Love it 5/5
Well, I personally like the ideas of the new update, but the app now has some problems. For instance, it freezes often when marking and requires you to restart the app and try again a couple times before it'll mark properly, especially when marking a large amount of verses. The app also crashes frequently when changing chapters and when attempting to visit a search result. Typing in the search bar is also a problem, as it is incredibly laggy and takes about a second for each character typed to actually show up. Overall, the app is just very slow and unstable, but I like the idea of it.
By Cyrill Wolfe
I don't mind the other minor changes, but changing the notes feature the way they have is very frustrating and not useful. Notes need to be viewable at the same time as the text - and scroll with the text as it did before the update.
And the notes tags on the side should be the same color as the highlighted text to which they correspond.
Where did my narrator go? Bring him back please!! 1/5
I use to love listening to the scriptures. Now it's painful. The old version had a gentleman with a powerful voice the allowed me to feel the scriptures in a way that was meaningful. The new generic male and female voices sound monotonous. WHY?????
Please please please bring back the prior narrator's voice.
I will change my review to 5 stars if they bring back the non-robot narrator.
Modern Miracle 5/5
By R.S.K family
So grateful to have direction from Heavenly Father so easily accessible. Thank you for developing this app with so much great content.
Bring back 2.5
Fix the sidebar! 1/5
I have both version 4 and 2.5 on my phone. I have stopped using version 4 for a few reasons: I cannot read with the sidebar open and I cannot scroll through the sidebar. I like that you can highlight all content [unlike 2.5] but I can't see all my annotations in one place. It is also hard for me to view annotations in the content, especially when tapping. I like 2.5 much better.
Pros- lots of media to choose from
Cons- God is fake
Please fix! 1/5
Any link in a lesson manual I try comes up blank if it comes up at all. The best feature for me before the update was the ability to follow the instructor through the lesson by using the links provided in the manual. I am unable to do this with the latest update. It makes this app obsolete for me during class. Please fix the links.
My updated version removed BOM 1/5
By Mike wants old version back
I want the original version back. Today I hit my bookmark to start again where I'd left off. It couldn't be found. In fact, the entire Book of Mormon is gone from my library. Add that to the fun of loading, deleting and loading 3 times in order for it download the new audio.
I want the old version back please.
Highlighting is an issuer 1/5
I love this app, but I wish I could unhighlight after highlighting. It makes it very difficult to annotate.
Changes have made the app less useful 1/5
Not impressed with the new app. My iPhone copy of the Book of Mormon simply disappeared. I have deleted and reinstalled but when I log back into the app it disappears again.
Really dislike the new way of saving bookmarks.
Hope they correct the errors quickly.
Wonderful update 5/5
The app runs better now than it used to. I haven't had any of the problems other reviewers are having or are concerned about. The 5 stars are because it was previously good and now just as good, even a bit better.
Love This Blessing of an App! 5/5
By Ann's Husband, Glen
It is marvelous!
It might not be perfect yet, but I LOVE the new innovations to the app! The team must have been working around the clock to get this update finished - it has so many new features and makes studying even easier! I'm a fan!
New Update 2/5
By Chelsey Gillen
I can no longer listen to the Ensign talks, which I loved to do. Much like everyone else, I also liked having the footnotes at the bottom and have them all pulled up together. Not individually. Hoping these things will come back. Thank you.
Horrible Update 1/5
The latest update is so terrible that I have gone back to using my physical scriptures and lesson manuals. Navigation is clumsy and difficult. Notes don't display nicely. Links are awkward to use. The colors for highlighting are way too light--it's difficult to see them or the differences in the colors. I formerly used the app extensively to prepare and teach lessons but now I've had to revert to old school methods, because, frankly, they're much better than this app.
Great app 5/5
By DoubleC WM
Needs bug fixes 3/5
By Mucho bueno
It seems to jump ahead on my scriptures if I stop on alma 5 I'll find it on alma 7 or 8 the next day in multiple scriptures or ensign articles it never did that before
Love It! 5/5
By Mama Painter
It has added a new depth to my scripture study by allowing me to quickly jump around to all of the references. I also love tagging scriptures under headings that I can reference easily. I have not figured out the note taking yet and how that is suppose to work. I would like to be able to record my thoughts easily after I read.
They have updated this app and I am not liking how long it takes to save a tag. It used to save instantly now each one can take a minute or two.
App keeps freezing 1/5
Since the most recent update, I've found this app to be extremely frustrating. The app continually freezes or crashes, I can't access my notebooks completely, the notes I've written are separate instead of being included with the standard cross references as before, chapters suddenly disappear while I'm reading, and the highlights don't line up with the text half of the time. Please fix this app!
