Update causes me to lose my place in the institute manual when I switch between windows/pages! 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.
I typically have multiple windows/pages open as I study; one has the scriptures and the other the Institute manual (I'm currently in the Old Testament). When I switch between pages the Institute Manual loses its place. So I have to scroll a long way to find my last place EVERY TIME I swap pages.
BEST Later-Day Saint scripture app!!
Does not keep my place within a chapter 1/5
By Peter Ahlstrom
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.
Great resources BUT... 5/5
By Our life is Good!!
Love the info which is in this app but I would like to know why the Constitution is not a part of this app? We know that this document is sanctioned by God!
Page numbers 4/5
I would really like for the presidents of the church series to have page numbers that correspond with the printed manual. I teach HP, and this change would be most helpful in this calling.
It's Mormon 5/5
That's it. 😉👌🏼
Fix Bookmarks. New reading voices are horrid! 3/5
Update fixed a lot of the major issues, however the reading voices are still too robotic. If an option to listen to the original reading voice was added, as well as the new voices, I would give 5 stars.
Mostly good 4/5
Lately, whenever I switch out of the app and come back, it is frozen and I have to close and reopen it to use it again
Two feature requests..... 5/5
I have two request for this app. 1) Make the margins a little smaller.
2) Add a scroller in the right side for verses and chapters. It doesn't have to be visible until you scroll on it but it would be very helpful to go a specific verse quicker.
Amazing app! Nothing like it! 5/5
I've had this app for a while now and it has always worked great! It has all the content you would ever need to plan anything, whether it's family home evening lesson, seminary or a sacrament meeting talk. And it makes it easy to study the scriptures alone and as a family. My only complaint is that it's super difficult to do the scripture narrative, because every character comes as just one audio file. So if you want to listen to the second half of a chapter, you have to scrub though the narrative to find the verse you want to start with (very annoying). But other than that, it's a very solid app and has lots of great features. I highly recommend this app for anyone who wants to come closer to Heavenly Father.
As an app developer myself I'm really pleased with the direction this app is heading. A great experience of study, multi-platform syncing and comfortable reading.
Much better 4/5
The new version was so frustrating. All my notes were lost and the chapters skipped around So many bugs and issues. I finally just deleted the app. Then I reinstalled it. All my notes came back!!!! I was pretty happy about that. I now have high hopes that the other bugs will be resolved too.
MAJOR steps back 2/5
Just give the options of how to display links please!
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.
Love It! 5/5
It's a work in progress, but gets better with every update.
I love it! 4/5
By Mary Scheckman
This app is awesome! The only thing I miss from the old version is the ability to undo highlighting.
I noticed it skips segments and even entire chapters. It never happened while using an Android phone. Doesn't it only happen with iPhones or is it due to the update?
Resets my reading page now 5/5
Great app! A wonderful study tool for the scriptures and gospel materials! I love how I can tag scriptures, talks, and other study material by topic. It makes teaching or giving a talk easier because I already have all my scriptures and/or teachings from other materials together since I tag them by topics like faith, the atonement, the importance of family, prayer, etc.!
More options, please. 3/5
By Berry k hill
I miss having the footnotes at the bottom while I read on my phone. Bring them back, please or make it an option instead of the side screen. Allow an option to have it at the bottom or if someone clicks the footnote, have the window come in on the side like it does now. I hate having to go in and out of the side screen to see if it's a reference or clarification. I loved the old way where the footnote would scroll as I read along.
Also, please make the audio option accessible at all times. Having the option pop up only at the beginning of the chapter makes it so much harder to pick up where you leave off. Maybe let it have it's own button when you're in full screen along with bookmark, search, etc . There's enough space for it.
It frequently freezes when I'm trying to make notes and especially when I try to highlight. Maybe because I'm playing the audio as well.
Some of the text stops scrolling too early. I have to keep pushing the screen up to read what's at the last part of the chapter. This is a new problem since the major update. Makes it impossible to highlight the very end of the chapter and difficult to read.
The last option I'd like to see is classic audio. The new readers read with less passion than the previous. I miss that energy and excitement.
What happened 4/5
Great app but with this last update when listening to the app on my iPhone it is now skipping chapters. Hope this gets fixed. All the other fixes are great.
Spiritually Strengthening 5/5
Whenever I open this app and read the words of true prophets, it feels my heart with peace and joy. I love it!
It has everything 4/5
I love how it has everything you can think of. Scriptures, of course, but also all church magazines, teaching manuals, church videos, etc. I taught seminary using my phone. lol.
It seems to have a new glitch though & that is the audio doesn't work anymore. I like listening to my scriptures, but that feature only occasionally works. I'd delete & reinstall, but I'm afraid of losing all my highlighted scriptures & bookmarks by doing that.
great app but... HUGE? 3/5
i love this app and it makes finding all church media very easy but it takes up way too much of my very limited 16GB space on my iPhone. There definitely has to be some more ways to prevent the 150+MB space that this app uses.
New version not transferring notes and highlights 3/5
Downloaded the app to a new iPad and none of my notes and highlights transferred over. Will hope this will be resolved quickly through an update.
Where's Apple Pencil integration?? 4/5
By Annoyed 92
Great app, love how everything is synched across devices, I would love to have an Apple Pencil integration with the iPad so I can highlight and write in margins with the Apple Pencil, makes it easier than just creating a note. I think this would be a great addition to an already great app.
Audio Skips Entire Chapters 3/5
Is anybody else having this issue? I'll be listening to a chapter, then when it finishes, instead of going directly to the next chapter, it automatically skips to the end, sometimes skipping through multiple chapters, until it finally starts at the beginning of a new chapter. Please fix this issue...thank you!!
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!
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!