LDS Apps: 10 Apps Every Member of The Church Must Know

Time goes by so fast. During the late 19th century, there were no fancy gel pens and colored pictures. Only slate and some chalks were used for studying. But in our world today, even the 2-year-old kids learn the ABCs through the use of technology.

Technology Changed Our Lives

We are now living in a world where people can fly from one place to another, talk face-to-face from different continents, and even drive a car without really driving it. If you ask a person “Do you have a smartphone?” you might possibly get an answer like “Who doesn’t have one?”

Technology made our everyday lives easier. It lets us do the things that were so impossible to do years ago, such as the use of mobile applications — one tap and you’re all set!

As of today, more people are using mobile phones and tablets rather than computers because of affordability and accessibility. And since everyone prefers convenience, mobile applications became popular.

The Church is Making “Access” Easy

The rise of mobile applications can’t be controlled, rather, we can take advantage of it! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has developed a more convenient way on how to study the gospel, learn the scriptures, listen to church songs, make presentations, and even catch up with the latest church news.

Let’s take a closer look at each LDS app that every member of the church must know:

Official LDS Apps

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints developed various mobile apps that are useful for every member of the church. These are all free to download from the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play Store (Android).

The Book of Mormon App

The most suggested LDS mobile application to every member (and non-member). The Book of Mormon app is a digital copy of the Book of Mormon and is also one of the official apps of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This allows you to study and learn the stories of the Book of Mormon whenever and wherever you are.

Users have mentioned that their favorite feature of this app is that it allows them to search passages easily and have simple navigation to make it convenient for everyone.

To know more about the Book of Mormon stories and the different ways to access it, check out this article “Book of Mormon Stories: A New Way to Feast on The Scriptures”

Member Tools App (Old LDS Tools App)

The Member Tools app acts as your handy organizer. It helps every member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to easily contact ward and stake members, access event calendars, and instantly locate Church meetinghouses and temples. For church leaders, the Member Tools app allows them to access additional membership information and reports.

Almost every user loves the app, especially the feature where they’re able to contact the members of their ward or stake. On the other hand, there were some cases where the app shuts down. If that happens, simply restart the app.

Sacred Music App

Sacred Music is a wonderful LDS mobile app to have. This is the official hymns and music app of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If you’re bothered by carrying around the 456-page hymnbook, this app is a good alternative. Sacred Music is also a music player — not only the music from the hymnbook, but also from Children’s Songbook, Youth Theme, and other music collections. A good package, isn’t it?

Users love this handy church app because it helps them sing-a-long with the songs even before going to bed! However, other users have mentioned that they would love it more if developers fix the minor issues (such as the glitches and force stop).

Gospel Library App

Gospel Library is the gospel study app of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this app, you can find scriptures, magazines, manuals, and more. You can also take down notes or personalize your study — every single thing you do during your gospel study is possible to do in this church app!

Another favorite feature of the members is that you can either watch, listen, or read general conference talks which are easy to find by speakers or by topics. There are so many things to find in this app, kind of like your on-the-go LDS library! However, some users have mentioned that this app sometimes has problems connecting to the internet. If that happens, simply restart the app.

Gospel Media App

The Gospel Media app is the partner of the Gospel Library app. You can use these two apps side-by-side during your gospel study and even when you’re sharing the gospel. How? For references, or anything related to “words,” you will use the Gospel Library app. For videos, images, music, or anything related to “media,” you will use the Gospel Media app. They’re not difficult to use together since both are user-friendly —  specially made for all ages!

Most users, particularly the parents, love the Gospel Media app because it helps them teach their kids more effectively. Because, you know, kids love media!

Bible Videos App

The Bible Videos app is a collection of videos about our Savior’s life, His teachings, and His disciples. This app will bring you closer to Jesus by providing good-quality videos for you and your family to watch.

There are no issues regarding this LDS app, however, a stable internet connection is required for video streaming.

LDS Youth App

Another official application of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the LDS Youth app updates you about the latest youth content with just one tap away. Since we know that the “youth” in today’s generation have either smartphones or tablets, this church app encourages our young ones to spend time with this app rather than social media.

The LDS Youth app has a collection of videos, articles, and music tailored to youth. And because teens love to share everything with their friends, the LDS Youth app has a feature that allows the user to share content with other members — either young men and women.

Just Serve App

You’ve probably heard about JustServe.org — a website where the volunteer needs of organizations are posted and where volunteers can look for places to serve.

Just Serve app consists of all the main features of JustServe.org. Meaning, you can look for volunteer opportunities in a more organized way. More importantly, you can link the app into your phone’s location services, calendar, and map apps making it easier than going through their website page.

Doctrinal Mastery App

This amazing church app helps members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to learn the Doctrinal Mastery Passages, the Articles of Faith, and other contents shared within the Gospel Library app.

The Doctrinal Mastery app has the learning activities tailored to every user. It includes memorizing, reviewing flashcards, and quizzes. Instead of playing mobile games, just spend some time with the Doctrinal Mastery app. Trust me, you won’t regret choosing this over the online battle arena games.

The Tabernacle Choir App

Another official LDS app is The Tabernacle Choir which allows you to stream music — both old classics and new favorites. This app keeps you updated about the upcoming events and news about the Choir. You can also purchase tickets, order your favorite albums, books, and DVDs anytime and anywhere!

Users love The Tabernacle Choir app because it lets them listen to church songs wherever they go. Instead of listening to unclean music, why not choose the pure ones, right?

Other Apps Members Should Know About

These are must-have mobile applications that aren’t only for the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but also for non-members! They are all free to download from the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play Store (Android).

JRNL App

We know that journal writing, or just simply writing down your favorite Book of Mormon passages, is a habit to every member and investigator of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This digital journal allows you to write as much as you want and lets you upload multiple photos.

Users love the JRNL app because it helps them write down or capture their favorite memories, ideas, thoughts, and daily activities. What’s more amazing here is that you can organize everything into as many journals as you want! (No need to carry around tens of journals!)

Living Scriptures App

And the last but not the least is the Living Scriptures app — the mobile application for the whole family! As we all know, the Living Scriptures provides the best collection of faith-based videos, movies, and stories, as well as learning resources that bring the message of the Savior. You can watch them through our website livingscriptures.com or download the mobile app.

Everyone loves this wonderful app because it allows them to watch spiritual videos on their mobile phones whenever they want and wherever they are. And it’s so amazing that you won’t be worried if your kids accidentally opened this app because you’re confident enough that every video is worthy to watch.

The most-viewed in the Living Scriptures is the complete illustrated stories of the Book of Mormon. This is the best way for children to learn the Book of Mormon stories, and one of the best ways for adults to learn thoroughly the scriptures. Click the link below to start watching!

The most-viewed in the Living Scriptures is the complete illustrated stories of the Book of Mormon. This is the best way for children to learn the Book of Mormon stories, and one of the best ways for adults to learn thoroughly the scriptures. Click the link below to start watching!

Conclusion

Some people might say that “technology ruins everyone”. Some children would rather play mobile games than studying, some adults would prefer spending their time on social media than with their family, and some church members would skip gospel study due to some reasons.

But instead of blaming technology — which we really can’t resist — we should thank Heavenly Father for this marvelous blessing. In this generation, He provided us easier ways to hear His words and helps us be closer to Jesus Christ by granting us all the methods to learn the scriptures. All that we need to do now is to continue studying the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, all throughout our lives… in whichever method we prefer.

“Seek learning, even by study and also by faith.”
(D&C 88:118)

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