Gospel Library for iOS user documentation

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Downloading content

When the gospel library app is first installed, there will be no data (i.e., no scriptures, magazines, etc.) on the app; material must be added by pressing the 'Manage Library' button. When the 'Manage Library' is pressed, a menu showing available content is shown. To download content to the device, simply navigate to the desired content and press the green round button next to the name. Alternatively, to download all the content of the same type (i.e., Scriptures, General Conference, etc.), press the 'Download All' button found at the top of each individual section.

Syncing content

Notes and highlights can be easily synced with and other devices. When a device is synced, all notes, highlights, documents etc. will be available on (through the LDS Account) and any changes will be automatically transferred to other synced devices.

To enable syncing, go to Settings (top right corner on the main screen) > Account Settings (under Sync) and enter a username and password for an LDS Account. Once entered, press 'Sign In' in the top right hand corner. Once signed in, the option for Annotation Sync will switch on (below the username and password), and the device will become synced.

Highlighting verses/adding notes

To highlight a verse or passage (hereafter in this section, simply called 'verse') from a manual/magazine, first hold a finger on the desired verse/paragraph and it will become highlighted. To select a more specific part of the passage, move the blue handles with a finger to the desired place. To cancel a highlight, simply press on an unhighlighted area. After a successful highlight (but not completed), a menu will appear with 5 options (with 2 additional options if the selected highlight is completed):


This will open up note dialog, where text can be added under the verse for future reference


This will open a tag dialog, where tags can be added to help identify the general theme of the highlight.


This allows the user to link the highlighted verse with another verse. Once selected, a dialog appears to select the verse to link to.


This allows the verse to be highlighted without a note.


This allows the verse to be copied to a document (useful for compiling a specific set of references for, say, a talk).

After the highlight is finished, if the user taps on the highlighted verse, two additional options appear.


This allows the verse to be underlined (or to turn underline off) and the color of the highlight to be chosen.


This removes the highlight, and any associated notes. If multiple highlights have been applied, you may need to go through the Remove process multiple times until the text has no highlight remaining.

Navigating material

Once material is downloaded, it can be accessed in a variety of ways.

Material can be navigated to through the menu, present when the app first starts. This is a standard iOS menu where, to get to the next 'level', the category is pressed, and the menu progresses. To go back a stage, press the button on the upper left corner (usually displaying the name of the previous stage). This is the main way material can be navigated.

Any hyperlinked material (e.g., verses in manuals) can be pressed, and the selected reference will be loaded. In this case, press the button in the upper left corner to return to the previous material (e.g., if a verse is pressed in a manual, the upper left button will return to the manual). Footnotes bring up the footnotes dialog. To close the footnotes dialog, press the dark grey bar above the dialog. Default behavior for the footnotes dialog can be selected in Settings.

Settings can be accessed by pressing the 'Settings' button in the upper right corner on the home screen.

The notebook can be accessed by pressing the 'Notebook' button in the upper right corner when navigating material. when one presses 'Done', the page stays open while they navigate the scriptures, and then when 'Notebook' is pressed again, the user is taken straight back to the document they were working on before.

There are currently five buttons across the bottom of the Gospel Library app for iOS. The following is their function (from left to right):


This button takes the user back to the main library page (the default page when the app is first opened)

Bookmarks/History/Go To

This button takes the user to a sub section where bookmarks can be accessed/made; history can be viewed; the user can 'go to' a scripture (skipping the menu). To access any of these functions, press their respective buttons.


To add a bookmark, press 'Add Bookmark'. To change the title of the bookmark, press the text box (title defaults to the scripture reference) and type your own.

To edit bookmarks, press 'Edit' in the top right hand corner to enter edit mode. Press a bookmark to change the title, and press the red circle to cause the delete button to appear, and press delete to delete the bookmark.

Alternatively, swipe across a bookmark (when not in edit mode) to cause the delete button to appear.

To replace a bookmark, press a current bookmark and a menu will appear asking the user to either 'Go to This Bookmark' or 'Replace Bookmark'. Press 'Replace Bookmark'.

To go to a bookmark, press a bookmark and select 'Go to This Bookmark'.


This displays the most recently viewed scriptures on the app in chronological order, with the most recent at the top. To go to an entry, press it.

Go To

This allows the user to jump to a scripture without navigating the menu (useful for slower devices where loading the menu takes time).

To navigate, simply begin to type in the book (for Doctrine and Covenants, start typing 'doctrine and covenants') and possible selections will appear beneath; e.g., 'En' gives the option of Enos. When the book appears, press it, and continue to write the chapter and verse. When complete, press 'Go'; e.g., 'Enos 1:3' will take the user to Enos, chapter 1 verse 3.


This is a standard search function for the material downloaded onto the device. To search, enter the desired text to search and press 'Search'. To access an entry, press the entry and a list of matches will appear beneath the entry. The three options for how to treat the search text are:


Only return results that match the exact search text; e.g., 'liken the scriptures' will only return passages with the exact phrase 'liken the scriptures'.

All Words

Only return results that have all words in the search text; e.g., 'liken the scriptures' will return only passages that have 'liken', 'the' and 'scriptures' included in the text.

Any Words

Return results that have any of the words in the search text; e.g., 'liken the scriptures' will return passages with 'liken' and/or 'the' and/or 'scriptures'. This is the broadest search option.


The tabs button allows the user to have more than one scripture or passage open at once.

To add a new tab, press the + in the bottom left hand corner.

To delete a tab, press the x in the corner of said tab.

To navigate to different tabs, drag left or right until the desired tab is visible. Press the tab to start reading.


Press this button to start an audio reading of the current chapter. This button will play even if the device is set on silent.


Account settings

This is discussed in the Syncing content section.

Font, spacing, alignment

This allows the user to change the look and feel of the text of the gospel library. Sliders are used to select font, spacing between verses/pargraphs and the font used to display content.


This defines the default behaviour of footnotes, whether to always display (when first activated by pressing a footnote in the text), to hide when scrolling (but then reappear after scrolling is complete) or to close when scrolling starts.

Quick scrolling

This toggle activates an invisible scroll bar on the right of the text. Touch the scrollbar and move to quickly navigate through the text, with the top of the text at the top of the scrollbar and bottom at the bottom of the scrollbar etc.

If the scrollbar appears not to work, try pressing on the rightmost edge until it appears. The scrollbar is not visible in night viewing mode.

Night viewing

When toggled on, the background of the text becomes black and the text becomes white. When toggled off, background is white and text is black.

Restore default settings

Restore the default settings of the app.

Launch screen

Allows the user to choose whether to start at the home screen or at a previously prepared document when starting the Gospel Library app.

Rotation Lock

This toggle locks the rotation of the app, so that the app stays on it's current orientation despite the position of the device.

NB If the rotation lock is on when the app starts, it will be locked to portrait. This can be switched by entering settings, turning the toggle off, rotating the device, waiting for the app to rotate and toggling rotation lock back on. (tested on iphone 3G).

Fullscreen mode

This activates the ability for the user to double tap the text to hide the bars at the top and bottom of the text. Double tap again to show them.

Wi-Fi only

This toggle specifies if all content should be downloaded only when connected to wifi (recommended).

This page was last modified on 9 April 2018, at 14:42.

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