Can only download magazines 1/5
Cannot download scriptures or lesson plans. Which nearly makes this app useless.
Love this App 5/5
I have been using this app to listen and read the scriptures and study gospel principles every chance I have. Bless the developers' hard work to make it easier to read and ponder every chance I have instead of playing meaningless games when I am idle.
Won't work 1/5
By CTR Friend
I'm not sure what's going on. Gospel Library updated and I can't get anything to download. No scriptures, no lessons, nothing!
App doesn't work 1/5
I've updated and now it won't open. Everything is blank. I've tried deleting and downloading again many times with the same results: app opens but it is blank.
Where is the audio - again? 2/5
Since the latest update I haven't been able to listen to any of the study materials except my scriptures, yet again. This is a recurring issue with the updates, like someone is forgetting to click the switch that says allow audio for the Church magazines. I can't read and drive at the same time, and that used to be the only time I had to get my Ensign articles for the month. It also skips forward many times when I do listen to my scriptures and if I'm not paying attention - like the other day - The app went from Alma 12 and skipped to Alma 26 as the next chapter. I'm glad I caught it, as I would have missed quite a bit of important scripture. I have deleted the app and reinstalled but nothing changes.
XXX dictionary??? 2/5
Of course we all know this is a 10-cow app...just trying to catch someone's attention!
So way back when, we used to be able to use the "define" option to simply DEFINE words, straight out of the dictionary. It was awesome. Now the "define" feature (using ANY given word—don't try "sanctify! 😬) takes me straight to some weird Wikipedia article, then a list of movies (mostly rated R) and movie covers that are totally inappropriate. Hard to feel the spirit! 😉 Please don't worry so much about connecting the define feature to everything in the web—just a simple dictionary would suffice! Thank you!!!
Won't download material 5/5
Whenever I try to download anything it leaves me with a highlighted circle in the thumbnail but it will not open.
I can't get any of the content to download on my phone so I have the app it just doesn't have a purpose cause nothing will download
The Truth Will Set You Free 4/5
By Cha Cha Blah Blah Moo Moo
groovy baby yeah,
the reality to life, the universe and everything is in this app and also 42
Fix Footnotes Feature 4/5
This update won't let me view different footnotes. Once I click on one, it won't pull up any other footnote references to other scriptures. The tab will open, but it shows the same references. This makes it hard to study and cross-reference scriptures. Other than that, this app is great!
Love it 5/5
By Laggy way to slow bdjdbd
I love this app! It makes everything easier to find and help my testimony of the church grow trough the smooth and efficient interface of the app! If you need the scriptures in your pocket, this is the best app!!
Works amazing, learn how to use it 5/5
Nothing is perfect. Take time to learn how to use the interface and it's amazing. How wonderful it is that the Lord has given us everything and it can fit in our pocket.
Some things to change :) 4/5
1. On an Apple iPad Air 2, every time I am in the notes and press the delete key like 3-8 times fast, it closes the whole Application!
2. On iPads, I strongly think the back button should be on the top left, not the bottom left, its awkward to reach.
3. Magnify the area to press around the "..." button when you go into your notes and need to update a note, it has to be pressed EXACTLY on the dots, or it won't respond and it's really hard!
4. Change the color of the words on the drop down bar to go back to previous pages from an underlined blue, to something else, it's hard to see in low light what the words are.
5. PLEASE CONSIDER THIS**** make an option in our notes to be able to make a list of all the HIGHLIGHTING and UNDERLINING options that we have, so we can make a label next to each color, etc, to identify what that specific color or highlight means to us for a reference to look back on in case we forget! :D THAT WOULD BE SOOO HELPFUL.
Great App 5/5
Gets good updates on a reasonable schedule. So convenient to have the scriptures with you all the time.
Its great i love it because sometimes i lose my scriptures
It keeps freezing or blipping where you get stuck on a scripture page and can't back out to the main menu page.
What did you do to it???? 1/5
This app has become so user unfriendly! I can't toggle between manuals anymore. Now the silly thing has frozen while trying to toggle to new lesson from the same manual! So frustrating!!! ARGGGG! It hath caused me to rend my garment!!!
the church is true 5/5
this app will save your life man. always responsive and easy to navigate around!
Where's the magazine audio? 3/5
By 11 frustrated
It seems to be later each month that the audio for the magazines is up. Please improve and get it up by the first of the month, if not sooner.
Dropped my access to Book 1 1/5
Can I rate it as no stars? Seriously, that's beyond crummy. Sure I can go back to the 1990s and start packing it around but I need notice that is going to happen.
