UPDATED: The Ultimate Mobile App Guide for Latter-day Saints

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? ThirdHour.org 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 Latter-day Saint Apps

Person with iPhoneGospel 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 ChurchofJesusChrist.org account and you can make notes and highlight as you study. The best part of the app is that it opens up to the last item you were on. Never lose your place in your scriptures again.

  • Available for: iPhone and Android
  • Price: Free
  • Average Rating: 4.6/5

The Mormon Channel

The official media channel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is 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. It even includes links to blogs for your enjoyment.

  • Available for: iPhone and Android
  • Price: Free
  • Average rating: 4.2/5

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.

  • Available for: iPhone and Android
  • Price: Free
  • Average rating: 4.4/5

Member Tools

Sign in with your churchofjesuschrist.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.

  • Available for: iPhone, and Android
  • Price: Free
  • Average rating: 4/5

JustServe

Provides dozens of different service opportunities within your community for you to volunteer and help out with. This app allows you to browse through opportunities based on location so that you can easily find events or projects you can participate in. Also gives you the option to add your own opportunities for others to volunteer for.

Latter-day Saint Holy Places (iPhone) and Latter Day Temples (Android)

Not only act as directories for Latter-day Saint temples where you can find phone numbers, addresses, and temple websites but also gives members an opportunity to track temple attendance. These apps also feature photo galleries, histories, and the dedication prayers for each temple.

  • Available for: iPhone and Android
  • Price: Free
  • Average rating: 4.8/5

Apps for Personal Study

Kid studying scriptures
Image via ChurchofJesusChrist.org

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. Now integrated with the Gospel Library app if you want to have it open up talks and scriptures via your Gospel Library app.

  • Available for: iPhone and Android
  • Price: Free
  • Average rating: 4.8/5

LDS Daily Verse

Users receive an inspiring scripture, conference quote, hymn, or video each day to give them extra motivation throughout the day. Users have the option to favorite and share different content based on what they found meaningful to them.

  • Available for: iPhone
  • Price: Free
  • Average rating: 4.5/5

Scripture A Day Widget 

Similar to LDS Daily Verse, users 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 home screen, readily available for your spiritual edification. Wake up to a new scripture each day!

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

LDS Podcasts Free

A vast collection of Latter-Day Saint related podcasts for those who study best by listening to scriptures, talks, devotionals, podcasts, etc. Allows users to stream as they listen or download individual podcast episodes to listen to later.

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

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.

  • Available for: iPhone and Android
  • Price: $.99 (Free for Android)
  • Rating: 4.5/5

LDS Tools: Family Home Evening

An app that makes having both exciting and enriching Family Home Evenings much easier for families of all shapes and sizes. Includes ideas for different activities, lessons, songs, treats, etc. Has enough content to provide two years of Family Home Evenings without duplication.

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

LDS Talk Tool

Keep track of talks, scriptures, or quotes for your own talk or lesson at church. This app is integrated with the 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 4.7/5

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 a weekly reminder to add a new scripture.

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

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

Gospel Media

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 and Android
  • Price: Free
  • Average rating: 4.3/5

LDS Callings Tools

This is a mobile tool released in 2019 that integrates with lds.org and allows leaders to track and communicate about new callings that are being considered until the time they become official. It also includes functionality to create custom tags to help leaders better know and minister to members.

LDS Ordinances & Tools

Contains quick access to important information for priesthood holders. Provides guidelines for sacrament prayers, setting aparts, priesthood blessings, performing baptisms, etc. Never worry about forgetting the wording for how to perform an ordinance with this handy mobile app.

  • Available for: Android
  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.7/5

Musical Apps

An LDS Hymn book - image from Thisismechallenge.blogspot.com

Sacred Music

Find 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 Latter-day Saint music in one place!

The Tabernacle Choir

Take the world-famous 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.

Sing Along Hymns

A great way for families to sing along and memorize the hymns and children’s songs of the Church. It provides images and clear text for anyone to easily sing along to their favorite songs. A wonderful resource to use for Family Home Evenings, as it provides an accompaniment to singing that is friendly to all ages.

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

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
  • Price: Free (In-app purchases)
  • Rating: 4.5/5

Apps for Kids

LDS Scripture Word Search and More

If your children need extra incentive to be reverent during Church meetings, use this word search app to keep them focused on gospel themes. It features several different categories such as Book of Mormon, Pioneer, and New Testament.

  • Available for: iPhone
  • Price: Free (In-app purchases)
  • Rating: 4.2/5

LDS Matching Game

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. A 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: 4.7/5

LDS Children’s Activity App

Includes a variety of fun, gospel-themed games which kids are sure to love. A total of seven games are featured in the app with classics such as memory, hangman, and word search available to play.

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

LDS Fun

Keep your 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: $1.99
  • Rating: 5/5

LDS Scripture Heroes

Teaches children about the lives and testimonies of different scriptural heroes (including the Bible, Book of Mormon, and early history of the Church) through several interactive games. This app is a great method for helping young children to learn about important figures in a fun and rewarding way.

  • Available for: iPhone
  • Price: Free (In-app purchases)
  • Rating: 4.8/5

Apps for Latter-day Saint Youth

Youth in ChurchDoctrinal Mastery

An app designed to help those who attend seminary memorize scriptures in a fun and easy way. It 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 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.

Simple Progress

This app enables young women to set daily Personal Progress reminder notifications. It links to ChurchofJesusChrist.org directly. Simple Progress can also send notification emails to leaders, providing instant progress updates. Streamlining the reporting process, improving focus on the value experiences, and encouraging young women to work independently on Personal Progress are the app’s main aims. Simple Progress advocates a nag-free way for young women to accomplish their Personal Progress goals. The app is available in Spanish and in English.

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

Missionary Apps

Missionary study guides: Preach My Gospel and Scripture Missionary App

LDS Pamphlets

Contains each of the short pamphlets produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These are commonly used by missionaries while teaching, thus, having a digital version certainly can come in handy for a missionary or anyone hoping to share the gospel with a friend.

  • Available for: iPhone and Android
  • Price: Free
  • Average rating 4.4/5

My Mission (LDS)

Allows for missionaries and their families to keep a record of their experiences. Includes a mission map to mark different areas the missionary as served, as well as sections for pictures, letters, stories, and more.

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

LDS Missions

Provides a full description of what Latter-day Saint missionaries are, their roles, and locations in the world where missions have been established. It 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.

  • Available for: iPhone
  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 3.7/5

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
  • Price: $2.99 (In-app purchases)
  • Rating: 3.6/5

Family History Apps

Family History

Take a Name LDS Family History

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. Though the app is free, there is an optional donation option that encourages users to donate whatever they are willing to give in order to keep the app up and running.

  • Available for: iPhone and Android
  • Price: Free (In-app purchases)
  • Average rating: 4.6/5

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.

  • Available for: iPhone and Android
  • Price: Free
  • Average rating: 4.6/5

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 pictures with your smartphone 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 smartphone. 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.

  • Available for: iPhone
  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.7/5

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 Latter-day Saint 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.