More Convenient Access to Media in Gospel Library Brings the Scriptures to Life

Contributed By Isabel Toa, Church News staff writer

  • 19 December 2019

New features within Gospel Library will now allow users to view associated multimedia—including videos and images—right alongside the scriptures.

Article Highlights

  • The Bible videos series, Gospel Art images, and Book of Mormon Videos series can be viewed more easily next to scripture within the Gospel Library app.
  • The new feature will enhance users’ scripture study and teaching experiences.

“As part of our home-centered, Church-supported gospel learning effort, the use of this technology in this way will encourage families to initiate discussions and will bring the scriptures to life.” —Elder Larry S. Kacher of the Seventy

The Gospel Library app and online experience, study resources from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have been upgraded to include three types of multimedia that can be accessed right alongside the scriptures.

Available in the “Related Content” sidebar, you can pull up images and watch videos without ever navigating to a different page. The new videos and images available include the following:

This series of more than 100 videos depicting the life and ministry of Jesus Christ can now be viewed in conjunction with the New Testament. Children’s Bible videos are also available to accommodate a variety of families and age groups.

The gospel art images are pictures and artwork that illustrate scripture stories and events in the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. They are now associated with the scripture text to provide more visual context and support material for everyone.

Videos from the Book of Mormon Videos series are now associated with 1 Nephi text of the Book of Mormon and will be placed in line with the Come, Follow Me 2020 curriculum—enhancing your experiences as you study the Book of Mormon. You can watch episodes that visually explore the stories of Lehi, Nephi, Jacob, and more to come. The series can also be viewed on the Book of Mormon Videos YouTube channel.

Even though all of these assets are already in the Gospel Library app, product manager Rob Jex said this update will make them more accessible and more convenient for everyone.

You can access complementary visuals with just one tap. In addition to being able to open the sidebar with all the footnotes, personal annotations, and now media, you can also access specific media by tapping or clicking on the media icons in the right gutter of the scripture text.

“You no longer have to search for or wonder if videos or images are available for the scripture story you’re reading,” he said. “It will all just be right there for you.”

When certain videos or images are associated with more than one scripture passage, the media will be linked to all passages, Jex said.

“When people are teaching from the scriptures and they see an image, they can tap on it to display it in full screen for home and classroom viewing and discussion,” he said.

 

A chapter in the Book of Mormon on iOS Gospel Library showing associated media in the “Related Content” sidebar.

More than an app

The new feature will personally enrich your individual study of the scriptures and support leaders and parents in teaching settings, Jex said. Everyone can use this associated media to ponder, teach, and be inspired by the Spirit.

Elder Larry S. Kacher, General Authority Seventy and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Scriptures Committee, said that videos and images depicting scriptural events can inspire you to think of the events in the scriptures in new ways.

“As part of our home-centered, Church-supported gospel learning effort, the use of this technology in this way will encourage families to initiate discussions and will bring the scriptures to life,” he said. “It allows people to dive deeper into their studies.“

Jex said the Church is also working on releasing similar associated media features for seminary and institute curriculum and Revelations in Context chapters associated with the Doctrine and Covenants, which give a fuller background to the revelations Joseph Smith received.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also provides detailed user guides and how-to videos for both iOS and Android users to help people navigate and learn about the functions of the Gospel Library app. The Gospel Library app is available for free download here.

 

Joseph Smith—History in the Pearl of Great Price on Android Gospel Library showing associated media in the ”Related Content“ sidebar.

A chapter in the New Testament on Gospel Library online showing associated media in the ”Related Content“ sidebar.