Bad update 1/5
The new update is awful! I loved the way the other people read. Where do I go to find the old audio recording?
Needs audio 1/5
The app use to have audio options in all the magazines and that was the only time I would hear the messages in the ensign. Please bring this feature back! I will probably fall away if you don't.
Great app. I use it every day. 5/5
Update (July 2, 2017):
Still my favorite app in the world and it keeps getting better.
Check out tips at their Facebook page (GospelLibrary). Being able to highlight and take notes is awesome.
I just switched to Spanish for a while and came back to English. I love this app. I barely use my paper scriptures anymore. Thanks so much for all you do!
Previous Update (2015):
Great job! I love the "Choose Highlight" feature. I have struggled a few times in the past with multiple markings, so this feature is so welcome and useful. I have no idea when it was introduced, but I will no longer hesitate to have multiple highlights and notes on the same verse.
Thanks so much for all of you hard work! This app has always been wonderful, and it gets better all the time.
Much better 4/5
By Sunshine 59663
The new update is much smoother than other recent updates. 👍
Great update 5/5
The latest update is great.
Thanks for putting in the work and keeping this important app updated!
Articles of Faith Link 4/5
By Cap'n Boxhead
App is all wonderful, but I think there are some broken links. Searching for the Articles of Faith doesn't work.
I use it every day and really appreciate the enhancements that have been released over time.
By Realty junkie
This is a great app. I wish you had to start at the very beginning or home page each time you opened the app after you cleared it. That would make it easier
By Dallon qwerty
This is good
Great app 5/5
Great app to study scriptures. I'm so glad the church is on top of the digital scriptures age. Thank you for making this app free and of great quality!!!
amazing app 5/5
definitely an essential
Poor usability, and developers ignore feedback 1/5
By Peter Ahlstrom
This app used be be very good in the 2.5 version, but ever since then it has taken a huge step back. You can't change the font, and the margins are too wide for a small phone screen. The Doctrine and Covenants teacher manual is especially bad because most of the text is contained inside a pointless gray box, increasing the margin size even more.
I have been submitting feedback for the past three years about these usability issues, and not one issue has been adjusted. The developers or the people in charge of them simply do not care.
Longer review: Does not keep my place within a chapter
I tried to submit this yesterday via Gospel Library's built-in feedback function, but got a message today saying it was undeliverable. Fix your feedback function, app team!
We use the Gospel Library app to read scriptures as a family. I use AirPlay Mirroring to send the screen from my iPad Pro up to the TV screen via the AppleTV. So, here are my issues based on that.
We usually use the old version, Gospel Library 2.5. It has features we like a lot that are not in the newest version.
We tried 4.0 (or whatever the current version is) the last couple of weeks. There are two things we like: the text size can get larger than 2.5, and the feature to turn off the footnotes in 4.0 is also great for not distracting kids.
But we had to switch back to 2.5 for an important reason (beyond the other issues I will mention below): the 4.0 app keeps losing our place within a chapter!
We don't read a whole chapter at a time. Each child reads a few verses, and then we stop. The 2.5 version has no problem remembering which verse we are on, so we can open it up the next time and start right away.
In the 4.0 version, a couple times last week I opened up the app and found the chapter scrolled all the way down to the bottom. Then I had to scroll up and try to figure out exactly where we left off. This is a huge downgrade from 2.5. I don't think it happens all the time; maybe just when the app has been quit entirely?
Now, here are the other things in 4.0 that are a step backward.
- There are not enough available font sizes. In 2.5 you can pick the font size by number. In 4.0 you can only pick 7 sizes or so. And the top size is too big for us, but the next largest size is too small. We want a size in the middle. Please bring back font size granularity.
- The margin size is enormous in 3.0 and 4.0. The side margins added together take a third of the screen. This is a terrible use of space. On my iPhone 5c the huge margins combined with the font size I use with bad eyesight can make only one word appear per line instead of 3 words that would fit if the margins made any sense. On this screen I'm typing on right now to give this feedback, the margins are perfect—only one letter m width wide. On the scripture views the margins are simply too big and a huge waste of space.
- The font can be changed in 2.5 and it can't be changed in 4.0. This is bad for legibility. Not everyone finds the default font to be very legible.
So basically, 4.0 adds a couple features to the text that are nice, but overall it removes too many features to be as user friendly as 2.5 is for my family's needs.
