Getting rid of the forward button is a huge step back 2/5
Several improvements, I think all content can be downloaded at once in larger categories, I really like conference by speaker. Seems to download much faster. Content updates are absolutely excellent. I’m finding more and more great stuff added.
The navigation design has been majorly downgraded (again). We should just go back to version 3 navigation, it is far superior.
Why get rid of the forward button???? Now there’s just a blank spot. Instead of easily going back and forth I can only go backward. Oh the irony of this update...
When I want to link something, it’s usually something I was just reading. Before it was fast and effective. Now, clicking the link button puts you to back to the top of the library. Why??? Now I need to find it all over which can be a huge process (if you’re doing this a lot).
Whoever is determined to make the app look pretty at the expense of functionality needs to talk to people who actually use the app for studying to see how cumbersome the changes are.
-I miss where if you clicked on one of your links it takes you to the link’s location instead of a side panel. The side bar is cumbersome and a weaker way of doing things, particularly for study or teaching.
-the sidebar was better on the iPhone where it was on the bottom of the screen and the size was adjustable. Now, when I read my scriptures I simply don’t look at any links or footnotes. It makes no difference for casual scripture reading, but it is a HUGE step back for scripture study.
Missing primary! 3/5
I love the LDS Library, especially for preparing my primary lesson. Now all primary manuals have disappeared from the library and I don’t know how to get them back!
Having multiple copies of Book of Mormon 5/5
Many people like to have several copies of the Book of Mormon so they can have different themes in each book. For example, David A. Bednar has tons of different copies of the Book of Mormon with each one having a different Christlike attribute as a theme. This is his way of working on and attaining Christlike attributes. However, we cannot do this in gospel library. On your account, you only have one copy and if you make a mark in it, it will be like that forever until you change it. I would love to be able to organize many copies of the Book of Mormon into different themes and give each one my own personal title. So I could have a section in gospel library with 8, 14, or 100 copies all with a separate title that I gave it, separate markings, separate notes, separate everything. Then I could always create a new copy of the Book of Mormon that was completely blank. I could name that one charity. Then I could only mark in pink everything about charity without having to delete past markings and stuff. That would be awesome! Also, you could have a notebook that showed all your notes and markings in every book as well as separate notebooks for each one. This is a very important feature! I would love to chat to go over this with you! Please please please! Thank you!
I know that the content in this app comes from God and his messenger, but two things are a guarantee with each app update: 1) the app get slower, 2) navigation gets more confusing.
WHAT HAPPENED TO MY NOTES?! 2/5
By Lego movie maker
I had years and years of notes, highlights, etc and now they’re all gone! What happened? Please please find a way to return them. I hope all of my notes, journals, testimonies aren’t gone forever...
No transfer of scripture markings 4/5
By lali R
I updated the app and all my scripture markings are gone. Is there any way to retrieve them?
Fast and responsive! 5/5
Super impressed with the speed of the app and how beautiful everything looks.
Incredibly Powerful Tool 5/5
There have been bugs in the past, but they keep on fixing them and making the app better and better. I love doing split screen with this app and any note taking app. It’s finally just as good for me as having an actual paper set of scriptures and a notebook from an ease of use perspective, but then has soooo much more capabilities from the enormous library.
Pop-up ads? Really? 1/5
The app itself is actually pretty good but I have a very low tolerance for pop-up ads. You’re doing your thing, reading the scriptures, and wham! Would you like to read General Conference? No! I was busy reading something else! Leave me alone!
Links to printable materials 2/5
A major complaint I have with this app is the fact that the link to printable materials (specifically for primary) does not work! The link is there, but nothing ever pops up to print. Super frustrating!
I love belonging to the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I think this app is amazing providing so so so many resources about this true gospel.
All good except listening 3/5
For years I’ve been using this app for listening to scriptures and conference talks and the glitches continue to abound. Please, please, please do something to make listening a smoother experience! I would like to listen to scriptures in my car on long drives without the app randomly stopping and not moving on to the next chapter. Lately, the app won’t play more than a single chapter at a time which makes it useless in the car, because it’s too dangerous for me to try and get the next chapter started while I’m driving. At the moment, I can’t get the app to play audio at all, and for no apparent reason. It just simply won’t play.
I like to listen while I’m driving, exercising, cleaning, and other activities, but this app is making it impossible and I am so frustrated!
Awesome! Please add tabs 5/5
The app is awesome and always improving. What I would love to see is tabs. The current screens feature is difficult to navigate back and forth when studying. My scripture study would be much better on the app if I had tabs. Thank you.
So grateful to have this. 5/5
By Sarge Don
This is such an amazing app. It had everything the church, has and new items are always being released.
No font styles 1/5
Let’s see, isn’t this the year 2018? Doesn’t every reader app on earth offer multiple font styles? Ah...no, there is one app that doesn’t, it’s called Gospel Library ! Wow, how can that be?!