4.0 many bugs 1/5
Nice new features, but a major step backward in stability. The app is much slower now. Scrolling often freezes up, and I have to go back to clear up an get it to work again. Sometimes I can't get the hidden menus to reappear. The worst part is when it is not responsive I don't know if I need to quit, or just wait! Sometimes it starts working again if I wait 30 seconds. I am having much trouble with the split view. Very annoyed that the app now requires me to log in once per day. It never used to require that.
They changed the voice to an automated robot voice?! This day in age? It's 2017 not 1999.
The rest of the app is okay I guess.
No Book of Mormon 1/5
The newest update just loaded automatically on my phone and, lo, and behold, no Book of Mormon. If you find that an important standard work, don't download the newest version.
Best app I have! Incredible support! 5/5
The Gospel Library team is a responsive one. I used the screenshot and report tool for a major problem I was having (Book of Mormon deleting itself) and they emailed me back saying the problem was fixed within two days. And it is! The changes they have made to this app are incredible.
I love the various themes you can select (particularly Sepia) because it makes it easier to read for long periods of time. The scripture linking tool is very effective and I love the notes section and changes they've made to highlighting.
I do miss being able to view the entire footnote section at times but I like the direct link they have to the footnote you click, it's more efficient.
As always, the Church delivers!
Storage hog 1/5
The new version is eating up the limited storage I already have on my phone. I don't hardly use it except at church, so I can't think what would be causing this. Hope they get it fixed soon.
New Update is terrible- Audio 1/5
If it wasn't for the scriptures, this app would've recieved one star. Taking away the names on each selected option forces you to play a game of memory and guess which icon does which. I dont want to guess which button is for my notes, tags, highlights etc. Quit making it worse!
Noooo! You've officially ruined this apps experience for me! I used to love listening to the audio and now I hate it. Why did you change the male narrators voice? He doesn't speak with authority or confidence, he sounds weak and his voice isn't as deep. He sounds like he has a cold and is holding in a sneeze! This makes a huge difference for me as far as recieving the word of God through Audio please give us the option to change the pict of the narrators voice.
Better (mostly), except… 2/5
By C. Morrell
It crashes. It crashes over and over and over. And it can be very hard to select something in order to highlight or mark it. Please oh please fix this.
(Review given about performance when running on 12.9" iPad Pro)
Tagging is broken 1/5
By JV Good
When I try and tag something, when I click "Save" the app freezes and I have to close the app and reopen. Gets really annoying trying to study and mark up scriptures when I have to close it all the time.
I do like the new way cross references work. I wish you could tag, highlight, and annotate them as well.
Audio Issues 1/5
By Fix the audio issues
Since the last two updates there are multiple audio issues! Please fix ASAP! We love listening to church media, especially the Ensign, in the car and at home. This is extremely frustrating! We have reset the app, turned the devices off and on and NOTHING fixes the issues! Please, please fix!!!!!
Love the update! 5/5
Thank you for everything you do!
Not very happy with this update 2/5
Like others my Book of Mormon disappeared. I deleted the app and reinstalled. Before I signed in it was there but after I signed in it was gone. A few hours latter it came back. So far it is still there. Also why can I listen to General Conferences and the magazines from 2016 but not from Jan 2017? I love listening to these as I go about my daily tasks and now I cannot. I was exited to be able to underline more things but at what cost? I do like that if you click on a reference it keeps you on your current page. I have gotten lost before clicking on references.
Teacher Manual??? 2/5
Why did the teachers manuals get deleted? On all of my devices the teachers manual has disappeared. The student study guides are there, but I can no longer plan my lesson from the app. 😞
Major problem! 1/5
Since the latest update I can't access the D&C Teachers manual, only the student manual. I tried deleting the app and reinstalling. With the reinstall I can download the teachers manual but I don't have any of my bookmarks unless I sign in to my account. Once I sign in to get my bookmarks I loose the teachers manual again. I teach gospel doctrine and this is not good. Not good at all! We've been encouraged to use digital manuals so I don't even have a printed manual. PLEASE fix this ASAP!!
Gospel library 1/5
By Con common
I loose portions of the app in the middle of studying teacher manual. Too confusing spend a lot of time trying to recover lost notes and manuals. Deleted this mess!
Please Fix it! 1/5
I just received a new iPad and unfortunately the app I used for my scriptures was no longer available, so I thought no worry I will use the one that I have on my iPhone, so I downloaded it and I have spent weeks taking my notes and highlights from my old iPad and putting them on my new one and then much to my disappointment when I went to read my scriptures yesterday the Book of Mormon was gone from this app, but only on my iPad, so I deleted it even though I knew I would lose a lot of work but since all that work had gone over to my phone I thought "No Worry it's in the cloud and I will be able to have it again"....boy did I think wrong. ITS ALL GONE! I could not even write a review on my iPad. I am so bummed! PLEASE FIX IT!
