The Gospel Library app designed for the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints lets you access a vast content library of everything ever published and stored by the church right on your device. You can access scriptures, conference materials, magazines, video, audio, gospel art, manuscripts and so much more right on your mobile device.
You can access LDS material such as LDS books and scriptures, the entire Book of Mormon with footnotes and references, the Bible, Pearl of Great Price, Articles of Faith and Joseph Smith Translations among other valuable material in the LDS library.
I broke down a few of the neat features that you can use to make your way around the app:
Settings: You can customize the text size to whatever is comfortable for you and also choose different Themes (default, sepia, night, and dark blue).
The toolbar: Select the text on scriptures and pick styles and color from the numerous options provided. Highlight a word and find its meaning in the dictionary, or use the search feature for words and phrases and even create tags.
Bookmarks: If you need to remember or come back to your reading, create and name bookmarks from chapters, verses or entire books, and these will appear under the bookmarks window in the order of preference.
Sidebar: Lets you easily access footnotes by just tapping, and the verses will move from the sidebar and into the active screen.
Android compatibility varies with the device. The IPA requires iOS 9.0 or later, and it is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Ease of Use
The search feature doesn’t work and usually makes the app quite unstable. Having to get content (which isn’t fast) that you had already loaded before is a big turn off for me. Server access is also noticeably slow. The Gospel Library Google Play app is quite unstable.
The latest version sports an improved UI, a better search feature and a menu option to close all open screens with just a tap. Now it also lets users link to content outside the gospel library without crashing.
I’d call the design of the app quite ‘classic,’ with sharp, dark font contrasted against a light background, with the black theme of the LDS Church as the header. The design is quite fluid and intuitive, and everything from the Notebook, Tags to Videos are stacked in neat tiles and easily accessible menus. You can slide and tap through various options to quickly access or change different items such as tags and bookmarks.
Both the App Store and Google Play versions are free to install and offer no in-app purchases.
Vast content library.
The app is too glitchy, especially on Google Android devices;
Needs users to re-download content every time;
Controls are not accessible for full video screen mode.
Despite being the best app in terms of LDS content, the app is unstable. You can keep updated on all LDS content and study material without the need for shopping around physically. With the new fixes, the app is sure to be a brilliant piece of work eventually, and that’s why I’d recommend it.