54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2011
I tried a lot of other scripture applications and most of them can accomplish getting the text of the scriptures on your device to read. This application goes WAY beyond that. With highlighting, bookmarking, notes, synchronization between your mobile device and your Mac or PC, and it includes about all the written content you could ever need instead of just the standard works. It has the Hymns, General Conference, manuals, magazines, quotes... The list goes on and on. The interface is easy to use and navigate. I usually find that I can get to a verse as fast or faster than others, whether they have physical scriptures or another application on a device.
The $15 for the application seems like a lot compared to other applications in the app market but when you consider all you're getting with it for the price of a meal at a restaurant, it's a bargain. Some people may think that scriptures should always be free and to them I would say go get one of the free apps that just give you the text of the scriptures. What you pay for with this application is the work that has been put into making a truly well designed and usable scripture study/General Conf/Ensign/etc... application.
I also get the impression the development team is committed to making the application better and better. I feel good about supporting this application whole-heartedly.
42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2011
I own this one and the app of the same name from Standard Works, LLC. I would steer everyone towards this app. First of all, if you want incredible customer service (I have had to deal with both) then trust me when I say that LDSScriptures.com wins hands down.
This app has a great set of features and I love the option of having the hymns with the actual music and not just the words. Grab this app if the free official app from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints isn't doing everything you need.
53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
I have had this app on my Android phone for as long as I have had the phone and have it on my desktop as well. The Kindle marketplace (on the device) does not show this app and when you go to purchase it from the Amazon Andorid app location it gives you a "May not be compatible" warning. I Paid for it nonetheless and thought I had downloaded it but it did not show up on my Fire. I called Amazon and they said it wasn't compatible and refunded my money. I talked, via email, to "LDS Scrptures" developers and they assured me that the app was compatible. I decided to try again knowing I would not get my money back if it didn't work. I waited at least 30 minutes (maybe more) for the app to show up in the cloud storage but it finally did. I installed it and logged into my account and it works just fine. I guess what I am saying is this is a great app and don't be afraid to install it on your Kindle Fire. BTW the Fire is a great device and it only cost $199. Another note. It is about the size of a notepad that you would take to a meeting if you have the Evernote app (great app too), you are all set to use it instead of paper.
Dan Orr -
Avid Fan of the app
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2012
Initially I was delighted with the app for my husband's kindle. Then suddenly it stopped working, no warning, no explanation, nothing documented on Amazon's troubleshooting.
Apparently it needs to connnect with a WIFI to verify it's a purchased APP. I don't like this, I paid for it and it has never left the Kindle. I don't have a WIFI conveniently available, and I don't wish to have to track on a calendar when to re-confirm with the app to keep it functioning.
I would like to see a 3 day warning that it is about to expire and needs verification. Preferably I would like it to work indefinatly since it has never left or been loaned on the Kindle.
If I had a WIFI convenient it would be transparent, but I don't and this is not documented at all, which is ridiculous for the end user.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
This application has way more capability and functionality than the free version. Do not pay any attention to those who gave it a one. They are either ignorant or they are mis-representing the facts (complaining about selling price being a rip-off is unfair because the paid version has much more capability). Cross-references are more comprehensive (go several levels deep), reference teaching materials such as Gospel Doctrine manuals, etc. Music has audio for instrument and voice, scriptures has audio. These things are not available on the free version. Totally worth the money.
Update - March 2012
Since early February, the Church has updated the LDS Gospel Library so that it is superior to LDS Scriptures. It now has working links which extend indefinitely, has a better layout of manuals etc. The only thing lacking in the LDS free version is the music is words only. Otherwise, it is now the superior product and is free, unlike my review above. It is also available through the Amazon library directly instead of having to download the file to install. It also allows you to download whatever content you want including Ensigns back until 1971 and General Conference until 1976.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2012
I originally bought this app because it featured multiple tabs. It is very handy for Sunday School when you have to juggle so many materials for a lesson. The church's app doesn't have that feature, and I really like it for that. I use this app on my Kindle Fire.