I'm very sorry I updated to version 4 1/5
I wish I had read the reviews before updating. I agree with what others have said.
Yes, there are a few new features that are nice. Now you can annotate chapter headings and list items, format your own notes, adjust the width of the panel that displays footnotes, you can edit your notes while looking at them in notebook/tag section, and the text of verses linked by footnote is displayed in the panel next to the text you're reading -- you can still go to the linked chapter if you wish.
None of those new features are worth what was lost. If your own annotations are important to you, then you definitely will not want to update to this version. Annotations are now displayed one at a time. Sometimes (but not always) notes are displayed separately from tags and links. You can never be sure what you're going to see and in fact I'm not sure I can ever see all the annotations I've added.
If you've added many annotations as I have, it becomes very confusing what you're looking at. Navigation is so cumbersome that it is a distraction to serious study.
When you follow a verse link the footnote panel is always closed. When you follow a tag the footnote panel is always opened.
Text selection, colors, .... I could go on with more things that are not good.
I wish I could go back to version 3. I expect you will too if you update to this.
Latest version is broken 1/5
• The highlighting colors are so faded that I can't tell red from pink, yellow from orange …
• yesterday while reading in 1 Nephi I tried to swipe from the right and completely deleted the B.M. from the app. Had to delete the app and re-download.
• Marking pop up doesn't display wastebasket in some situations.
• Not a fan of having footnotes pop over from right. Liked the old way where I could see the JST and original at same time on iPhone.
The ONLY thing I like about this version is the ability to highlight chapter intros.
Summary: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
With the recent update, most of the Sunday School manuals are no longer accessible on my app. I like to study the lesson prior to class, and I don't have access to the teachers manual anymore. It is inconvenient to nit have access to manuals I have cross referenced because they are currently not available.
I think this a great app. It's free and awesome.
Do it right 1/5
If you do an update, do it right. My Book of Mormon was deleted and I had to reinstall the app.
Missing content 5/5
The doctrine and covenants and church history teacher Manuel is not in the app anymore. Makes it hard to prepare a lesson without it.
The improvements have been nothing but helpful, but I do wish there was a setting to use the old footnotes instead.
Needs some work yet 2/5
By JAH mt
I have enjoyed some of the new capabilities. However there are some glitches. My problem today is that the Book of Mormon disappeared! And there's no way to download it!
Great Application - But 2/5
This is a great application and the LDS Church continutes to build its capabilities. That said, it is unstable. On the day this review was submitted the Appliation dumped the Book of Mormon from its scripture library. That's a serious flaw. To get it back you have to delete the App, reload the application to your device and re-download all the media. For me that activity will take hours, which I cannot spare. So, definately get this application, but, also get some 3rd Party scripture applications to back this one up.
Book of Mormon missing 4/5
Title says it all. App no longer contains the Book of Mormon.
Problems, problems 2/5
When I first downloaded this new version, I lost all my notes, markings and annotations. I shrugged it off and started over again. Today, after reading in the Book of Enos and trying to close the app, I lost The Book of Mormon completely, no longer in the scriptures. There go my notes, annotations etc all over again. How do I get The Book of Mormon back in the scriptures?
I haven't had a problem with the app and absolutely loved it... until this morning. For some reason, my Book of Mormon in the app has disappeared. I've re-downloaded the app several times and every time I go to turn a page in the Book of Mormon, it just disappears. It's so frustrating because all I want to do is read my scriptures without the hassle of slipping real pages.
We were reading the Book of Mormon, Jacob 6. When we switched to Jacob 7, the Book of Mormon disappeared from the app! It does not appear in the library. This happened on two iPhones at the same time.....about 9:35 am Eastern Time
Big Bug 2/5
There is a major bug on the latest role out. While reading the Book of Mormon today, I swiped left on the page I was on. Instead of moving a page back, it erased the entire BOM from the App. There is no way for some reason, to re-download the BOM while in the App. And if you erase the app and re-download a fresh version - once I signed back in, it erased the BOM from the App again. This is very frustrating - and needs to be fixed ASAP.
Further, there is no real medium or location to get technical assistance from the Church on this App. The Help Center on LDS.org provides no venue to report or receive help. And when I clicked on the comment section for Apple - it took me to a page from 2014 for the Church with some comments and no responses. There needs to be a better way to get assistance when there are problems - or at least a better way to communicate bugs as we find them.