasurer. 
  • Take promptings to learn of past family members seriously!
Great Grandma O (the mother pictured above) made hundreds of family videos,
sent out thousands of letters and wrote in her planner daily.  What a treasure!
If just beginning writing:
1. Keep a journal for a month.
2. Make a family history chart.
3. Write an account of your first memory as the beginning of your autobiography.
4. Attitudes on issues.
5. Write your own obituary--who speaks, music, prayers, etc.

Thank you Sister Bushman! 

2 comments:

  1. It is all great advice! (Those two really travel all over the place, wow!)

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  2. Right?! They're amazing! Their family is even more so! Ben and Erika (A and B's parents mentioned above) are their son and daughter-in-law and they are out of this world delightful and amazing! We are so glad to be their friends!

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