Mobile App Guide for Mormons

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Today. Right now. This very instant. It seems that everyone has a smartphone with a reason locked and loaded, ready to use it. Oh, you have a smartphone, too? Then you may agree how wonderful it is that instant gratification has been made a top priority in our era.

But wouldn’t it be incredible if we brought that wired enthusiasm into sharing the gospel? LDS.net has compiled a guide of all the best mobile apps for Latter-day Saints.

So whether you’re an experienced troop leader for the Scouts who has no idea how to work an iPhone or a hip Sunday School teacher in a YSA ward, this guide is for you.

Note to the reader: Some of these apps are different for iPhone and Android depending on the device. If an app is available for iPhone, it may have a similar counterpart available for Android, though the functions may differ. This also applies to the price. Some things that are free for Android may not be free for the iPhone and vice versa.

Also, some of these apps aren’t officially Church sponsored. Many of them are, but some aren’t. Please take that into consideration when you download an app especially if it requires additional purchase.

Essential Mormon Apps

Teens reading the Book of Mormon on a bus

Gospel Library

Contains every scripture, magazine, map, and reference that you could ever need in a single app. This includes all of the General Conference talks and Sunday School manuals as well! Sign in to your lds.org account and you can make notes and highlight as you study. The best part of the app is that is opens up to the last item you were on. Never lose your place in your scriptures again.

The Book of Mormon

Whether you have the Gospel Library app on your device or not, this app features the Book of Mormon in many languages, includes audio for easy listening, and uses simple navigation. You can share easily with a nonmember or read the Book of Mormon in your spare time.

Full Tithe—LDS Tithing Tracker

Keeps track of your fast offerings, missionary funds, and tithing throughout the year. One click to view past donations and your totals for the year. Go to tithing settlement already knowing your numbers with this handy app.

LDS Tools

Sign in with your lds.org account, and this app provides ward and stake directory information for your area. This app allows you to look up the phone number of your Relief Society President or Ward Mission Leader no matter where you are—or any other ward member’s calling for that matter. It also includes the stake calendar, just in case you lost your ward newsletter.

Pinterest

Provides a variety of DIY projects for adults, teens, and children, gift ideas for the holidays, recipes, inspirational quotes—especially around General Conference, and ideas for those who need to prepare for the next ward potluck or talent show. The app now includes a messaging option that allows you to send Pins to those you are connected with on Pinterest.

LDS Temples

Not only acts as a directory for LDS temples where you can find phone numbers, addresses, temple websites, but also gives members an opportunity to track temple attendance. The app also features photo galleries, history, and the dedication prayer for each temple.

  • Available for: Android
  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 5/5

Mormon Emojis

Mormon Buzzz released this free app on September 25, 2016, for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. Mormoji incorporates LDS-themed emojis like missionary name tags or hymn books.

With plans to release a version for Android users, Mormoji could be your next favorite app.

Apps for Personal Study

Woman teaching an LDS Gospel Doctrine Class

The Mormon Channel

The official media channel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint now available as an app for iPhone and Android. Keeps users updated with Mormon Messages and other video series, uplifting music and talk radio streams, audio recordings, and Church magazines. Now it even includes links to blogs for your enjoyment.

LDS Scripture Citation Index

Have you ever wanted to find a talk that references a particular scripture? Then this app is made for you. An index of every scripture in the standard works links you to every use of that scripture in talks given by the general authorities.

Scripture A Day Widget

Receive a scripture from the Old Testament, Book of Mormon, New Testament, and Doctrine and Covenants straight to your smartphone home screen. Since this is a widget, it will display on a homescreen, readily available for your spiritual edification. Wake up to a new scripture each day!

  • Available for: Android
  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.1/5

LDS Words of Wisdom

A daily quote containing wisdom from the scriptures or Church leaders. Each quote is back-dropped by awe-inspiring nature photographs. Each quote can easily be shared through all main social media outlets.

LDS Articles of Faith

For quick use, all of the Articles of Faith are now available on a single app. This app includes tips and games for quick and easy memorization, including a quiz and a word scrambler. The app even provides the 13 Articles of Faith in varying languages.

LDS Family Night

An elaborately detailed and fun app created by the Le Debut team for Family Home Evening and other family related activities. This app offers customizable agendas, such as who gets to offer the prayer, make the treat, plan the activity, and more.

  • Available for: iPhone
  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.5/5

LDS Talk Tool

Keep track of talks, scriptures, or quotes for your own talk or lesson at church. This app is integrated with Gospel Library to make it easier to organize talk or lesson ideas in your gospel study. You can also export to your computer for easy access.