Why do we have font styles anyway. Well, because research proves that reading speed and volume has a lot to do with the STYLE of fonts. It’s also proven that certain font styles are way easier on the eyes and easier to see than other styles. Anyone who has looked into this will find this to be true. Well, anyone but the people that put this app together! Here you will get ONE font STYLE. A style that looks to be hundreds of years old! An old gothic looking style, that is many years outdated. No thanks. I can’t read it. I’ll stick to the Kindle Reader, that has, ah...many font STYLES ! I only wish I could give this outdated, disjointed app a zero!
By pancake ben the baby goat
I love the gospel library app because when my family is in the car and we’re in a hurry we can just haft to get out are phone and read from where we left of the previous day.
Videos of ASL 4/5
Hi, I’m deaf who loves to watch general conferences with American Sign Language videos but the problem is that I can’t rewind it when I need to. I think that it would be better if your videos could have the same feature as YouTube where you can double click on either sides of the video for instant ten seconds rewind or forward.
Two key features 3/5
1. Background Play
2. Resume last spot listened to instead of starting conference talk over from beginning
By Pace Boy 25
I love this app so much!! It allows me to feel endless love and spirit!! I love how you can listen to the scriptures on the go!!! I also love how you can read, watch, and listen to general conference. My favorite part is when you listen to the audio, it the speaker’s voice and not a robot!!
Thank you, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Still having problems 1/5
Why can’t the people who write this app make highlighting passages work properly? Highlights can be applied but not removed. This app is useful but part of our earthly trials.
Almost Awesome 4/5
I think the new update is great, except now I can’t play all of the talks and other media I’ve downloaded.
pros and cons 3/5
7 October 2018
Not sure when the gospel art book got put in but I love that. However, when I click on a picture the screen goes white and I cannot see anything. An enlarged picture would be nice. :) I also hope you can swipe from one to the next once enlarged.
Also, I would like to see a section for relief society. In the women’s meeting last night President Nelson encouraged us to read the RS purpose statement and declaration. I assume it’s in the gospel library but I can’t find it.
I do not have the bookmarks issue I used to have, which is great! I still do not like that you cannot look at multiple footnotes at a time. I’ve gotten used to it, but it would be nice to have a better view of those. Maybe to see all footnotes in each verse of scripture. For conference talks it would be great to see all the footnotes together. Some of the brethren have very detailed footnotes and it is great to read them all at once.
I do enjoy the app quite a bit. If there were a way to search for everything in the whole library without having everything downloaded, but then given the option to download the new content when selecting an item, that would be amazing.
For the new version I have not been able to explore much. I do know you still cannot highlight in the related contents section. That is really not helpful — especially when trying to prepare a lesson. I can read the scripture block, but I cannot mark, make notes, or do anything that will help me save info for my lesson.
I still cannot scroll all of the related content. It is limited to the one I select.
I have not had a chance to explore the bookmarks yet.
I think there are some good things about this update, unfortunately I have not been able to explore them as much as I would like due to some of the cons I am experiencing. I don't like that you cannot read your passage while viewing footnotes. Also, from what I can tell you cannot scroll through footnotes. It is only one at a time. My biggest problem right now, though is with the bookmarks. It took me a bit to realize how to re-save a bookmark, but I did. Unfortunately, I push the "refresh" button to update the bookmark and it saves it under one of my other bookmarks! I have now lost two or three of my bookmarks. Then, when I go to create a new bookmark, it won't take. I have to close the app to get a screen back and the bookmark I tried to create is not there. I feel certain there are some really good things about this redesign, but I have yet to discover them due to the flaws. Would love to get back to the great functionality of this app!
Words of the Prophets 5/5
Best app on the face of the earth!
Great app 4/5
Beautiful layout, easy to use. But I really wish I could stream the audio of talks and scriptures out of the app.
Last 2 Updates Created A Glitch 4/5
Really comprehensive app. Would have given it a 5 star, but I don't care for the automatic update feature. It comes at inconvenient times, always when I need the app, and there is always a bug that disrupts the function. About three updates back, the app started to crash on the first launch attempt. It takes at least two tries. Neither of the two most recent updates corrected the problem even though the updates came at most inopportune times. Overall, however, very good app.
Frozen for over a month now 1/5
I have never had any issues with this app before, but for the last month and a half the app has been stuck on a screen that says “updating gospel library”. No matter how many times I delete it and redownload it, the app continues to show the same screen. When I try to submit feedback to the app an error message that reads “there was an error submitting your feedback”. I have been unable to use this app which has been very frustrating. Please fix this.
Jarbled or not working 1/5
I love the scriptures on the library app but either is sticks or it is jarbled and you can’t understand it. Gets frustrating when you want to read the scriptures.
Love Jesus 5/5
look unto the lord in all your thoughts. Doubt not, fear not. I love the lord and you should too.
I would like to bear my test...*mumbles rest into microphone* AMEN!
Excellent Reference System 5/5
I love having this app to keep all my insights and notes organized with linking options and tagging options. I love to use it and the library is massive, everything I could ever want to look through in regards to LDS topics is there, especially the newest content released by the church, like general conference talks and worldwide devotionals.
