Preparation for “Come, Follow Me” – February 4 – February 10

At the beginning of each weeks lesson it encourages you to “record your impressions.” There are several ways in which that can be accomplished.

  1. Write, using a pen and paper, in a journal
  2. Write, using a pen and paper, in a journal, then scanning it to a digital format
  3. Write in the built-in Note app in your digital device
  4. Write in a digital journal
  5. Write a note attached to the scripture in the Gospel Library

As I have mentioned in previous posts, the critical issue is retrieving the information in the future, so option one is not an option because of the difficulty searching through volume of notes.

Option 2 and 3 are workable but separate the impressions from the scripture.

Options 4 and 5 are the best options, if option 4 is a journal created in a Notebook in the Gospel Library.

For example, while reading Luke 4:14 you receive an impression about the “power of the spirit” and how it applies to your life. You select the verse, then create a Note and record your impression. Before saving the Note you also, tap on the “Add to Notebook” icon, and create a Notebook on “ The Spirit,” then save the Note.

Now you have your insight attached to the scripture and have created a Notebook about the Spirit, which will reference the scripture and the note you created.

To make this method even better. You can copy the impression recorded in the Notebook into your digital journal. The journal would be an excellent way, to pass on to your posterity, your insights, and provide an excellent backup. As in previous post I have mentioned that I highly recommend the Day One journal.

For you use iOS and have the Day One app, the copy and pasting process can be automated.

Tap on the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner (the three horizontal dots), tap on “Share,” tap on Day One (you may have to swipe to the left to find it). If you have more than one journal, you will need to pick the journal you want the note sent to. You can also add tags at this point, then tap on Save.

To make the above process even faster, I have created a shortcut which will avoid having to pick the journal you want to send the Note to, and will add any tags you use.

You can download the shortcut here. Remember to download the shortcut you must be using your iPhone or iPad.

Now, in the future, when you want to review your impressions on the “spirit,” you can either do a search in the Gospel Library or go directly to your Notebook on the subject.

As always, I am very interested in your feedback and other methods that you use to record your impression.

Preparation for “Come, Follow Me” – January 28-February 3

There are two things that you can do to set up your Gospel Library so that you can easily access the lesson material for the week.

First, make sure to create a Bookmark for the “Come, Follow Me” manual. Go to the manual and open the lesson for the week. Tap on the Bookmark icon. For iOS it is at the bottom right of the screen, and for Android at the top right of the screen. Tap on the Plus sign and you now have a bookmark. In the future open the Bookmarks and tap on the Bookmark to go directly to the manual.

Second, setup your device so that it is easy to move among the three books that the lesson entails – Matthew 3, Mark 1 and Luke 3.

To do this use the Multi-screen feature in your Gospel Library. For iOS it is the 2nd icon from the right at the bottom right corner of the screen. For Android it is the the 2nd icon from the right at the top right corner of the screen. With Android, after tapping on the Multi-screen icon, make sure you then tap on Screen at the top of the screen.

To create a Multi-screen on either device tap on the Multi-screen icon, then the Plus sign, open the book and chapter you want, and you are done. Repeat the process for each book and chapter.

To open the books. Tap on the Multi-screen icon, then tap on the book you want to open.

The scriptures for this week are about John the Baptist and the baptism of our Savior. Go to Scriptures in the Library and then tap on Maps, then tap on map 11 and find “Bethabara” (If using a smartphone tap on the map so you can enlarge it). In the legend it is number 12. Notice the location of the place on the map. You could have also searched for “Bethabara” in the search function.

Now, open up map number 1. A look at the elevation of Jerusalem and then the elevation of the Dead Sea, then notice the area where Bethabara is located.

Now, do you see a connection between the elevation of the place the Savior was baptized and the scripture, “…he descended below all things?”

    

The New Study Plan Feature

A few weeks ago I created a video on the new Study Plans feature in the Gospel Library. Currently, it is only offered for iOS, but a beta is currently out for the Android and should be released soon.

I am wondering if anyone has tried the feature and what your feelings are about it.

Do you find it helpful?

Do you have any suggestions for improvement?

I would really be interested in your comments.

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?

More On Taking Notes

A friend just reached out to me, and it caused me to start thinking about taking notes and revelation again. My friend, Paul Porter, had a great influence on my life, although on be knowns to him.

I will never forget the time he told me that he has his small notebook and pen ready during Sacrament meeting so that he could write any revelation as it came. That statement weighed heavily on my mind for some time. I am a slower learner, so it took me a while to go to his way of thinking, but now, I am a convert; it has enriched my life.

Paul uses actual pen and paper, and I use an Apple Pencil and my iPad, but the results are the same. I have talked in a previous post about taking notes and the reason that I use the digital form. In that post, I mentioned that there are several good digital notebooks available and that the app of my choice was Notability.

I have now changed from Notability because its competitor, GoodNotes, just came out last week with a new version. I always preferred GoodNotes but used Notability because it had a universal search of handwritten notes, but now GoodNotes not only added extensive searching but a great stacked filing structure among many other significant changes.

As I study the scriptures, I have GoodNotes open and take notes and draw out ideas as they come to me. Then if needed the handwriting is converted to text and copied in a note attached to a verse.

Currently, Notability and GoodNotes are only for iOS, but there are some excellent alternatives for Android. If you have a Galaxy Note9, you already have a built-in note-taking app and a handy pen.

Regardless of the method you use, there are significant benefits to handwriting notes. Give it a try.

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.

Apps That I Use Daily

What apps one uses is a very personal thing. However, when others have shared their favorite apps it has provided me with food for thought and, at times, brings about a change in the apps that I use. I hope that my list of the apps I use daily will be of help to you.

