Glad we're back to 5 star experience 5/5
By One who prefers to listen
Thanks for all the annotation bug fixes. GL has re-earned its 5 ⭐️s status!
Great update... BUT... 5/5
By Adam Ashbaker
The update is great but still missing is an Apple TV app and an Apple Watch app. And Apple Watch app would be great to put your favorite scriptures verses on so you can share them or memorize them by keeping them on the Watch app. An Apple TV app would be super useful for family scripture reading! Also there are other smalls things that should be added. For example notifications for personal scripture study or for family scripture study. When you get the notification and tap on it it could take you straight into where you left off for you personal reading or family reading. Also please add 3D Touch to the home screen so you can jump right in to certain things. For example you could make the option be: search, new tab, personal study, family study. You should also add iCloud sync and the ability to make certain scriptures as certain things. So you could tag this chapter as your current chapter for person scripture study and that would sync across all devices. Or you could tag one as where you are at in your family study, or for seminary. And then everything could be synced. You would also be able to log in online and view where you are at in your personal, family, seminary reading. That way you never lose your place and it's always up to date. So many small features like these would be so helpful. Please add!
Great new features! 5/5
I love that I can annotate everything! Great update!
Love it but... 4/5
I love gospel library. However, I just upgraded phones yesterday and none of my highlights, or notes were transferred to new phone. I'm sick over this.
Update 😡 2/5
The most recent update has some frustrating features and bugs. The most noticeable and pointed out by MANY others is the chapter resetting when your phone goes to lock screen. Not super convenient when you are trying to fit scripture study time in around all other duties to be attended to as a working mom. Otherwise the update is fine.
App Loses Last Reading Place 1/5
By CTR Man 1830
Love the app, Hate the version.
For the last couple of months our last reading place moves a couple chapters each morning we open it, which is maddening and affects family and individual study time. This occurs on my wife's iPhone 6S and my iPhone 7.
Developers, this app is too important not to fix this issue and I'm surprised it's gone on for so long.
Also, please scrap the robotic audio reading and go back to real people who read the scriptures with greater sincerity and feeling vs the current androgynous tone (no matter how hard it tries to sound like real people).
I'll give 1 star to get your attention, after the issues are fixed, I'll change it back to 5 stars.
Thanks for this app, which helps fulfill the prophecy of flooding the earth with the word of God in the Latter Days!
The New Audio is Terrible 2/5
It sounds like Siri is reading the scriptures to me. The inflections and pauses are very unnatural.
Loses place in scriptures 1/5
I've had the same issues as others. We read scriptures every night at dinner time with our family. We have 4 kids ages 7 and below so we often stop when they are getting antsy. But the next day, our place is gone where we left off and it's back at the beginning of the chapter. This is only since the update. I've never written a review for an app but I'm hoping this brings some attention because it's very frustrating for not only our family scripture study but also our personal study.
I would have given this app 5 stars prior to the update. Although the update features really good new features it's loaded with bugs. Such as if you are reading you'll go to swipe down and you'll magically be transported to the top of the chapter or even another chapter!
Lost all my past work 1/5
Please fix. When I listen to scriptures it will skip way ahead or to a random place. If I try to go to the next chapter manually it will pop somewhere else. If I try to listen again to a chapter it will not let me. It will keep moving to the end or to where I had stopped before.
Update is frustrating! 1/5
Who ever decided that blue links in lessons will not take you to the chapter in the scriptures, but only the scriptures THEY want read is doing us a disservice. Often in class we read scriptures above or continue reading below, as best fits the discussion in the class. Please change that option back! Also, dark grey writing on a light grey background? Several people in our Gospel Doctrine class have commented on this change as making the reading much more difficult in lessons.
Updated version is worse. 2/5
Most of the organizational and search tools are worse rather than better. Also, page numbers disappeared. The newest update is a regression rather than progression. Please restore the previous functioning. Don't make it worse again. This is a very important app. Someone made it worse.
