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Journal Jars–Personal History questions

Journal Jars–Personal History questions

Journal Jars

Life was not meant to be bottled up forever.  This jar is jam-packed with deliciously interesting questions to inspire you to celebrate something very important, you!

RECIPE:   Combine a generous slice of your life history with a dash of nostalgia and several cups of facts and feelings.

If you will follow this simple recipe, you will find you have a delicious, personal history.  All you need to do is draw out one slip of paper at least once a week.  Paste the question to the top of a blank piece of paper and begin to tell all about it.  Spend a few minutes and enjoy remembering.   Tell your story.

adult journal jar prompts

Describe a favorite childhood friend and some fun things you did with her.

Where did you live as a child? (city, country, suburb…)

How many brothers and sisters did you have?  Describe them.  Tell a story about you and each of them.

What things do you enjoy doing today that you also enjoyed as a child?

What color was your house, your bedroom, your living room as a child?

Do you remember any of your four grandparents?  Any great-grandparents?  What were their names?  Any memories you may have?

Describe getting a Christmas tree with your family as a child, how did you decorate it, when did you put it up, etc..

Describe your Sundays.

Tell about your mother—personality, characteristics, stature, talents, family stores about her., etc.

What is the most important lesson, message, or advice you’ve learned that you’d like to pass on for others to profit by?

What are you favorites:  colors, flowers, food, activities, hobbies?

Do you remember any special feelings you had as a child?  Fears, fantasies,…etc?

Describe your favorite dress/outfit.

Describe the downtown of your Childhood at Christmas time.

Tell about your favorite aunt.

Tell about any ancestors you know about, dates, names, (for historical purposes) & any stories about them.

What church callings have you had?  Which did you enjoy the most?

Tell about a frustrating experience you have had.

Describe a childhood birthday.

How do you feel about winning? Losing?

Tell about family reunions.

Did you have a childhood hide-out?  Where? Describe it.

What is your advice to those younger than you?

Did you go camping?  Tell about your experiences.

What is your favorite book?  What do books mean to you?

What were your father’s best traits?  His worst?

What are your food preferences and how did they come about?

What games did you play in your home or neighborhood?

What was your most (really) embarrassing moment?

Tell about a favorite vacation from your childhood.

Write your testimony of the gospel.

Tell about religion practiced in your home,…faith promoting stories, etc.

Do you have a favorite general authority?  Who and why?

How did you feel about school?

Were you ever in a drama, speech, sports, pep, or glee club?  Tell about it.

Do you recall any outstanding family trips or summer outings you experienced as a child?

Describe the most serious illness you have had.

What are you frightened of?  Why?

Have you met or worked with any famous people?  Where?  When?

What are you most precious and deeply embedded values?

Describe your mother’s wedding dress.  What do you know about her wedding?

What is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to you?  The worst?

If you could be an animal, which one would you choose and why?

Where is the most exciting place you have been? What made it exciting?

What would you like to be remembered for?

What personality trait do you admire most and why?

What do you think about movies?  What is your favorite movie and why?

Tell about a special date you had with a boyfriend, your fiancé.  Describe a typical day

during your High School years.

What is your greatest joy?  Your greatest sorrow?

Tell about handed-down talents, things your parents taught you,…etc

Did you have a favorite TV show as a child or youth?  Describe it.

What did you do as a child that got you into the most trouble with your parents?  How did they handle it?

Tell about the house(s) you lived in during your childhood.  Do you remember addresses or phone numbers?

Do you have a favorite author?  Who?  Why?  Tell about favorite books as a child.

Tell about your own family traditions: Christmas, birthdays, graduation, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, hunting, funerals, Mothers Day, weddings, etc.

What special things did you do with your father?

Tell about all of the placed you’ve worked.

Describe a typical day as a child in elementary school.

What do you fantasize about being or doing?

Where was a favorite place to go with your family when you were young?

Did it snow where you lived as a child?  What kings of things did you do in it?

Did you have a bicycle?  What was it like?

What did you feel has been the most significant world event that has taken place during

your lifetime and why?

What kids of extracurricular activities did you participate in school?

Describe your conversion to the gospel.

Describe your first home/apartment as a young couple.

Write a want ad that describes your husband/wife.

What kind of lesson do you wish you could have taken (piano, violin…etc..).?

What lessons did you take as a child that have carried over in your adult life?

Describe your first “crush”.  What was he/she like?

What were your fears, expectations, anticipations about getting married?

Were you responsible for any household chores and what were they?  Which did you enjoy the most?  least enjoy?

What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you?

What is the most trying experience that ever happened to you?

What do you remember about the day you were baptized?

Do you like rain storms?  Why or why not?

Do you remember a special birthday party you’ve had given to been to?

Do you have a favorite general authority?  Who and why?

How did you become engaged?

What is the one invention you could not live without and why?

What is your advice to those younger than you?

What special things did you do with your mother?

Did you and your father share any interests?  Tell about your relationship.

What kind of music do you like?

Tell about any pets you had as a child.

Tell about your early romances.

Tell about your teenage social life.

Tell the words of a song from your childhood.  What memories does it bring?

Tell about any conditions surrounding your birth that you are aware of.  Tell any interesting

stories about your beginnings.  (How your name was chosen).

What do you feel is the most significant world event that has taken place during your lifetime and why?

Describe your yard as a child.  Did you help with yard work?

Tell about how, when and where you learned to drive.

Was there a teacher or class that had a great influence on you?

Did you go to college or take any vocational training?

How did you first meet your in-laws?

What is the biggest lesson in life you found to be true?

Tell about your grandchildren—how many?  Names?  How do you feel about being a grandparent?

What church jobs did your parents have?  What do you remember about their church

activities?

Tell about the changes you have seen in your lifetime:  society, technology, fashion, fads, morality, politics…etc…

Tell something about each of your children; their personalities, their talents, their traits that make them different and special.

Tell about your civic or political activities.

One word on how to live successfully.

Tell about your life as the children left home—new interests, employment, moves,

hobbies,…etc…

Tell about anniversaries.

How did you like being the oldest, youngest, or middle child?

Tell a courtship story about your parents.

Tell about retirement.

Did you have roommates or companions?  Tell about them and the things you learned living with others.

Do you like to go to the theater? Opera? Symphony?

What is your child-rearing philosophy?

What is your secret for good health?

Are there any family heirlooms in your possession?  Tell about them and how you came to acquire them.

How did your mother spend her time?

What was your favorite Saturday activity as a child?

What makes each of your brothers and sisters special?  Be specific.

What is your favorite scripture?  Why?

What brings the most peace and why?

Where would you like to vacation the most and why?

Did you belong to girl/boy scouts or 4-H?

Do you have a close relationship with any of your grandparents?  Tell about it.

Share a principle you have learned, or one you have taught.

What is the most adventuresome thing you have ever done?

Did you have a favorite subject in school?  One you dreaded?

What do you remember about shopping with your mother?  Any particular store?

What is your favorite holiday?  How do you celebrate?

What did your father do for a living?

How old were you and your husband when you were married?  Describe plans and hopes at that time.

Tell about the birth of each of your children.

What political party comes closest to representing your own point of view?

Did you have a favorite toy as a child?  Did it have a name?  What memories are connected with it?

Do you have a special high school or college memory?