iOS Shortcut for Day One Journal

I created a Shortcut that will copy the text you select in the Gospel Library and copy the reference, verse and a link to the scripture in a Day One journal of your choice. To download the Shortcut, you have to be on your mobile device.

Here is example –

Alma 46:27
And now who knoweth but what the remnant of the seed of Joseph, which shall perish as his garment, are those who have dissented from us? Yea, and even it shall be ourselves if we do not stand fast in the faith of Christ.

Gospellibrary://content/scriptures/bofm/alma/46?id=p28#p28

The award-winning Day One journal is an app that I have been using for several years. It is available for iOS and Android. If you are not familiar with Day One I strongly suggest you check it out.


iWatch and The Temple

Do you wear an iWatch to the temple? Concerned with you watch coming on when you raise your hand? There is a simple solution, and you don’t involve learning your watch at home.
Set your watch to theater mode by swiping up and tapping on “Theater Mode.” Now the watch will only come on when you tap it and notifications are silenced.
Also, create a photo face of the Savior so when you do check the time you also see Him.

Gospel Library Storage

I am often asked by those with older devices how much memory the Gospel Library uses. I have downloaded all of the material in the Gospel Library and taken screenshots to help those concerned with storage; it serve as an approximate guide.

The screenshots are from an iPhone. Currrently, the total for all of the downloads is 1.72 GB. The total storage for the app and the downloads is 2.83 GB. For my Android the total for the app and downloads is 3.06 GB.

As can be seen from the above, the numbers vary according to the device being used. Keep in mind the numbers are approximate and will change in the future.

Because this serves only as a guideline, not all material needs to be shown. For example, you can see that a general conference uses about 1 MB. The titles that have an “*” indicates that it is only the first of many pages.

New Addition to the Gospel Library

The Gospel Library now has the YA Weekly which is written for and by young adults, Church leaders and experts on various topics that are relevant to young adults.

You will find the YA Weekly in the Young Adults section of the Gospel Library. There you will see “An introduction to the YA Weekly” which explains the purpose of the publication. At the end of the introduction, there is an invite to provide suggestions for future articles and stories.

New Features in the Citation Index

The Citation Index is a fantastic research tool for gospel study and preparing talks and lessons. It is the brainchild of Richard Galbraith and Stephen Liddle, both faculty members at BYU. It started as a website with mobile apps following.

The Citation library consists of the scriptural standard works, general conferences, Journal of Discourses and its Topical Guide, and the Scriptural Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

The newest version (3.9.7) has added several great features. The most exciting is the option to open scriptures and talks in the Gospel Library instead of the Citation Index. This option is off by default.

To turn it on tap on Settings, the gear icon in the upper left-hand corner. Settings are only available in the top level of the Citation Index and Library tabs found at the bottom of the screen.

Another improvement is three of the search terms are easier to use – “All Words,” “Any Words,” and “Exact Phrase.”

The power of the app is the Lucene search engine. Examples of the search terms are found in the Help Section which can be located at Search tab/Show Options/How to Search.

The app is easy to use, and with the newest features, it has become even more accessible. If you haven’t used the app, download it and use it. I promise you will be well rewarded.

Using Technology in Appropriate and Righteous Ways

We have been blessed with technology to aid in our study of the gospel and to further His work. It is important that we use technology in ways that help with that work and will benefit us and our families in healthy and righteous ways. Below are two links to articles that provide suggestions in helping to accomplish the above.

Families Should Discuss How to Use Social Media in Righteous Ways

Family Safeguards for Using Technology

Also, if you have not read Elder Bednar’s talk, To Sweep the Earth as with a Flood, I suggest you take the time to read for further insight to the use of technology to hasten His work.