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Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 05 August 2015

Did you know you have your own personal, private online space at to collect your gospel content and notes and organize your gospel study?

If LDS mobile apps are your primary source for gospel study, you should know about the tools that are available online in Notes (also called Notes and Journaling). This “study space” is where all the bookmarks, tags, highlighted passages, and notations created in Gospel Library apps or online at come together and stay in sync.

Tools available at this site help you organize the results of your gospel study, edit or remove items, and filter and see items you have categorized.

The interface is also very helpful when you are preparing a talk or lesson plan because as you are browse resources across, you can gather all your ideas, authoritative quotes, and scripture passages together in one place, then download or print the results so you are not dependent upon the meetinghouse Internet!

To access your study space, sign in at and open Notes from the “My Account” menu. You can also use the “Open Notebook” link on the black toolbar at the bottom of your browser window when reading in the scriptures, Church magazines, lesson manuals, and conference addresses. A third way is from the “Scriptures and Study” menu at, by picking “Study Tools” and then “My Notes.” You’ll be cued to sign in with your LDS Account if you have not done so already.

Navigating in Notes

The Notes application was formerly known as “My Study Notebooks.” It consists of Notebooks (folders), Types (annotations), and Tags (topics). If you’ve not organized what you’ve saved through mobile apps, you will need to do some work to create notebooks, add items, and tag or categorize your entries, but once you’ve done that your ability to reference, retrieve, modify, and use the results of your studies will be of great benefit to you. Directly within Notes you can add your own personal thoughts and reflections as journal entries, add those to notebooks, tag them to customize your study experience.

Using the Notebooks, Types, and Tags in Notes

There are three different types of annotations: 1) Bookmarks, 2) Highlights, and 3) Journal entries. They are “unassigned” or free-floating in your online space under “All items” until you put them in a Notebook and add Tags to categorize them. Highlights are usually the most common and are not color coded in the interface. All entries that are unassigned are sorted in descending date order by default.

Tags work like topics in a topical guide. Adding tags to passages you highlight allows you to filter out information later across many notebooks. You can create Tags using a toolbar option while you read, or afterward from within the interface by using the “edit” button for an entry.

Bookmarks are created while reading to save a reference point. In Notes they appear with a partial title and truncated version of the content to let you know a little about the reference point. From within Notes, a bookmark will take you back to the source when you select it and click on the title in the right pane. Passages you have highlighted work similarly.

You may add a journal entry directly into the interface using the link at the top with the plus (+) sign, or from the “Journal Entry” link on the black toolbar at the bottom of your browser screen. Adding personal notes using Gospel Library toolbars creates journal entries in Notes online. Such entries are limited to 650 words in plain text formatting. There is no counter to tell you when you’ve exceeded the limit where text will automatically be truncated, so keep your journal entries short. To help you check your word count, you can also copy and paste plain text from a word processing program into a journal entry.

Notebooks act like file folders for highlighted passages, bookmarks, and journal entries that you want to group together. When you select a notebook, you see only those things that you have added to the notebook. They are primarily an online feature. Though they appear in the mobile apps in one form or another, they are not as versatile. In Gospel Library iOS app, for instance, you create pages, but the toolbar while you are studying doesn’t let you add directly to a page. You may copy and paste, but that doesn’t bring the source line over with the citation. One of the best things about online notebooks is the ability to re-order items within a notebook by dragging and dropping the items as they appear. In the online space, notebooks are sorted alphabetically by default.

Tips for Web Browsers

If you are a Windows user, hold down the “Ctrl key” while clicking “Open Notebook” on the desktop and your default web browser will open a new tab. You can switch back and forth between your reading location and your study space in Notes. This works similarly to the “Add Screen” feature in the Gospel Library mobile apps. If one web browser doesn’t work well, try another. Use a web browser from your mobile device and switch between reading and your “study space.”

Developers are working to add functionality to make your experience more standard. You will find good documentation and tips under “Help” at the bottom of Notes online and through an active group discussing functionality on the LDSTech Forum.



