{Primary} 2016 Scripture Journal

Last week we had a primary presidency meeting. We had a lot to discuss with the upcoming year just around the corner. During the meeting, my friend brought up the idea of giving the children their very own Scripture Journal. I LOVED the idea! We discussed it a little bit, but didn’t plan any details.

The other day, I saw that the January 2016 Friend was available online. I decided to take a look. I looked through a few articles, and finally found the article titled, “Nephi Was Obedient”. I was so excited to see a Scripture Hero card with some tasks for the children to do. FUN!

Then I clicked on another article titled, “A Year With the Book of Mormon”. At the bottom of the page was this link:Β Friend2016BOM.lds.org. When I clicked on the link I was taken to a page that had a chart. Each month was listed with 4 other columns of different tasks for the children to do. After seeing these 2 wonderful ideas…I finally knew what to do with the Scripture Journal idea!


At our meeting we discussed using composition notebooks or small notebooks. I figured we’ll do whatever is the best deal. πŸ™‚

Before anything though…I got to work creatingΒ a cute cover for theΒ Scripture Journals. I LOVE Susan Fitch’s scripture clipartΒ (really, all of her clipart is amazing!)Β so I knew I had to use it.Β I wanted it simple, but cute. This is what I came up with!


I decided to create a blue and a pink/coral version. I LOVE how they turned out! I even included a little space at the bottom for the children to write their names.

After I finished creating the covers, I got to work re-creating the chart that I saw on LDS.org. I love their chart, but I needed to re-size it to fit smaller notebooks.

I included everything that you will find on LDS.org, but since I din’t have much space, I worded the tasks a little differently. πŸ™‚ Here’s a peek at what the chart looks like.



2016 Scripture Journals

Now that you’ve had a look at the covers and the chart…here’s how we’re planning to use these!

I will be purchasing notebooks for each of the Primary children. I will then glue a cover onto the front of each journal, and a chart onto the inside cover.

At the beginning of the month we will have one of the Bishopric members come in to Primary dressed as that month’s scripture hero. They might share a story or scripture about that Hero. Then they will pass out the scripture hero card for that month.


The children will glue each Hero card into their notebook. We will also have a little pocket on our smaller bulletin board where we will be placing extra copies of the Hero cards for the children that might be gone during that first Sunday.

Once the children have obtained and glued the Hero card into their ‘Scripture Journal’ we will add a check-mark or a sticker to that box on their chart. The next week we will ask them to memorize the scripture…the following week will be the scripture video…and the last week will be the challenge. As the children complete each task on the chart, we will add a check or a sticker.

Since no one will remember to bring their journal each month, we have decided to just keep them in our Primary closet. We might give them a few minutes during opening exercises to glue, write, or draw in their Scripture Journal. When they’re done, the’ll hand the journals back to us.

And then in February we will have another Scripture Hero visitor come in for a visit, and to hand out their card.

By the end of the year, the children will have a notebook full of scripture hero cards, scriptures, thoughts, pictures, etc.

Would you like to give your Primary or even your children their very own Scripture Journal?

I created Scripture Journal covers for 3 different sizes: 4 X 6, 5 X 7, and for composition notebooks. I also created the charts for the same size notebooks. I was going to create some for 3 X 5 journals, but the Scripture Hero cards wouldn’t fit, so I decided not to do that size. Click the link below to choose the size that you need and then download and PRINT!


Click HERE to print my Scripture Journal covers & chart.


Or you can download each file individually, here:

Blue Scripture Journal Covers

Blue Scripture Journal 4X6.

Blue Scripture Journal 5X7.

Blue Scripture Journal Composition Notebook.


Pink Scripture Journal Covers

Pink Scripture Journal 4X6

Pink Scripture Journal 5X7

Pink Scripture Journal Composition Notebook


Scripture Journal Chart

4X6 Chart

5X7 Chart

Large Composition Notebook Chart


We’re still figuring out the details, but that’s the idea we have so far. πŸ™‚ I hope you like my 2016 Scripture Journals, and are able to use them in your Primary or your home.

Thanks so much for stopping by!Β Have a wonderful day!

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Hi! I’m Sheena, the blogger behind Little LDS Ideas. I love sharing LDS Ideas and printables to help make your life and calling a little bit easier. I am a mother to 4 and a wife to one amazing guy. In addition to being busy with blogging and being a wife/mother, I am also in school. Studying and homework keeps me busy, but I love it. Thanks so much for stopping by! β™₯


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  1. Colette

    What is the video and what is the challenge? Such. A good idea! I’m not the president anymore but. I’d like to do this for my own kids.