I have brought up these issues before, but nothing has ever changed in 3.0 or 4.0, and that makes me very sad.
With iOS 11 coming out later this year, 32-bit applications like version 2.5 will cease working. So we will lose all of 2.5's good features forever. And that makes me upset.
Please update version 4.0 so it has the missing features. Or update version 2.5 so it is 64-bit and will run on iOS 11. (Also the Gordon B. Hinckley manual won't appear in 2.5.)
We are your users. Please don't drive your users away.
Update Crash 4/5
Hello, every time I open this app now it goes to update, does its update then just goes to a white screen. I am using and iPad. I love the app though when it is working right. Anyone else have this problem. On my android it updated and is working great. Thanks
Please enhance Duty to God tracking 3/5
I am the Duty to God coordinator in my ward. My wife also happens to be the Personal Progress coordinator.
Girls can update their personal progress and leaders can instantly see those updates. This is not the case for Duty to God.
Can you make it so we can update and see Duty to God progress in the same way?
This app freezes every time I try to access a specific set of notes I wrote. It's hard because I now do not have access to those notes, and every time I try to open them, the app freezes and I have to uninstall and reinstall the app all over again for it to do the same thing the next time. Would love a patch.
Good and getting better 3/5
First, I'm thankful the app authors read our reviews here and sometimes respond.
I was having freezes and crashes and wrote a review here mentioning this. The publisher responded, suggesting I remove the app from my iPad, and reinstall it. I did, and so far, I have not had a freeze or a crash. Thank you!
I am still experiencing glitches, like syncing errors between iOS and how my marked scriptures show on LDS.org, but at least now I can get through a study session without multiple crashes! 🙏🏽
Thanks for building this for us!
Everything's good, found a bug this morning 4/5
I was listening to general conference on my phone, I paused it from my lock screen on my iPhone, when I played it again I noticed it started over, when I unlocked the phone I realized it was playing the video instead of the audio I originally had started
This app has evolved to become really good 4/5
My only suggestion is to add a tool that reminds me to open it daily (at a time that I choose). Of course I can put it in my calendar. But my calendar already has too much crap in it.
I love this app! My only problem with it is that if I back up too far in a chapter or go back to a different/recent chapter the audio freezes. Once in a while if I let it sit for 30 seconds or so, it will come back on. But too often it doesn't. Shutting down my phone doesn't work so I have to delete the app and reinstall it. Besides that frustration I LOVE this app. Thank you SO much! iPhone6
By Jordan Roiz
I love this app!
Love the new update. Makes it easier to navigate and study. I love how a linked scripture now shows up alone in the sidebar rather than going over to the page. I love the new menu for marking scriptures, etc. The only thing I miss is the ability to highlight a whole scripture at once by double tapping the bottom.
One Small Problem 3/5
Overall, I want you to know I like all the content in the app. I like having everything there available to me. However, this last week I have found a huge bug. The app keeps crashing after only two minutes or less. I have noticed that this happens very consistently with the seminary manuals (specifically Book of Mormon, which I use with my personal study) and sometimes with the scripture recordings themselves. What's more is that it does not save any changes I make when it crashes. I have to make a couple changes and quickly close the app before it crashes to save anything. I am in the middle of Elder Talmadge's book, so I really hope this does not affect other books (having good luck so far:) Thanks
By Kamas wing
This is top notch, always updating, quick and responsive, interactive. Is there any better place to be enlightened on the go?
I love this app but now when I go to open it it doesn't work anymore the update page comes up then a white blank screen comes up please fix this..😅
Great App - sign in requirement are terrible 1/5
I love the app, but the fact that now I have to re-sign in every time I start the app and add annotations is ridiculous! You guys have to fix this..
I love your app and really appreciate the constant effort you make to improve it. I love the tags, bookmarks and above all, the ability to annotate the scriptures and even the introductory verses. I also love the option to listen to both the female or male voices. This is without a doubt my most important and cherished app and helps me so much with my Scripture study. I love the multi language features and the fact I can effortlessly switch back and forth between languages. SUGGESTION: please bring back the old Joseph Smith History audio. The new one has long pauses that are distracting.
Just download it 5/5
If your LDS or investigating the church and want scriptures, lessons, talks and hymns on your device, pick this up.
Doesn't Work 2/5
Love the app but new version won't open on ipad
AMAZING!!!! LUV IT 5/5
This app is sooo awesome!!! You can read conference talks, scriptures, hymns etc... you can also listen too them!! I recommend this highly so you should get this app right now!!!