My physical set of scriptures were lost/stolen/taken by Moroni a few years back
and with them years worth of highlights and notes. At that point I decided to go
all digital and haven't had second thoughts. Any thought or highlight I
record in my scriptures is now synced with the cloud so I don't have worry
about losing my notes. The church's Gospel Library is far from perfect but
it is convenient and effective. I'm now able to listen to conference on my
way to work, keep copies of priesthood blessings, and always have my scriptures
in my pocket. I still keep a giveaway copy of the Book of Mormon and
an old compact triple in my bag but rarely, if ever, use it.
All downloaded onto a mobile device? That's the new world we're moving
into at breakneck speed. I suppose I'll always be a fuddy-duddy
traditionalist who will always prefer the feel of a book in my hands to read the
scriptures.Oh, well. Even scrolls were a new idea at one time.
I have scriptures on my ipad and my Kindle because I've had eye problems
and can adjust the font. For quite a while I couldn't read in my regular
scriptures at all. I do love marking them and writing in the margins, but for
now I'm stuck with digital.
At the age of ninety-five, while; with the aid of spectacles; I can still read
the scriptures in my Holy Bible, I have found it to be a lot easier to do my
daily early morning reading on my large computer, the print being so much
bigger. I could also have the audio on but prefer otherwise as I can
then quickly re-check on what I have already read. This would not be
possible with the voice carrying on. I have been a member of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since I was baptised at the
Greenwich Chapel by Elders Armstrong and Blacker in November 1960. Those were
the days of the flannel board discussions and what a long way the Church has
progressed during the time up to now. Memories !
I love the digital formats the Church is pushing out. The ability to pull notes
and marked verses across devices is fantastic! But what I cannot stand, and
part of the reason I don't like to use digital in meetings, is watching the
youth play games during meetings. I absolutely hate that parents give in to
that during church meetings. Add in the local building internet access and
it's turned into watch Netflix to keep the kids quiet. We're losing
the battle if we're distracted when we should be participating in our
There is something special about a quality leather bound book. Although its
mostly digital, on different occasions, one or the other works. Thanks for the
I have the best of both worlds! I read the 2013 Edition PDF on the iPad so it
still has the same layout as the printed scriptures.First, I gave up
on the Gospel Library app. I love it. I love the idea of it. But highlighting
text never worked right for me (on Android, iPad, Chrome, Firefox, and IE) and
the annotation options were limited.Now I use Goodreader (iPad app)
primarily because it looks like the actual scriptures and the annotation tools
are amazing; I'm very happy with it. Plus it syncs everything to my dropbox
and computer so I'll always have my notes backed up to two places, one of
which I can access offline.I also have all the church manuals and
the page numbers and page layout is the same as the printed editions. It's
a dream come true for a study tool, imo. There is only one draw back, and
it's horrible. Navigating chapters and footnotes is a pain in the neck.
Unless the church releases an edition of the PDF where all footnotes are links,
then I'm out of luck until I find a different solution.
I would hate to tell one of my children to please get my scriptures, and he/she
returns with a kindle, iphone, ipad, etc., the essence of true genuine
scriptures quickly dissipate. The concept of personal scriptures is also lost.
Truth is, scriptures in digital format are on a rental and/or as-needed basis.
Therefore, the scriptures as family heirloom (Family Bible, Book of Mormon,
etc.) will be lost too.
I love my Kindle for the very reason that I dont have an extra five or six books
to carry to church each week. I never have to think about what the lesson is
that week, and what manual do I need because they're already there. There's still something about physical scriptures, but sad to say,
I can usually locate my Kindle far easier.
Print! No way will I give up my Scriptures that was a birthday gift from my
grandparents 32 years ago, with a special message. I have countless side notes,
and highlighted verses that I use today when teaching Gospel Essentials.
The retired librarian/historian in me brings out a cautionary note: the general
rule-of-thumb is that it takes someone with an academic, avocational, or
commercial interest to digitize historical print information. So, if a hefty
research project is in play, don't rely totally on electronic sources;
something significant might be overlooked. But for basic study and teaching (as
in a talk or a lesson), mobile devices and desktops are great. And yes, there is
still something magical in turning/perusing paper pages. In many instances, that
process is still faster for some of us (by using indexes and table of contents)
than waiting several seconds for an on-line search to come up.
"I do love how easy electronics make it, but I don't like the fact that
our children won't know their scriptures," Bair said.How
does this make any sense? The scriptures aren't the physical books; they
are the words within the books. If people learn those words (their meaning, the
spirit behind them, etc.), regardless of the medium, they know their
scriptures.While I don't personally share this feeling, I
understand that some people prefer the feel of a physical book. That's
fine. But we should be wary of attaching needless significance to physical
things. Those physical books haven't been especially consecrated, or
anything like that. What's important about them is their message, not their
paper and ink and binding.