# Kyle Winter Erb 2015-08-09 12:41
Great info. I shared this with my Ward.
# Jerrod M Guddat 2015-08-09 14:50
This is one of the best features of the Gospel Library App!
# Alberto Alejandro Colon Reyes 2015-08-09 18:47
This is great. I just hope you guys bring this feature to the Spanish version of the scripture also. As for now only works if the language is in english.
# Linda Susan Harper 2015-09-13 11:33
I too have taught a class in our RS meetings about using this and the app. I love this feature and as a former seminary teacher have made it my yearly project to put notes and mark scriptures using the study notebook so they will appear into my e scriptures! However, this past week, (Friday Sept 11) I was working and went to another chapter and the study notebook online did not come back up and I have not been able to access it since Friday (It is now Sunday). I would love some feedback as to why. I've tried from several different computers in the house. My previous notes are still appearing on my tablet and phone, thank goodness!
# Wendy Roussety 2015-09-13 18:46
I have been using notes on my computer for about 3 weeks now but today and the last time I tried to highlight something I realised that the footer or black tool bar that says open notebook is not appearing. I am unable to highlight directly and my only option at the moment is to copy and paste by having notebook open in a separate tab. Please can you explain how I can get the black footer back on my screen.
# Sharon Leslie Howell 2015-09-16 09:12
The black toolbar only shows up when in scriptures, Church magazines, Lesson manuals, and Conference talks. If it is absent try a different browser. Make sure you are logged into your LDS Account. You'll need to be logged in to have the toolbar available to highlight while reading within a passage.
# Ken Hansen 2016-02-22 22:48
Thanks for this great post! I love the Gospel Library and the Notes feature. I've been using it for 5 years now. It keeps getting better! When will the black toolbar show up in other areas of content, like Preach My Gospel? I can annotate PMG on my iOS device, but the text I highlight doesn't show up consistently in my Notes online. Tags don't show up either. Any ideas here?
# Ken Hansen 2016-02-22 23:08
Updating my post. It seems that the black toolbar is available in Safari.
# Celeste Ngamako Tonga 2015-09-17 12:44
My Note lists are getting longer and longer. Is it possible to have them alphabetized like they are in the online space? Every day I'm scrolling up and down looking for the Note I want to place a particular scripture or passage in, and I would rather spend that time reading and learning. I do 99% of my scripture studying and learning online. It would also cut down on duplications.
# Fred Meese 2015-10-08 08:34
When I make all my notes and annotations, who controls them after I die? Is there a provision to pass them and my account id to one of my children?
# Robert Bruce Epling 2015-10-09 08:59
I do my studying on a tablet. I also have lots of notebooks and wish I could Alphabetized them?? Is this ability owing or perhaps I just haven't found it yet
# Scott Sessions 2015-10-10 14:48
Just wondering, what happens to the content when is promoted to the afterlife? Is there a way to export our digital content for posterity?
# Garth Reed 2016-01-30 10:45
I had the same question and was able to print my notes as a .pdf file. I will have to do so periodically to keep it updated, but that would be one method.
# Celeste Ngamako Tonga 2016-01-31 19:49
Thanks for sharing this.
A bit of a hassle, but the best solution thus far.
# Caylynne Reed 2016-01-30 10:50
Is there a way to filter my notes by whether they are annotated or just highlighted?
# Sharon Leslie Howell 2016-02-01 07:11
Right now there is not a way to filter out just the notes that have been highlighted. If you are an avid highlighter they would be extensive to manage. If you use colors to classify highlights though into groups, such as "doctrine" or "principles" or "practices", etc. a good way to retrieve them is to use tags then filter by the tag.
# Pedro Guillermo Acevedo Vargas 2016-08-06 16:51
Are we closer to having the notes feature available in other languages? I often use highlighting and notes in the Spanish Sunday School manual on my phone to prepare the lesson, but highlights and notes are not available at all on in Spanish.

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