  • Available for: Android
  • Price: Free
  • Rating 4.6/5

LDS Ponderize

Instead of printing or writing out your scripture to ponderize each week, this app easily transfers your scripture verse to your lock screen for easy and frequent viewing. Includes reminders to ponderize throughout each day and weekly reminder to add a new scripture.

  • Available for: iPhone
  • Price: Free
  • Rating 4.2/5

Bible Videos

Have the official Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos easily accessible on your device. Watch high quality videos that will strengthen your faith and understanding of Christ’s life and ministry. Videos stream over your Internet connection.

Apps for Your Calling

Elders Quorum President

LDS Priesthood Ordinances

An app that fulfills all of your ordinance questions and needs. Forgot the exact wording to give a blessing to the sick or afflicted? It’s all right here in this app. Need a refresher on how to give a child a name and a blessing? Click this app. Never stumble over your words again with just one tap.

LDS Counter

For those who have been called to take attendance in Sacrament, Relief Society, Priesthood, Young Women, Scouts, or any position where counting is involved, the LDS Counter is an excellent app for this duty. This app allows you to record, label, and report on attendance for any meeting.

  • Available for: Android
  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.4/5

LDS Art

Have all the paintings, photos, and illustrations from the Gospel Art Library at your fingertips. You can easily access gospel art for lessons, FHE, or personal use. Keep all of your gospel art in one place with this easy-to-use app.

  • Available for: iPhone
  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.8/5

Musical Apps

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LDS Music

Find LDS hymns and children’s songs in the official Hymn app from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Includes sheet music and audio for each hymn found in the Hymn book or Children’s Songbook, with additional children’s songs for Primary. Find all of your LDS music in one place!

LDS Hymns with Notes

An app that provides hymns in two formats: one with sheet music and another with text only. All of these LDS Hymns are provided to you in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. This app also allows you to find hymns by page number, title, lyrics, topic, author, and composer. Swipe left and right to go to the previous or subsequent hymn.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Take the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir with you, no matter where you go. With a library of sacred music, you can listen or watch old favorites, stay updated with the choir’s blog, shop in the mobile store, and purchase tickets for upcoming events. This is an official app from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

LDS Animated

Teach your young children Primary songs using your phone. This app plays music videos with beautifully animated stories along with your favorite childhood hymns. The lyrics scroll at the bottom of the screen so your kids can sing along. The songs are available in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

  • Available for: iPhone and Android
  • Price: In-app purchases
  • Rating: 4.5/5

Apps for Kids

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LDS Word Search Weekly

If your children need extra incentive to be reverent during Church meetings, use this word search app to keep them focused on gospel themes. With a new puzzle every week, this app helps you become familiar with scripture terms, names of prophets, or even the Articles of Faith.

  • Available for: iPhone
  • Price: $5.99
  • Rating: 4.1/5

LDS Memory

Keep your children occupied with this gospel-centered memory game as numerous temples, current prophets and apostles, and other gospel topics are scrambled to be matched. Great option for keeping the kids quiet during long meetings or helping children to learn the names of the General Authorities.

  • Available for: iPhone
  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.4/5

LDS Hangman

Remember the days of playing gospel hangman on the chalkboard? Now you can have the same fun without the mess. This game offers a fun challenge for children while focusing on gospel topics and Mormon phrases. Includes easy, medium, and hard levels of difficulty.

  • Available for: iPhone and Android
  • Price: $0.99 for iPhone (Free for Android)
  • Rating: 3.5/5

LDS Kids 123

Provides topics to practice for preschool kids and toddlers. Subjects range from reading and writing to math and other cognitive games. Offers different ways of learning for complete understanding. Starting them early has never been so easy.

  • Available for: Android
  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.1/5

LDS Fun

Keep you child entertained at church with illustrated gospel games. This app allows your child the opportunity to learn gospel principles and be reverent while painting, doing puzzles, playing matching games, connecting the dots, and finishing gospel-themed mazes. This app features the art of Spring McDonald, and is described as “a digital reverent book.”

  • Available for: iPhone
  • Price: $0.99
  • Rating 4.2/5

Apps for LDS Youth

Youth in ChurchScripture Mastery

An app designed to help those who attend seminary memorize scriptures in a fun and easy way. Contains all 100 scripture verses required for memorization within the Book of Mormon, Old Testament, New Testament, and Doctrine and Covenants. App provides multiple quizzes and puzzles for student use.

LDS Youth

An official Church-sponsored app providing the latest news and articles for LDS youth. Complete with videos, music, and the well–beloved Mormonads, this app engages the youth in a way that is easily shared via social media and is perfect for home or church settings.

