Book of Mormon App for Windows Phone 7 Released PDF Print E-mail
Written by Whitney Denney   
Friday, 28 October 2011

A new Book of Mormon app is available for Windows Phone 7. The Book of Mormon app is available as a free download in the Windows Marketplace.

The Book of Mormon app is geared toward a non-member audience largely unfamiliar with the Book of Mormon. It provides another way for people who are curious about the Book of Mormon to access a copy of it. David Staheli, a senior engineer on the project, says, “If anybody out there is curious, they’ll come along and see the Book of Mormon, and they can download it for free just to see what it’s about.” 

The following screenshots are from the Book of Mormon app:


The Application and its Features

The project started in December 2010 as an experiment. Brother Staheli says, “We thought, ‘Why don’t we take what we’ve already done—the whole gospel library and all the scriptures—but simplify it a bit for missionary purposes.’” The goal was to make the Book of Mormon less intimidating to investigators, so the team simplified the user interface by removing some of the advanced features, such as footnotes.


The Book of Mormon app offers a lot of study-friendly features. Users can read or listen to audio of the text as well as underline, make notes, and bookmark their page. The application also offers a search function that will locate verses containing search terms.

One of the most significant features of the Book of Mormon application is the “About” feature on the homepage. This allows users to connect to Mormon.org to learn more about the Church. They can also call the missionaries directly using a toll-free phone number specific to the application, which is one way to measure the application’s success amongst investigators.

The Progress of the Application

Though Brother Staheli is not yet aware of how many calls have been made using the application’s toll-free number, he is keeping track of the impact of the application as measured in download numbers. Since its release a month ago, the application has had approximately 500 downloads, about one-tenth of the downloads for Gospel Library for Windows Phone 7. Currently, downloads number about fifty a week. Brother Staheli says, “That’s like handing out fifty copies of the Book of Mormon a week!”

These numbers are somewhat low to start, but as the application takes off, it will likely be extended to other platforms to increase its visibility in the market. The app has the potential to be a very economical and effective distribution of the Book of Mormon.

Pass it On

Initial promotion of the Book of Mormon app took place in the LDS Tech community with the team requesting that members tell their friends about the application. Brother Staheli hopes that the word about this app will continue to spread and increase its contribution to missionary efforts. He says, “I think the application is a success because, even if we have a lot of members (rather than non-members) downloading it, it brings missionary work to the forefront of their minds, and they are familiar with it, they know that they can recommend it, and pass it on.”

If you know someone with a Windows 7 phone, let them know about the Book of Mormon app. Even small actions like this will help carry the gospel to all the world.

 

Comments  

 
# Billy 2011-10-29 07:16
Nice to see support for WP7. The app looks great.
 
 
# purebloke 2011-10-29 07:47
Agreed. Glad to see this on Win Phone 7. Hope the rest of the Gospel Library that is on Android follows.
 
 
# Dusey 2011-10-29 10:10
I love that all the apps you guys make seem right at home on whatever OS you make them for. We notice the polish!
 
 
# Mike Ball 2011-10-29 15:31
The app looks great, but one small problem.
"If you know someone with a Windows 7 phone, let them know ..."

That sums it up right there. WP7 is great, but no one has them. I know one person with WP7. Their work gave it to them because they work for Microsoft.

I'm not sure why you would develop a WP7 app before the MUCH larger user bases like iOS and Android.

I don't want to argue over platforms, but I am honestly curious.
 
 
# David Staheli 2011-10-31 14:42
Hi Mike,

We are seeing some growth in the Windows Phone platform, but at this point, its download numbers for the Church’s apps are certainly less than iPhone and Android. The Book of Mormon app was initially developed only for the Windows Phone platform because 1) the development platform is very good and allowed speedy development of an exploratory app such as this, and 2) the Church was looking for a small-sized marketplace in which to test the app's success before developing it for other platforms. Hopefully we will see Book of Mormon apps such as this built for the other mobile platforms very soon.
 
 
# Aaron Joseph Nielson 2012-09-01 13:20
Quoting Mike Ball:
The app looks great, but one small problem.
"If you know someone with a Windows 7 phone, let them know ..."

That sums it up right there. WP7 is great, but no one has them. I know one person with WP7. Their work gave it to them because they work for Microsoft.

I'm not sure why you would develop a WP7 app before the MUCH larger user bases like iOS and Android.

I don't want to argue over platforms, but I am honestly curious.

I guess that I see it from a slightly different perspective. I think it is great that they are trying to reach everybody. Phone OS shouldn't matter.
 
 
# robert cano 2011-10-29 17:54
ojala pronto la versión en español
 
 
# Spencer 2011-10-29 23:39
Thanks for the app. It looks great.
And to Mike windows phone is awesome to develop for. Probably the best mobile developing platform there is. That could be one reason.
 
 
# Mark Jensen 2011-10-30 14:13
Thanks for making WP7 apps. I use WP7 because I find it so much better than Android despite the fact that there are so many fewer apps. Thanks for helping to change this, and hopefully over time more and more people will switch to the one true phone os :).
 
 
# Josué Giménez 2012-06-17 04:04
When we get a Spanish version?
 

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