This app is great
Bad release, full of bugs 1/5
By LeStrange 4567
I have experienced all of the issues reported by the other reviewers. This version is bad enough that I pine for the previous version.
Did anyone test this major release??
Major Bugs - Should Not Have Released 1/5
The new version is so full of catastrophic bugs, crashing so much as to be virtually useless. Completely interferes with my studies. They shuld roll back to the last major release until they fix the problems.
Please fix! 2/5
This version is so frustrating because it resets to the top of the chapter every time I exit out. So frustrating! It makes studying so much harder! Please fix so that it maintains your place on a particular verse or paragraph within chapters of scriptures and manuals!!!
I understand each update has bugs, but this most recent one has ruined some functionality I used to use on a regular basis. I like to listen to the Scriptures as I walk to class, and for some reason the update has made it practically impossible to load the audio files have a chapter, either on Wi-Fi or cell network. I want to completed my 10 minute walk to campus with the app open, waiting the whole time for the audio to begin playing. No idea why this is happening, but I would love it if this could get fixed.
Having the scriptures at my fingertips is GREAT! BUT, the app freezes when you try and open it 50% of the time; and the music section is unfortunately all instrumental. And if you download the scriptures you cannot play them anymore so you're always using your data or wifi to hear the scriptures.
Good App 5/5
It continues to be a well made software.
Footnotes 👎🏻 3/5
When I read, like in the New Testament, I liked how it was before with the footnotes at the bottom. You could read with the footnotes pulled up like in the scriptures, that's how I would read like the JSTs. This is so frustrating that they are on the side now please change it!!!!!!!!!!!
Version 4 getting better, but still flawed 3/5
Version 4 has some nice features that could be an improvement over version 3 (e.g., being able to mark additional material). But the challenges still outweigh the benefits. From little issues like the footnotes appearing in reverse order (1d, 1c, 1b, 1a instead of 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d), to bigger issues like instability and crashes, version 4 has too many flaws to be enjoyable. I have to wonder why an app with this many problems could be rolled out without the problems being caught during testing. If the issues are ever fully resolved -- and that seems to be a big if given how long it has taken just to get version 4 to be nearly as useful as version 3 -- this could be an actual upgrade over version 3. But it isn't there yet. I miss version 3.
Annotations don't sync prior to install 2/5
For whatever reason when I go to LDS.org all of my annotations show up, but on both my iPhone 7 plus and my iPad pro, when I install the app and log in, only notes that I've made post install show up but none of my previous annotations, except for some in "Preach My Gospel. Also Bookmarks didnt sync over to the ipad until I went in and updated each one on my phone first. This used to not be the case.
Loses my place in a chapter 2/5
As many others here have reported, the app doesn't maintain the previous scroll position for the current chapter when reactivated.
I love it!
Can there please be an update so there can be a "Scripture Of The Day" widget for all smart phones
New update needs an old update 3/5
By I am a sexy beast
I like to listen to the scriptures when I get ready but the new reader has me bored to death. It's like listening to a person just learning to read with no emotion or story telling ability! It would be cool if the old reader was an option in audio options along with male or female reader option. Please bring back the old readers!!!
Great App, but where did the Audio go? 3/5
Our family loves this App, but the Audio for listening to the magazines is gone. My kids and I love listening to the new Friend magazine each month on the way to school every day, but since the January 2017 issue and all the ones following, we have not been about to listen to it at all! PLEASE FIX THE AUDIO FOR THE MAGAZINES!
Update causes me to lose my place when I leave the app... 1/5
By Too bad:(
I love this app, it has really helped my scripture study...not sure where to submit bug reports so I figured a one-star post is the best way to do so.
When we read scriptures as a family we always stop reading random spots. I also use the Institute manuals for my personal study. I used to be able to close the app and it would remember the exact spot I was last reading. Now, if I close it, and let it sit for a while it restarts at the beginning of the chapter (this is especially painful in the institute manual).