Gospel Library – scripture study. iPhone and iPad.

Spark – email. iPhone, iPad, Mac, iWatch.

I have tried all of the third-party email apps, and I keep coming back to this one. There are so many features that draw me to this app, but the main one is how it separates my mail into different categories.

Drafts 5 – notes. iPhone, iPad and Mac, iWatch.

It is difficult to categorize this app because of its many features. The primary purpose of the app is to quickly write down your thoughts and then later decide where you are going to use them.

For example, if I am writing a text message that is more then a few lines I first compose the message in Drafts and then using one of the actions in Drafts send it to my text messaging app. The reason I do not write the message in the message app is that I have had the experience of composing a lengthily message only to lose it because I get interrupted by a phone call or a text message that requires an immediate answer. Producing the message in Drafts stays there until I have completed the message and ready to send it. I do not need to copy and paste the message, just a simple tap on the message action, add the recipient’s name, and the message is sent.

Nearly, all of my posts are composed in Drafts. This post was written using Drafts on my Mac.

Day One – journaling. iPhone, iPad, Mac, iWatch.

I have written extensively about this app. If you are serious about keeping a journal, there is no better app than Day One.

Things 3 – to do’s. iPhone, iPad, Mac, iWatch

I cannot live without a to-do list. I have tried nearly every to-do app available and found Things fits my lifestyle. If I were running a business, I would, perhaps, use a more powerful app like Omni Focus, but for me, at this point in my life, Things is my app of choice.

Evernote – document storage and retrieval. iPhone, iPad, Mac.

Evernote is a powerful app and can be used in a variety of ways. It can be used to take notes, keep a journal and a to-do list and more. But, as you can see from my above list, I prefer to use apps that are dedicated to one purpose such as creating a note, keeping a journal and having a to-do list, because they are far more potent as dedicated apps.

I use Evernote for storage of documents. All of my important papers are scanned into Evernote. Any website that has information that I might need in the future is placed in Evernote, and then, when I need something, a quick search finds what I am looking for.

1Password – password creating and storage. iPhone, iPad, Mac, iWatch.

Passwords have to be taken seriously. Using the name of your dog, cat or favorite grandchild, along with your date of birth is dangerous and, more importantly, easily breached.

1Password stores all of my passwords, currently 479, yes, 479! Also, all of my credit cards, car information (VIN, date purchased, etc.), social security numbers of myself and children and much more.

The app creates the passwords for me and when needed can, in most situations, enter my user name and password for me.

GoodNotes – hand-written notes. iPhone, iPad, Mac.

I like to use a pen and paper to draw out ideas, take notes at a lecture and as a scratch pad. Hand-written notes have an advantage over typing notes – better retention of the information. I prefer to use the digital form of pen and paper.

The main reason is I can retrieve the notes quickly through the search function (yes, it can search my handwriting) and when needed the app can convert my writing to print, which I then send to another app.

I have tried all of the apps on the market and fluctuated between GoodNotes and Notability.

I prefer the features in GoodNotes but have been using Notability. GoodNotes 5 newest version has the one thing I need – universal search capability. Until yesterday, Notability was the only app with that function. Also, the latest version of GoodNotes allows the use of a deep file structure, so I can now place folders inside folders.

I only use this app on my iPad using my Apple pencil. I have the app on my iPhone and Mac so I can locate a note should I not have my iPad with me.

AnyList – shopping list. iPhone, iPad, iWatch, Amazon Echo.

This app is fantastic. Whenever my wife or I need to add something to the shopping list all we have to do is speak, and the item is added to the list. The list is shared between the two of us. Whoever picks up the item crosses it off the list. The app will also download recipes from the internet and create a shopping list of ingredients you do not have. Go through the downloaded list and check the ones you need to add to the shopping list. The app also helps with planning meals.

Apple News, Flipboard, Google News, and SmartNews – news. iPhone, iPad

Creating Personal Collections

In the Gospel Library, you can create a personal Collection. Building a personal Collection will save you time as you study the scriptures.

For example, I create a Collection called “Scripture Study.” The Collection contains the Topical Guide, Bible Dictionary, Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families, Bible Videos/Teachings, Maps, and Hymns.

Notice that most of the items are found in different Collections. By having a Scripture Study Collection, I have quick access to each of the materials I use frequently.

A Collection can only hold complete content. For example, I could have the entire October 2018 General Conference, but not one of the talks from that conference. Or, I could have the whole Come, Follow Me curriculum but not only January.

To create a Collection depends on if you have an Apple or Android device.

Apple

• While in the Library, tap on Edit in the upper right-hand corner.

• Tap on the plus sign in the lower right-hand corner.

• Type the name of the Collection.

• Tap on Save.

Android

• Tap on the options menu in the upper right-corner (the three vertical dots)

• Tap on Custom Collections.

• Tap on the plus sign.

• Type the name of the Collection

• Tap on Add.

To add content to your Collection is also device dependent. In the examples below I am going to add the Come, Follow Me curriculum to my Scripture Study Collection.

Apple

• Go to the Come, Follow Me Collection, and then tap on Individuals and Families.

• Touch and hold your finger on Come, Follow Me – For Individuals and Families

• Tap on Add to and a list of personal Collections will be listed. Notice that you can also create a Collection on the fly, so it is not necessary to create a Collection first.

• Tap on Scripture Study.

Android

• Go to the Come, Follow Me Collection, and then tap on Individuals and Families

• Tap on the options menu (the three vertical dots below the picture) on Come, Follow Me – For Individuals and Families

• Tap on Add to and a list of personal Collections will be listed. Notice that you can also create a Collection on the fly, so it is not necessary to create a Collection first.

• Tap on Scripture Study.

Hope you found this helpful.