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.


• 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.


• 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.


• 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.


• 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.

Automating the Gospel Library

Would you like a reminder to study the Gospel Library at 8 pm each evening but only when you are home? Well, it is possible using the Launch Center Pro.

The Launch Center Pro is an app for iPhone and iPad running iOS 11 or higher. You will find it at the App Store. The app is free, but to lock all of the features, you have pay for a subscription or a one-time fee.

The app is a great way to get to your other apps and shortcuts with the primary purpose to save you time. I highly recommend it.

If you want to see what the app can do in addition to working with the Gospel Library take a look at this review.

While using the Gospel Library in Launch Center Pro is very limited, what you can do is set up an action that will become operative when you enter your home, or any other location you designate, and then sound the alarm at the set time. The Key here is the alarm will only sound after you enter your home. Here are the steps.

1. Open Launch Center Pro

2. Tap on the pencil icon in the upper right-hand corner to enter edit mode.

3. Tap on a square that has a plus sign

4. Tap on “Action”

5. At the URL field type “gospellibrary:” (without the quotes)

6. Tap on the “Schedule” field then tap on “Scheduled Alert”

7. Tap on the “Next Event” and then set the date and time at the bottom of the screen

8. Tap on “Repeat” then choose, at the bottom of the screen, how you want to set up the repeat

9. Tap on “Action” in the upper left-hand corner

10. Tap on “Location Triggers” and then decide on the various options available

11. Tap on “Done”

12. Tap on “Done”

Now the next you time you enter your home, a reminder will pop up and then open the Gospel Library. Cool!