New updates, frustrating 2/5
I love so much about this app,.... BUT....
The new updates are cool, however other things are now worse. I have to go to my bookmarks twice, every time. The first click goes to the beginning of the chapter. Then there seconds time I click it, it goes to the right verse.
Duty to God tracking is TERRIBLE. In my ward, I am responsible for helping boys with duty to God. Adding notes and plans used to be much nicer. Now, it's just like adding notes to a verse. You have to highlight, and then click to add a note. The boys don't like this update. It has become more tedious. Please go back to the old way. ALSO, as leaders we have ZERO visibility into their progress. Why have you created leader visibility for Personal Progress, but still haven't done so for Duty To God?
MAJOR steps back 2/5
Version 4.0.3- 2 stars from 1
Nice the user notes are displayed in the side bar. Still, very slow, clunky, and other problems. When you click on a link and it shows you the full scripture in the side, it is a cumbersome way to do it. Before, it would simply take you to the reference. Either way, it was one click to view and once click to go back. However, the old way where you go tot he verse, you could see the context and explore. As nearly all of the changes in version 4, the old way was superior.
Also, the narrator voices are terrible. Particularly the Old Testament. A few updates ago they changed from the amazing narrator with the English accent to the very poor female substitute (style, not gender, is the problem). If you want to hear that fantastic narrator again, I could only find it on the Old Testament audio CD's from the church.
This was a terrible update for anyone who uses this app to teach lessons or for serious study. Having to click on footnotes one at a time is super cumbersome. Also, you can't glance at footnotes while reading, it is so much more clumsy and pointless. It worked so much better.
PLEASE go back to where you could see all notes, links, and footnotes while reading. Having them separate from the text and each other is the equivalent of turning off and starting your car at every stoplight and stop sign. SO much more efficient before.
I hate how they use symbols instead of words for the links, notes etc. How do you expect someone who is not computer literate to figure this out? They just won't use it, when it is such a wonderful study tool.
Just go back to the old way of notes, please! A well oiled machine got taken apart and put together sloppily.
I'm guessing there is a new manager in charge of this project and wants to make changes that make the app prettier for casual users but at the expense of power for serious users. I hope they see the changes made for the sake of changes or their own ego IS MAKIG PEOPLE NOT READ THEIR SCRIPTURES AS EFFECTIVELY. Change for the sake of change is foolishness.
Tremendous blessing; thank you! 5/5
I'm so happy with the available content in this app and the overall improvements. One thing: now that there is a female voice available when listening to the scriptures, I can't access the male voice. Changing the male/female voice settings makes no difference; it is always female now. If that could be resolved I would be even more grateful:-)
Maps don't focus 1/5
All the Church historical maps are unreadably blurry. They never sharpen up.
Gospel Library😱😱😱😱😱😱 5/5
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Works great 5/5
No major issues, works great!
Update Ruined the Functionality 1/5
I wish I could give the app more stars. Before the update I would have. The app used to save my place now it doesn't. Anytime the app is closed or I accidentally swipe past the chapter I am reading it goes back to the beginning of the chapter and I have to waste time trying to figure out where I am. Also if I try to highlight a verse it freezes the app almost every time so I have to shut down the app which puts me back at the beginning of the chapter again wasting time. I like using my phone for scripture reading but this update is making that very hard! I don't like how it's hard to swipe to a new chapter the footnotes pull up instead. Trying to have the Spirit while reading the scriptures with this app is impossible because I am just angry with the app the whole time. If you wanted to ruin the ease of scripture reading with the app so people would go back to reading hardcopies you have done a good job! Don't try and fix what isn't broken next time!
Freezes up 2/5
By Balancing girl
Every time I go to mark a verse or section I have to delete the app and reinstall because it freezes up.
Was great 2/5
This app was great but now i have to downgrade it.