  2. Lane

    Have you thought about how this idea will work if only a few children remember to bring their journals each week? I love love this idea but I am worried the children won’t bring them each week.

    1. I forgot to mention that we aren’t letting them take the journals home. πŸ™‚ After they glue in the acripture hero card or wrote down thought, etc. they’ll hand them back to us.

  3. Keshia

    I’ve tried a few times to click on the link to print the cover and chart and it brings up an error page. Can you help?

    1. Sorry about that Keshia. I’ve listed the files individually. Give that a try, and if you’re still having problems let me know and I can email the files to you. Thanks! πŸ™‚

      1. Keshia

        It worked! Thanks!!

  4. I LOVE this idea! Thank you for sharing! Just one question. Did you print on cardstock for the cover and/or the hero cards?

  5. Sara

    Do you have to go buy the scripture hero every month? How are you getting the cards so every child can glue it into their journal?

    1. Hi Sara,
      The Scripture Hero cards will be available in The Friend each month. I follow The Friend on Facebook and they just shared different sizes of the Scripture Hero cards. Yes, We will have a card for each child to glue into their journal.

  6. Nadia

    Thank you so much for your ideas. We will be using this in our primary in Australia.
    Is there a new scripture video each month?

    1. Thanks, Nadia! So I just looked at the chart that I saw online, and noticed that it has several things for the children to do each month in The Friend. I guess the list that I am using for my scripture chart comes from the Scripture Hero Card. The video that is has is just the illustrated scripture videos found on the church website. Let me know if you have any other questions.

      1. Nadia

        Hey thanks for the reply. I saw that link after i had sent it to you. We are excited!!

  7. Jeannette Wilson

    Thanks for such great ideas. We are going to type the scripture that goes with it and put it underneath the hero picture. That way they have the picture and the scripture.

    1. Thanks, Jeanette! LOVE the idea of typing up the scripture as well, great idea.

  8. Darla Taylor

    Just found your hard work. I too love the idea that you have come up with. We wanted to do journals this year, but it just was not coming together. This put it in perspective. Thank-you for being so willing to share.

    1. Thanks, Darla. I loved the journal idea, and as soon as I saw the idea in The Friend I knew exactly what we should do. So glad you like the idea as well. πŸ™‚ Let me know how it goes, I’d love to hear.

  9. Jessica

    This is prefect! We started doing the hero visitor and had been wondering how we could incorporate the chart and still have the kids follow through and have it be meaningful. This is perfect! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talents with the rest of us. You’ve made me life so much easier!

  10. Ramona

    Thank you for such a great idea!! I am going to do in for our primary class. Hopefully they will love it. Thanks for sharing your talent and providing the printouts for us!

  11. Ilene

    Great idea. I am wondering if the “challenge” is something we have to come up with each month or if it is included in The Friend. Any suggestions for challenges? Thank you!

    1. The challenge is part of the Scripture Hero Card. It’s just a question for the children to think about. πŸ™‚

  12. Pam Doxey

    I have a question. I LOVE this idea and we are trying to incorporate it in our primary but I cant figure out the scripture hero picture. On the website it has all different sizes to print which is great but kinda expensive. We have about 140 kids in our primary and printing each month would be about $30+. times that by 12 months and it ends up being way out of our budget. I was hoping to be able to save the picture and just print the $.09 pictures at Walmart or Costco which would cut the price down a lot but I cant find a way to save it and do it. How are you Ladies printing them? I could do the smallest size but I feel like that’s way to small and still more money that doing the $.09 prints. Any Ideas are welcome!!

    1. Hi Pam! Thanks for the comment, but HOLY COW that is a lot of Primary children. πŸ™‚ I am re-sizing the cards and printing them at home. I was able to fit 6 to a sheet. They’re smaller than I wanted, but I figured it was ok. I just saved the image and then pasted it into photoshop, but I’m sure you could paste it into Microsoft word or another similar program. Sorry I’m not more help. Let me know if there is something I can do to help you out.

      1. Pam Doxey

        It is a lot of kids:) lol! I was hoping I could just save it and open it up on photoshop or somewhere but I couldn’t get the image to save. How did you save it? I tried highlighting it but that didn’t work and right clicking on it and that didn’t work either:/ 6 to a page sounds like a good size. I will have to try that if I can get the picture to save:) lol were you on lds.org when you saved it or was it opened in a file on the computer? Maybe that’s my issue. Thanks for all your hard work on this!! I hope Many blessing will be heading your way!!!

