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

Recording Your Impressions

Come, Follow Me” Sunday School lesson for December 31 – January 6

The first thing mentioned in the lesson is to record your impressions. These impressions are revelations. (impressions, revelations, and notes will be used interchangeably in this article.)

What is the purpose of recording revelation?
When you record revelations you are showing that you treat them as special, sacred and of great importance. Also, the very act of recording clarifies the thought and helps in remembering what you received. Of equal importance, it is a record of your past, so in the future they can be a reference for you and guide for your prosperity.

Where to Record Your Impressions?
There are several methods for recording your revelations.

Pen and paper
For many, a good pen and some paper, invites one to write. Having the paper bound in a journal adds to the joy. There is, a benefit to hand-written notes, studies have shown that hand-written notes help you to remember what you have written.

The downside of pen and paper is it requires good penmanship, which is no longer prized in our society. Also the ability to find something years later is a very time-consuming task, and lastly notes can easily be destroyed by fire and flooding.

Recording Digitally
Recording digitally has many advantages. I believe the biggest one is you can find something quickly via the search function. Second to that is the ability to backup copies in various locations which helps to prevent loss as a result of some disaster.

If you like to hand-write your notes there is an app for that. Using a tablet and special pen and one of the several note taking apps you can hand-write a note in a digital journal. Also, many of the apps can also convert the hand-writing to text if you would prefer to preserve the note in printed form, thus satisfying both sides of the coin.

Recording a digital note can be typed or through dictation. Dictation takes a little practice because you also have to indicate where to place the punctuation, but the rewards are great once you learn how to do it.

In addition to typing a note you could also create a voice recording or a video. The downside to these formats are locating a specific note, so using them to record revelation would not be the best of use of either one. However, I do believe they have their place. Recording your testimony or sharing some events in your life as a audio or video recording would greatly be prized by your prosperity.

How I Record My Notes
It is my opinion that recording impressions in a digital format is superior to using pen and paper. So the question for me becomes which app do I use to record my impressions.

I use the Gospel Library for all of my scripture studies. If I get an impression while studying the scriptures and the impression is related to particular word or verse, then I record it in a Note linked to the text and add a Tag or Tags. In the future, I can easily locate the note through the Search function or using the Tags.

In general, if the revelation is not related to the scriptures I use my digital journal “Day One.” For example, if the impression is about something that I need to change in my life I would record it in my journal. The Day One journal has excellent Search and Tag functions, in addition to many other features.

However, there are times that the revelation and verse are loosely related. In that instance, I record in Day One and create a Day One link and copy that link to a Note in the Gospel Library. I then add a brief explanation in the Gospel Library Note about the revelation.

Sometimes I also copy the scripture to my Day One journal. For iOS users, I created Shortcut the cleans up the copied scripture before pasting into the journal. For more information, and to download the Shortcut go to “iOS Shortcut for Day One Journal.

(NB: Currently links to apps outside of the Gospel Library are problematic. The link will work, but you will first get a notice that says, “Cannot Open Content.” For the link to work do the following. Place and leave your finger on the link. The notice will appear, ignore it and continue to keep your finger on the link for a few seconds, then release your finger and a menu will open, then tap on “Open”.)

It is beyond the scope of this writing to talk about the features of Day One. There are many digital journaling apps available for all systems, however, Day One is, in my opinion, the best. It is available for iOS and Android.

For hand-written notes that can convert to text, I suggest you take a look at “Good Notes” or “Notability.” I have used both. The one you pick will be according to your personal preferences. Google “Good Notes vs. Notability” to find a review comparing the two or take a look at this article.

Regardless if you use pen and paper or a digital form of note taking. It is important to write your impression even if they do not appear to be earth shattering. Remember revelations come line upon line, a seemingly little thought can over time, bring great results.

So, open your scriptures, get your writing instruments open, and be prepared for the kind, thoughtful advice and help that will follow.

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.