-I read the BOM to my kids at night but they only last a few verses at a time. I used to open the app and start where we left off. Now the app starts at the beginning of the chapter. I then have to try and find our spot while the kids grow restless.
-Old version allowed me have white letters on black background. Since the update I can't find where to turn that feature back on. I have to invert the colors of my entire ipad.
Sorry for the low rating but these are major issues to me
Lost all markings and notes! 2/5
When I updated my app all of my scripture markings and notes were gone! I even logged into my account and now can't find them anywhere. I'm so sad since I had been reading for years on the app and had many things marked. I also don't like how the bookmarks never work and it doesn't save where I had been reading. Another thing it does is when you advance to the next chapter it is always at the end of the next chapter and you have to scroll all the way to the top to begin reading again. Sorry to complain but I wanted you to know so that this app can be all it's meant to be. Thanks!
Still problems with freezing 3/5
I have always loved this app, especially the capability of highlighting text. However, following the last two updates, the screen freezes when I attempt to highlight making it necessary to completely shut down. I really hope you're continuing to work on fixing this problem. Very disruptive and frustrating during serious scripture study.
What Happened? 2/5
The latest version doesn't save your spot (where you stopped reading) in the scriptures. Please fix this!
By Sunshine 59663
There are times when I love this app, and happily listen to the scriptures. There are other times where I'm ready to throw my phone across the room because I'm having trouble highlighting something. *sigh* everything was much easier to use before what the youth in my ward call "the update of doom" (update 4.0). Please fix!
I like the new landscape view
Lots of new features that make studying fun. All of my old notes and tags look great in the new app.
Please have Links link both ways not just from the one you select first.
Good, but frustrating at times 4/5
The content is great! The ability to mark conference talks is infuriating!!!!! There have been multiple times over several conferences that I have downloaded where entire sections of the talk I'm not able to mark anything, and then the other times when I can mark things I'm forced to select the entire paragraph instead of the phrase or sentence I want to mark. I use this app on iPhone, iPod, and iPad and have the same issue on each device. Would be nice to have that fixed it makes the best quotes become the bane of my existence because I can't mark them!
Fix it! 1/5
Please fix the Book of Mormon. I'm getting very frustrated with listing to it because it keeps skipping chapters. I have to keep an eye on it in order to listen to every chapter
Bad update 2/5
Ever since the new update, this app does not save my place. Like a previous reviewer stated, every time I open it, it's at the chapter heading, rather than where I left off. It is very annoying!
I like to listen to the Book of Mormon in the mornings - over and over again. Since this new update, the app keeps skipping over chapters and even entire books because I have already 'read' them. When it opens a new chapter, the app needs to reset the audio instead of showing it has a already been read/listened to. As it is now, the app skips to 1 Nephi chapter 5, then to 3rd Nephi chapter 18, then to a chapter in Ether, and finishes with Moroni chapter 10. I would really like to listen to everything in between as well. Please fix it. Ugh.
Loses place when reading 1/5
In between reading the chapter or the talk goes back to the top instead of staying on the verse I ended on. This is unlike previous versions. Please fix.
No saving my spot anymore 2/5
I am having the exact same issue as Al234512. It is very difficult to remember where my wife and I are reading and where I am reading because I rarely read the entire chapter since we go through the footnotes. Otherwise, I have loved the app. In fact, I love the change with the sliding out footnotes! I'm not sure if the jumping up to the top of the page issue is just a bug but my wife and I hope there is a fix soon.
Doesnt remember my last place 3/5
No complaints about this app until the last update. Since the last update the app doesn't remember where I left off in the middle of a chapter. It automatically scrolls to the top of the chapter every time I open to read. Please fix!!!!!
Incredible resource. 5/5
The most used app on my iPad and iPhone. Love all the improvements. The ease of adding notes and creating notebooks and the way the footnotes appear in a side bar connecting all the cross-references together is brilliant. Major changes on a completely free app. It has no equal.