Aryv

Pronouced “arrive,” this app rewards drivers for locking their phone while on the road. Safe driving gets you points that can be redeemed at businesses in Provo and Mesa. It’s perfect for youth who are easily distracted by their phones.

Missionary Apps

Missionary study guides: Preach My Gospel and Scripture Missionary App

LDS Missionary Prep/Mission Preparation

An app that provides and prepares future missionaries for the field. The app contains everything from the Articles of Faith to clothing needs for missionaries. Other fun items the collection includes are a list of myths about Mormons, a Missionary Parent FAQ, and a Catholic Encyclopedia Entry on Mormonism.

  • Available for: Android
  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.5/5

eMissionary

Every member a missionary, right? Well now there’s an app for it. Share the gospel on the go as this app includes topics such as marriage and divorce, temple blessings, and the Restoration.

  • Available for: Android
  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.1/5

LDS Missions

Provides a full description of what LDS missionaries are, their roles, and where in the world LDS missions have been established. Also includes information about our beliefs. Want to know more about the mission area a friend or relative is serving in? Check out the map, flags, economy, and society options for any mission with this app.

LDS Missionary Tracker

Allows individuals who are close to missionaries to see when they depart and return, and where they will be stationed. A count-up setting lets you know how many days your missionary has been gone, and a countdown setting tells you how many days they have left. Use this app to set a weekly reminder to write your missionary.

  • Available for: iPhone and Android
  • Price: $2.99 for iPhone (Free for Android)
  • Rating: 4.5/5

Inspired Questions for Missionaries

This unique app helps missionaries at any stage with their testimonies and expressing themselves through the gospel. Developed in a way to encourage deep thinking and pondering in order to discover your personal beliefs and develop them. Use this app in youth discussions or Family Home Evening.

  • Available for: iPhone
  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4/5

Family History Apps

Family History

Take a Name

This app uses your FamilySearch account to help you find names to take to the temple. Take a Name “typically delivers dozens of temple ready family names in a matter of minutes,” according to its website. And because the app’s creator is a FamilySearch partner, you can use it to reserve ordinances and print temple cards directly from your phone.

  • Available for: iPhone and Android
  • Price: Pick Your Price
  • Rating: 5/5

FamilySearch Tree

You can take your family tree with you on your mobile device. This app doesn’t require Internet access, and automatically syncs with FamilySearch when connected. You can browse your tree on the go, add information, read about your ancestors, or find pictures. This is an easy-to-use and official family history app released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

FamilySearch Memories

Need an easy way to add memories to your family tree? You can easily snap pictures, record audio, or enter stories to your family tree on the go. Take picture with your smart phone of old documents, pictures, and memories, as well as adding memories to your immediate family at graduations, weddings, and family reunions.

Ancestry

Discover more about your ancestors with an app that allows you to research old records for family information. This app works alongside FamilySearch to provide even more historical records, photos, and memories.

Find a Grave

Locate graves of your ancestors with just your smart phone. You can snap pictures of graves and share them, request photographs of headstones, and create bio pages for your ancestors. This app simplifies finding a grave on the go, and makes it easy to locate, research, and add to information about your ancestors.

LDS Laughs Mobile App

Good news! You don’t have to wait until the New Era comes to your door every month for the “Extra Smile” cartoon section anymore. Now you have 300+ hilarious LDS comics at your fingertips with the free mobile app LDS Laughs! Mormon cartoonist Arie Van De Graaff will crack you up with gags and jokes on topics like scouting activities, youth antics, sacrament meeting talks, missionaries, scripture stories, ward basketball, and more.

It’s important to remember that you don’t need to download all of these apps. Pick the ones that you will see yourself using often, especially if you’re considering making a purchase. The apps that are funded by the Church (for the most part) should be free, but many of the other apps in this guide are designed by the Church, but aren’t funded by it.

As time passes more apps will be designed and released for public use, adding to the LDS app spectrum. But until that time, this guide should carry you through all of your mobile gospel app needs. Happy sharing!

Natalie New is a writer and intern for LDS.net and a current English student at BYU-Idaho. She was born and raised in an LDS home and has attending two Mormon universities up to this point. Natalie has also held a variety of Church callings and has had unique experiences, giving her a unique outlook on life. You can contact Natalie via email.
  • Deborah Nowland

    Another fun app that my daughter told me about is called: LDS Reverent Mode. It puts your phone on silent when your phone picks up the WiFi at a chapel. I love the app!

  • Justin

    This is awesome! Thanks for compiling this awesome resource

  • Jane

    You mention these apps for IPhone and Android but what about IPads?

  • papavon

    Great article with a lot of information on available apps of interest. However, I do have one question: Have you hear of Windows Phone? 😉