(article updated in January 2019)
If you’re anything like me, then daily scripture study is not always an organized affair. I gave up on digging out my beautiful, leather-bound scriptures long, long ago, and my manuals only see the light of day if I have a class to teach. For a long time I felt a little bad about it – like digital scripture study was for the weak. Real men make time for real manuals, or something. But times be changin’! Church members are encouraged to use digital resources, and regard the opportunity as a blessing.
Consider this. Two year ago, in the announcement for 2017 curriculum, teachers were encouraged to use digital materials as much as they can.
Where possible, the Church is encouraging both students and teachers to use digital versions of 2017 curriculum materials, which can be found on LDS.org and in the Gospel Library mobile app. If you haven’t tried the app, now is a good time to experience the ease of preparing, teaching, and learning from a library of gospel resources that fits in your pocket. 2017 Curriculum Announcement for Children, Youth, and Adults
However, digital resources, while convenient, come with their own challenges. One of the biggest obstacles to digital scripture study for me has been figuring out how to save meaningful notes. In my hap-hazard shift to digital study, all note-taking and highlighting ceased. This is something I knew needed to change. Within this blog I bequeath to you all the knowledge I have gained in my quest to master the notes section of my LDS account, accompanied by strategies for organization. May the note taking begin!
What Can Gospel Library and LDS.org Do?
The great news is, the Gospel Library app and Notes on lds.org can handle everything your physical scriptures can handle, plus SOOOO much more. Below you will find links to a series of blogs we’ve written about how to use these tools in your personal scripture study.
Ideas for Getting Started:
- Mark or highlight selection
- Make a note about selection
- Tag selection
- Add selection to a Notebook
- Link to another selection
- Copy selection
- Share selection
- Search for selection
- Define selected word
- Remove highlight from selection
- Manage Bookmarks & Screens, and access browsing history