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Written by Rob Goates   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012

A new app for Android and iOS called “The Book of Mormon” is now available for beta testing. Intended for missionary efforts, this app provides a simple, footnote-free digital copy of the Book of Mormon in a variety of languages.

Instead of giving tangible copies of the Book of Mormon, missionaries (both full-time and members) can give out cards with QR codes directing investigators to the new app.

A QR code operates on a graphic that consists of black modules (square dots) arranged in a square pattern on a white background. This QR code, after being scanned by an iOS or Android device, opens a site where investigators can download the app. 

The following screens show the Book of Mormon app on Android and iOS.

Book of Mormon App for Android

Screens from the Book of Mormon app for Android. Reading the Book of Mormon (left) and listening to the audio narration (right).

Book of Mormon App for Android

Screens from the Book of Mormon app for Android. Searching for a topic (left) and connecting with missionaries and finding meetinghouses (right).

Book of Mormon app for iOS

Screens from the Book of Mormon app for iOS. Reading the Book of Mormon (left) and listening to the audio narration (right).

Book of Mormon app for iOS

Screens from the Book of Mormon app for iOS. Searching for a topic (left) and connecting with missionaries and finding meetinghouses (right).

Some missionaries already hand out cards with QR codes that point to investigator-oriented websites (such as Mormon.org) and have had success with them. Now the QR codes will help investigators download the full Book of Mormon in digital form.

“We see this as an opportunity to help fulfill the prophecy of flooding the earth with the Book of Mormon, but at a much lower cost than what comes with printing tangible books,” said Hilton Campbell, an iOS developer who worked on the app. “Wherever people are, anyone can now use their smart device to read the Book of Mormon in a simple-to-use app.”

Multiple Languages Supported

The Android version of the app uses the device to automatically load the reader's language setting. Users can navigate to another language as desired. With 31 languages available in the app, users can find nearly any language they want for a positive reading experience.

The iOS version of the app loads the English language by default, and the user is then able to navigate to the necessary language.

Simplified App

Unlike the Gospel Library app, the Book of Mormon app does not contain footnotes or references. The app is tailored to be used by those investigating the Church. It gives users access to a more simplified and straightforward version of the Book of Mormon.

Audio Playback

With the primary release, audio playback will be available in five selected languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese. Android users can read along with the audio or simply listen to it while multi-tasking on their device. (The iOS version does not yet allow multi-tasking during audio playback.) As the app continues to be developed, additional languages will become available.

Learn More

Because the app was designed for investigators, it allows users to ask questions and receive clarification about the meaning of a specific scripture or doctrine through a link to Mormon.org, where questions are answered by missionaries.

The app also provides the ability to find a local church house for worship services.

Beta Testing the Android Version

If you would like to beta test the Android version of the Book of Mormon app, do the following:

Join the Book of Mormon for Android Project

  1. Sign in to LDSTech with your LDS Account.
  2. Click Projects on the top menu.
  3. If you haven’t completed your profile yet, click the Profile option on the submenu and complete the required information. At the very least, you must sign the contributor’s agreement.
  4. Click the Projects subtab.
  5. Click the Book of Mormon for Android project, and then scroll down and click Join.

Download the Latest Build

  1. On your Android device, go to http://ldsmobiletester.com/android.
  2. Scroll to Book of Mormon and click Latest Build.

Complete the Test Cases in Swarm

  1. Go to http://tech.lds.org/swarm.
  2. Click the Book of Mormon for Android project.
  3. Complete the test cases shown.

Beta Testing the iOS Version

To beta test the iOS version of the Book of Mormon app, do the following:

Join the Book of Mormon for iOS Project

  1. Sign in to LDSTech with your LDS Account.
  2. Click Projects on the top menu.
  3. If you haven’t completed your profile yet, click the Profile option on the submenu and complete the required information. At the very least, you must sign the contributor’s agreement.
  4. Click the Projects subtab.
  5. Click the Book of Mormon for iOS project, and then scroll down and click Join.

Download the Latest Build

You can download the iOS beta version through TestFlight. Instructions for downloading and installing TestFlight are on the LDSTech wiki: https://tech.lds.org/wiki/Downloading_TestFlight. The instructions explain how to sign up for TestFlight, register your device, request access, and download the apps you have been given access to.

Complete the Test Cases in Swarm

  1. Go to http://tech.lds.org/swarm.
  2. Click the Book of Mormon for Android project.
  3. Complete the test cases shown.

