Thursday, December 16, 2010

Have a Smart Phone? Get Apps

LDS Scripture Citation Index

After Amanda's inspiring Daily Scripture Study lesson I recommitted myself to more diligent study. Just reading the scriptures straight wasn't cutting it for me. I needed some food for pondering.

So I went look for an App for my iPhone. Free!
We have indexed the scriptures cited by speakers in LDS General Conference between 1942 and the present, and those cited by speakers recorded in the Journal of Discourses between 1839 and 1886.  The citations in Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith come from the special edition, Scriptural Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, edited by Richard C. Galbraith.

When you tap on a citation to view a talk, the app communicates with to download the talk you requested. If you tap on a scripture link while viewing a talk, the app tries to display the scripture using the Gospel Library app, which we recommend you also install.
You can find it for the Android too.

BUT it's also online! You can find it here at BYU Scripture Citation Index.

I've had such an eye-opening week of scripture study reading what the prophets have said about a particular scripture in Daniel and Esther. It's a great way to tie ancient scripture to modern-day prophecy!

Other Apps for the iPhone

Here are few other church apps that I use:

Gospel Library - Gospel Library is an official application of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Download and study the scriptures, general conference talks, and the many other gospel instruction materials (Gospel Principles, Hymns, Preach My Gospel, curriculum resources, and so on) published by the Church. Free.

Mormon Channel -  The Mormon Channel is the official radio station of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It offers great programming on parenting, self-reliance, improving marriage, and many other topics. You can also hear great music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, including their weekly broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word. The app also offers uplifting on-demand content, including addresses from Church leaders, as well as audio recordings from magazines the scriptures. Free.

LDS Tools -  LDS Tools is an official application of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that allows you to download Ward and Stake directory information to your iPhone. It also displays events from the Church's new calendaring system which will be rolled out during the second half of 2010. I like that it separates the spouses for separate contact information. Free.

I've used this to replace iWard which was available before the official app came. They do essentially the same thing. $4.99.

LDS Hymns -  The LDS Hymns application features PDF versions of the LDS hymns. The application is designed to be simple, organized, and easy to use. You can search hymns by name, number or full text, access hymns by category, and select your favorite hymns for quick access later! Due to copyrights some hymns may not have the music and/or words.

LDS Hymns now includes English, Spanish and now Portuguese hymns with the ability to quickly switch between languages.

LDS News - Read the latest news as well as numerous other current stories, blogs, and messages of inspiration, all from official Church and Church-owned sources. Watch the Church's The World Report videos. Listen to the talks and music from the latest General Conference.

Currently with 23 different services from which to choose and you never have to leave the app!

The services currently being offered are:
• General Conference streaming audio -- talks and music. Can play in the background on iOS 4 devices while you do other things on your iPhone or iPod.

• The World Report streaming video podcasts.

• 6 Church news feeds:
- News Around the Church
- Home Page
- Newsroom
- Newsroom Blog
- LDS Tech

• 6 Mormon Times daily news feeds:
- Main page
- Today in the Bloggernacle
- Arts & Entertainment
- Mormon Living
- Studies & Doctrine
- Mormon Voices

• 5 Gems:
- Daily
- Family
- Young Single Adult
- Youth
- Church History

• 4 Deseret News feeds:
- Utah stories
- BYU Sports
- U of U Sports
- Utah State Sports

So those are just few apps that I have. What is your favorite app and why?


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