There are several other reasons that I like about this app:
1) Notes, tags, and highlighting- The notes, tags and highlighting feature is great. You can insert notes in-between verses whenever you want. The tags make it easy to find whatever you need to by subject, and the highlighting is good, and offers many different colors. (There are some things that I don't like about highlighting, but I will mention them below)
2) Bookmarks, links, and citations- The bookmark feature is really nice. It's easy to update a bookmark, and you can have several at once. I like it because I can separate my personal reading from where I'm reading for Institute, Sunday School, etc. The links are about the same as the church's app, but still really nice to have. The citations are one thing that I really like about the app. For each scripture, it has a little box, and shows a number of how many times that particular scripture has been cited from other church materials such as General Conference, Manuals, and other books. If you touch it, it shows you a list of these items, and links right to them. It makes it easy to learn more about any given topic.
3) Hymns- It shows the sheet music for each hymn, and if you have Wifi in your church, (lucky) you can play the music with or without vocals.
Some things I didn't like about this app:
1) As much as I like the highlighting, it's hard to use, and sometimes very confusing. It doesn't always mark where you want it to, and it's hard to erase things that you didn't want highlighted in the first place. This may be due to the fact that I have pretty large fingers, and the text is fairly small... However, either way, I would highly recommend buying a stylus. I bought a stylus, and it makes things a lot more accurate. It has greatly improved my experience with this feature.
2) As nice as the citations are, it pulls them from a very large database. It bugs me that it shows citations from all of the church manuals. (i.e., I'm not involved in the primary or young men/young women programs and so don't need to see these citations) Also, the General Conference database is fairly small. It would be nice if you could select what citations you want instead of seeing them all.
3) The interface is very confusing and hard to use. The multiple tab option doesn't actually show tabs (on the Kindle Fire). You have to open up a separate page, and then add another "tab." This takes you back to the home page where you have to go through all of the options to get to the page (i.e., open up the Old Testament, select book, then chapter).
In essence, this app has a lot of good features to it. However, the features are often times glitchy, and it is hard to use. It is very slow to use. I personally feel that $15 is a little much to ask for it.
So after 9 months of using this App I thought that I'd update my review. I have lowered my rating to 1 star. Support for this app is horrible. I haven't seen many updates for it, and nothing significant has been changed about it. The "my content" part of the site has been down for several weeks now, so I can't add anything new to it. I'm convinced more and more that the creators of this product just want money and don't care for customers. However, I still use the app. I payed 15 bucks for it!
*Please make a product worth my hard earned money!*
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2011
You can download the lds gospel library for free. you can get all the scriptures, plus church magazines, manuals, handbooks like for the strength of the youth, faith in God, and true to the faith. you can also get the hymn book and children's songbook, and conference talks. you only have to download the things you want and its all free.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2011
I have used this app for about a week now on my Kindle fire. Value is the key for this app. There are a lot of free apps with very little or no value: ie wasted effort. In other words the investment is not worth the gain. In the case of this app, I would consider it a very high value. It has everything that I want and more. All relevant books, magazines, documents, access to many other classic books, Search, bookmarking, highlighting, footnotes support, cross referencing, multi-page switching for research, Audio; and the list goes on. All for less than fifteen bucks. Fantastic!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2011
One of the best apps to for church, so you can carry all the standard works in your pocket or purse.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2012
This was great app to have at church, I loved having all the hymns with the music. Unfortunately, with the latest update, this app will not work without a wifi connection, which means unless you have access to the wifi network in your meeting house, this app won't even let you access your scriptures.
So at this point I can't recommend this app, as it's only advantage over the free app the church offers is the fact it has ALL of the hymns with the sheet music. If you've got a musical calling, that might make it worth your money, otherwise save your money until the developer removes the requirement that you have access to a wifi network to use this waste of space.