For questions about the app, contact the leaders for each project. Contact information for the project leaders is listed on the project pages (available from the Projects menu on LDS Tech).

 

Comments  

 
# pike 2012-08-01 08:20
What is an expected public release for this and will it be available for both i-phone and i-pad?
 
 
# Hilton Campbell 2012-08-02 09:49
The iOS app is currently in review with Apple. I believe that once it is approved (hopefully today or tomorrow) it will be available publicly on both iOS and Android.
 
 
# LukeA 2012-08-02 08:00
Perhaps the first item in the "Beta Testing the iOS Version" should be "Join the Book of Mormon for iOS Project" rather than "Join the Book of Mormon for Android Project"
 
 
# Tim 金龙Λ̊™ Riker 2012-10-30 08:19
fixed. thanx!
 
 
# Chandler Phillip Scott 2012-08-02 09:42
Is the iOS beta avaliable for iPad, or iPod only?
 
 
# Hilton Campbell 2012-08-02 09:49
iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
 
 
# David Whiting 2012-08-02 10:34
I have just been called to be a ward missionary. I am excited to download this app and see how it works. This will be really good to spread the Book of Mormon all around the world! I need to talk to the ward mission leader and get some of these QR code cards.
 
 
# Wess Sorensen 2012-08-02 11:11
Great idea. Many people are using digital books these days. It is an easy way to help spread the gospel message
 
 
# Mike Glover 2012-08-02 13:54
Is there also a King James Holy Bible in the works for our Non religious friends?
 
 
# Shannon S. 2012-08-02 14:34
We have a Missionary out in the field and we would LOVE to find these QR cards to send to him. Anything to help cut down the weight in their backpacks! I hope to find out where we can find these cards as soon as possible. Thank you for letting us know about them!
 
 
# Shannon S. 2012-08-02 14:38
Until we can find cards with the QR code on them, I suppose we can print off labels with the website on them and stick them on blank pass along cards :) I hope that would be a proper alternative for now.
 
 
# ZZaa 2012-08-05 17:04
Some great things are possible with this. I heard about an ap called "chirp" that once downloaded and activated on both devices, the sender can send an audile "chirp" which is heard and directs to an uploaded picture, text, or link. Kinda of like an audio QR code. Imagine a conference or other broadcast and near the start a commercial runs asking people to download the free chirp ap. Several minutes later, a commercial announcement runs asking people to open the ap and hold their device near the TV, then a chirp is sent allowing every listening chirp to be directed to enable them to download this free Book of Mormon.
 
 
# Kirk Ouimet 2012-08-07 14:41
You should use our QR code generator (http://scan.me/qr-code-generator/) to create the QR code for distribution so we can give you awesome stats (geolocation, etc.).
 
 
# MattArrrrr 2012-08-08 10:03
Quoting LukeA:
Perhaps the first item in the "Beta Testing the iOS Version" should be "Join the Book of Mormon for iOS Project" rather than "Join the Book of Mormon for Android Project"

No, they got it right. The new church doctrine is to leave iOS for the true OS :p
 
 
# Mike Ball 2012-08-08 10:31
Quoting MattArrrrr:
No, they got it right. The new church doctrine is to leave iOS for the true OS :p


MattArrrrr is spreading false doctrine on here. I highly recommend he remedies this with his priesthood leaders. ;)
 
 
# JeffWright 2012-08-20 17:14
What is the latest with this? Can't wait for release
 
 
# JeffWright 2012-08-30 07:20
I see that this has been released. Thanks for the input
 
 
# Alexander C Matheson 2012-10-13 12:25
What major languages are included in Book of Mormon app for Apple. Does it include ASL (american sign language) -the 3rd most common language in USA?
 
 
# Tim 金龙Λ̊™ Riker 2012-10-30 08:22
Note: there is a Gospel Library app for JavaME devices too. This includes many "Feature Phones". tech.lds.org/dl/gljme/
 
 
# Paul K-H 2013-01-06 02:50
When will Thai be added as a language version?
 
 
# Heather Anais Van Shaar 2016-10-04 23:19
Where can I get the QR code pass along cards? I have seen them--a sister missionary from temple square had them--but they don't seem to be available anywhere.
I don't mean the regular ones with a QR code to mormon.org, I mean the QR code to download the Book of Mormon app.
 

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