My one desire is to know if there is a way to sync my notes to different devices? I have an iPhone and an iPad and it would be awesome if we could link the app across the two so I can add things to my notes and tags on both of them. There may be a way to do it all ready, I just don’t know how, but if there is not, that is my one suggestion for the next update ;)
Love this app! 4/5
I love this app- it seriously gets better and better. My one criticism is the search functionality is sometimes hit or miss. I’ll search the exact title of a talk and it won’t come up.
BRING TRUE DARK MODE!! 4/5
This app is fantastic. There are a few things that could be better about it though. For one Apple Pencil support on the iPad would be nice to mark, write notes in the margins, etc. but my biggest gripe is that I have the iPhone X and it has an OLED display. The dark mode that is used still uses pixels and is not a true dark mode. It would be nice to have this. Don’t understand why it’s this off black mode instead of true black mode.
Best gospel study app ever! 5/5
It has everything I need in one place, cross referenced, and easily accessible. What a treasure trove.
It’s very good but some suggestions! 4/5
I love the concept that we are blessed with technology to be able to study more efficiently. However, I attend a Spanish ward and we do not have hymn books in our language so we refer to Gospel Library. One thing that I do miss from the old version is that the hymns were numbered. It makes it a bit more difficult to type out the hymn and find it. If we could revert back to numbering the hymns when trying to find them on the home page that would be amazing! Thank you so much!
Great reference library 5/5
What I like is I can find the authorized books, mag, and manuals in one place with cross reference.
Awesome update. 5/5
Fixed the back button navigation problem.
Another major regression from previous versions 1/5
You have removed navigation functionality (forward button) and made the back button more inconvenient (top of the screen). Makes the app frustrating and useless. I’ll go use non-church apps now.
Perhaps most frustrating is that you still have the screen real estate. Move the settings back up top (which is infrequently used) and move forward/back navigation back down to the bottom (more frequently used).
Terrible navigation experience. Poorly designed hierarchies and unnecessarily complicated home screen.
Every time I update it feels like the design team is more concerned with features and additions rather than understanding what readers are actually doing. Simplify and you get a better result.
(Think about how someone would actually read and annotate physical scriptures. E.g., if a reader checks out a cross reference in a different book, they will keep a finger in both places, frequently going back and forth to compare; you have made that impossible this version. Poor job.)
My favorite app 5/5
Give me purpose
By Bishop Jack
I can not get the app to open now. I’ve had it for years but now it just shuts off.
Bring the back button back! 3/5
By Piano quilter
There used to be two back buttons - one to take you to the previous screen of a chapter of talk you were studying - and one to take you back to the table of contents. Now there’s only one, and I miss the other one!
So many other great improvements, but that “update” has been a huge hassle - please correct it!
Glitches Fixed 5/5
By Harry vB
Thanks to the developers who listened to our issues and fixed them. The in-app reporting of glitches is nice.
App needs a share button 1/5
By Michael Avenatti
I love the convenience of this app, however, where is the share button? There should be a button on here that you can click on to share whatever scripture or talk you are reading via text, Facebook, Twitter, etc...
The church has been pushing for more engagement via social media lately. Adding a simple share button would be a simple but powerful way to further promote this endeavor.
I set my bookmark on Moroni 10 and now when I open it it immediately crashes. It’s an amazing app but don’t know what caused the crash on my iPhone 8. I restarted the phone but still the same problem. Any advice?
Glitches! iPhone 5s New update has ruined gospel library glitches 1/5
I used to be able to search a key work for example “meekness” click on scriptures and it would bring me to that chapter and verse where it is mentioned. I could put a phrase and the same would come up. Now I cannot. Now it only will show topical guide under scripture search and it is very difficult to what was previously their. I also have a glitch when this search happens and I click on a conference talk. It will say “1 of 30 matches” and have the arrows to scroll down to the highlighted word or phrase and I can move arround with them on the page now it is broken and neither the highlighted word is seen and the arrows don’t work. I love this app please fix.
It works 5/5
It works well and I love doing keyword searches in it. Apparently I hit a bug that didn't let it work on my phone but it now works.
Since the most recent update I am unable to access anything. All I get is a blank screen. I try to do a search but nothing happens. I am so disappointed with the update and so very frustrated!! I loved the app before the update.
Too much storage! 2/5
By Dave J Smith
Downloading the app uses 284MB of storage on my iPhone 6s. After downloading a few books of scripture and conference talks (text only—no video), it grows to 500MB. Please reduce storage usage so we can use this on less expensive devices.
Search?? Back Button?? 1/5
What exactly is going on with the search function? It seems broken. I can NOT find anything! Ugh. Also, I’m not sure how anyone else is doing, but I seem unable to go back to the original screen/homepage once I’m ‘done’ in one area. I’ve had to delete and reinstall this (stupid) version 3 times already just to get it to function. NO. PLEASE FIX.
yo they made the book into an app 5/5
Undo, redo 3/5
Can you plz bring back the forwards and backwards arrows because all there is, is a back button which doesn’t help if you click it to many times by accident and then you are too undone and can’t remember where you were at in the first place so please again make the app have both of the arrows please