  13. Amanda Peterson

    Hi, I am trying to make this more affordable for our Primary. I have resized the hero pictures to fit in a 3×5 notebook. Would you be able to do the journal covers in the 3×5 size?

  14. Melanie Hansen

    This may be a stupid question, but where have you found is best to buy notebooks in larger quantities for a reasonable price? We really only need 40-45 for our primary, so not as many as some, but still don’t want to spend a fortune on just the notebooks. I’ve been trying to search online…but thought I would ask.

    1. Not stupid at all. πŸ™‚ I found some on Amazon, and I even think there are some on Oriental Trading. We found about 20 in our closet, so that saved us some money. We ended up buying ours at Dollar Tree for $1 a piece. I found some smaller 3X5″ notebooks at a local office store for about .75 cents a piece. If you go with the smaller notebooks just let me know and I will re-size the covers to fit your notebooks

      1. Katee

        During back to school sales, Walmart has composition notebooks for $0.17.

  15. Emily

    I love crafty people like you!! Doing this with my family! Thanks!!

    1. Thanks, Emily! I hope your family enjoys the scripture journals. πŸ™‚

  16. Tiffany

    Thanks for this brilliant idea! This is my second week as the Primary President, and in our presidency meeting mentioned wanting to do something with scripture heroes (obviously I haven’t looked through January’s Friend yet). This post is definitely an ‘ask and ye shall receive’ moment for me. Just a logistical question, when do you do this during primary (opening, sharing time, etc), and how long does it take? It seems like it would take 10-15 minutes, including the bishopric. I’d love to hear how this aspect is working so that I can plan things out. Thanks again!

    1. We’re still trying to work out the kinks as well. haha I have separated and put each of the classes journals in a container (found at the Dollar Store). I have included pencils and glue sticks as well. The teachers stop by and pick up their journals on their way to class and then during class has the children do the activity for the week. We are leaving the ‘watching the video’ and ‘memorizing the scripture’ for the children to do at home. I have just been having the children write down thoughts and scriptures each week. I am thinking in February I will type up a weekly schedule of the activities I would like them to do and put that in with the journals, so the teachers will know what to do for that week. We just haven’t had any time during opening exercises, and so we asked the teachers if they would mind taking a few minutes during class to do this. Everyone was ok with it. πŸ™‚

  17. Heather

    Thanks for this idea! I don’t teach primary (well, unless you are one that counts my sweet little nursery class as part of primary lol) but I do have children of my own that Ive been trying to help make the scriptures come alive for. Im thinking this would be a great addition to our FHEs each week then during the week we can read scripture stories and talk about the scripture hero for that month while we read each morning. Im trying to make our scripture and FHE time more concentrated instead of all over the place, I feel like the kiddos aren’t getting much out of the time right now.

  18. Kayley

    These are so amazing!!! thank you for sharing!! I found mini composition notebooks at the dollar tree 3 for $1. They are 3.25 X 4.5″. do you have a size made up that would fit those? or close to? Or can you tell me how to resize? TIA!!

    1. Kayley

      9 per page would work if that makes sense

    2. Hi Kayley! I will work on that and add it tomorrow. πŸ™‚

  19. tes

    I Love this!!!! thank you so much for sharing… i made little notebooks our of 4×6 copy paper and it came out great…

  20. Amanda

    What an amazing idea! Thank you for sharing your talents! I am making these for my kids and will use them with our daily devotional time at breakfast! Thank you!

    1. I love that you do a daily devotional time at breakfast! I hope your children enjoy the journals. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  21. Jana

    I LOVE this idea! I know it’s a little late in the year, but we are going to do this with our Activity Day girls this week. Just a quick question… I would like to change the chart so it actually has something about journaling about the hero. Since the girls are all old enough to do that. Can I do that with the file you provided or do I need to recreate with the right headings? Thank you so much for your hard work!

    1. Sorry I didn’t reply sooner, Jana! I hope you got it figured out, and I hope the activity went well. πŸ™‚

  22. rocio gomez

    thank you , all the way from tijuana mexico I was just call to primary and I am looking for ideas , Im using all of them my e mail is
    los_gomez_29@hotmail.com please send me everythin you have for
    2016, my name is Rocio

    1. Hi Rocio! Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately there is no way for me to email everything I have for 2016. I have all of my idea split into categories. Just use the tabs at the top of my page to see the 2016 ideas. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!

  23. Rachelle

    Do you happen to have these in a 3×5 format still? I think they would wok splendid for the Come Follow Me this year!