Transferring Twitter and Instagram Posts to Day One

I have had several requests about how to automatically transfer Twitter and Instagram postings to the Day One journal.

It is straightforward. You need to join the free IFTTT (If This Then That) service. You can sign up either through their iOS or Android app or at their website.

You need the Day One journaling app. This is available for iOS and Andriod and Mac. There is a free version and a subscription version. If you are not familiar with Day One, then start with the free version to give it a try. I have talked about this app many times and say again, it is a tremendous app and I use it every day, sometimes more than once a day.

Once you are logged on IFTTT tap on, discover at the bottom of the screen, and then tap on the search icon at the top of the screen.

Search for Day One, then scroll down to find “Save your tweets to Day One.” Tap on “Turn on.” Then scroll down to “Which Journal” and choose which journal you want to save the tweet. If you have the free version, only one journal is available. I have the subscription service and have 11 journals. More on that in a later post. Now tap on “Save.”

Then search for “Instagram to DayOne” and go through the same process as above.

You are done! Your tweets and Instagram posts will start showing up in Day One.

Creating QR Codes

A QR Code is familiar to all of us although not everyone knows its purpose. A QR Code is used to store information such as URL’s, addresses, event information and etc. The code is read by a camera on a smartphone. In the past a special QR reader app was used to access the information in the code.

For iOS 11 and above the feature is built-in to the camera but it is has to be turned on in settings. Go to Settings/Camera/Scan QR Codes and make sure the feature is turned on.

Android phones also have the feature built-in to the camera. There are no individual settings that need to be switched on.

While the feature is baked into the newest devices, you may want to also download a reader because the app can also scan bar codes you find on all products in the stores. In addition, if you have an older apple device that is not compatible with iOS 11 then you also need to download a reader.

QR Codes can be created using the various free websites that are available, for example, qr-code-generator.com or using an app on your smartphone. The apps are easy to use. Type or paste in the information you want to have coded and a code will be generated, then copy and paste the code on your handouts or project it on a screen.

To create a code for my website ,I would enter the URL in the app and would end up with the following.

Now, that we have reviewed what a QR Code is and how to read and generate one, the question for us today is why you would want to create a code? As mentioned in my book you might consider using them in Sacrament programs or the classroom.

I used have used them in Sacrament programs for information of an upcoming event. Sacrament programs have limited space, so instead of using the valuable real estate to provide information about the event I insert a QR Code. QR Codes are saved as photos so it is very easy to insert the photo and reduce it to a size that the will work with the program. QR Codes can be read even when the are extremely small.

Another use for the Codes is in the classroom. Suppose you have a handout with information that fills an 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper and, perhaps also fills the back of the page.

Create a document with eight 1 inch rows. In each row copy the code along with a brief statement what the code is for. Cut the paper into 8 horizontal strips. Make enough strips for the entire class. This will not only save on paper but also ink. Another option, though more expensive, is to copy the code, along with a short statement on a business card stock and hand out the business cards. Office supply stores have a large selection of Avery type ready-cut sheets The cards are less likely to get lost or destroyed on the way home.

Even easier, you can bring up the code on your device and then connect your device to a projector or large flat screen. This would eliminate the use of any paper.

At this point you might be thinking why go through the process of generating a code? Instead upload the document to Dropbox, copy the link to the document and type the link onto strips of papers or project the link on a screen. The answer is simple.

Typing a link or URL address allows for errors. A QR Code is error free and quicker.

There is one problem with using QR Codes, and that is many may not know how to use them, so you will need to show them how. Using interactive technology in the classroom always requires some instruction, but I find people quickly adapt.

The other problem is not everyone may have a device that can read a QR code. For those that do not ,you will need to have a few hard copies of the document with you.

I would be interested in your feedback on this subject.

Have you tried using QR codes in the classroom or on Sacrament programs? If so, what was your experience?

Sharing The LDS Pamphlets

LDS Pamphlets is an app for iOS and Android. It is an excellent resource for teaching gospel principles. It provides simple and clear information about various aspects of the gospel, and it is divided into categories. For example, “Gospel of Jesus Christ,” “Why Do I Need to Be Baptized” and “Faith in Jesus Christ.”

What many people do not know is that you can share a page with others using the share function. The problem is that the share function is hidden.

To see the share function tap on the screen. The screen share icon is different for iOS and Android (see screenshots below).

To share a page tap on the screen, tap on the share icon, then tap on either email or text message. Depending on the device you are using, and the services you subscribe to you will also have other options.

Now type a short message and tap on send.

A Journal Entry Shortcut

I have created an iOS Shortcut which prompts you regarding your experience in studying the scriptures. It will ask if you read, listened to or studied the scriptures, and then a short series of prompts applicable to the choice you made will pop up. Then your responses will be recorded in a Day One journal called “Scripture Study” and will also create an appropriate tag (Read, Listened or Studied).
You can change the name of the journal if you prefer to another journal. With some modification, this can also work with other journaling apps. I apologize to Android users but there is not equivalent shortcut available.
Below is the link to the Shortcut. Remember you need to be using your mobile device for the link to work.
Shortcut

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.