Use Evernote & Online Resources for Powerful Scripture Study


If you’re not completely satisfied with the Church’s new online scripture study tools, we’ve got a great new way for you to study online. Aaron Goodwin keeps a blog entitled You Should Be! and recently wrote about how he studies his scriptures. He’s got some amazing tips on everything from the tools he uses to the way he sets up his screen.Evernote: study scriptures online

Here’s the brief version: Aaron splits his screen in half. On the left he has his browser open with 3 tabs:

  1. A plain text version of the scriptures from
  2. The awesome LDS Scripture Citation Index (or try the updated beta version) which is a super-powered scriptural index from
  3. The Blue Letter Bible, an amazing resource with many translations of the Bible

The other side of his screen he has Evernote open to take his notes in, you can save the link to the scripture. Then—this is key—he uses these resources to really study the scriptures and record what he learns as he learns it. Note: if you already have an Evernote account, check out the Evernote Web Clipper plugin for easy archiving and notations from your browser, plus with the mobile app, which allows you to save/note stuff on the go, including just quick snapshots using the camera.

Personally I’ve found the new tools included with the LDS.or scriptures to be somewhat clunky, and well… less than amazing. I have high hopes for them, but for now they don’t offer a great option. Looking for other answers, I’d tried using Evernote, but wasn’t familiar with some of the other great tools Aaron introduces. I really like his ideas and am going to try them out myself, including the awesome resources number 2 and 3 above, which I haven’t used previously.

Thanks to Aaron for sharing. Make sure to read the original post and tell Aaron what you think about his awesome online study method in the comments. Then let us know what tools and methods you use to enhance your scripture study in the comments below.


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Tevya Washburn

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Creator of Mormon Life Hacker. Tevya keeps a personal blog, & another called Sacred Symbolic, about gospel study and learning. Currently serving as: 2nd Counselor in the Sunday School Presidency.

12 comments on “Use Evernote & Online Resources for Powerful Scripture Study

  1. wonderdog says:

    I sometimes like to highlight parts of scriptures in different colors. But the LDS sight won't allow that. Sometimes different words in the same verse need to be colored differently for accent.

    1. @GdubYSB says:

      I used to highlight my scriptures; it's no longer really possible. I have liens upon lines, and in several chapters, there's no more white space near words to even underline. Highlighting is helpful, but it doesn't have the same usefulness as writing down thoughts and impressions. Highlighting's a good start, but there's much more.
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  2. Tevya says:

    I forgot to mention in the article: if you have Windows 7 the new Aero "snap" function will allow you to do this really easy. Just grab the title-bar of whichever window you want on the left, and drag it to the left side of your screen, it should "snap" to fill just the left-half of your screen. Then do the same but on the right side for the other window.
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    1. @GdubYSB says:

      On OS X, I use Cinch, which does the same thing.
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  3. Anna says:

    This is a really cool idea, I think I'll try it! Question: how does, if at all, Evernote compare to Microsoft Onenote?

  4. Joshua Porter says:

    Hey, a friend of mine sent this article to me and I was surprised to see who the author was! Shoot me a note sometime. Hope you are doing well!

    1. Tevya says:

      Will do man! It's great to hear from you.

  5. Mike says:

    I use Notability also. Works good.

  6. Scott Morris says:

    Excellent advice. I highly endorse EverNote as a great software tool. I did want to bring to your attention another website that is dedicated to putting all your notes in one place. It allows cross-linking of notes, tagging them with keywords, linking them to scripture references, and linking them with book citations. While it is still actively being developed, it seems to cover a lot of the bases for a solid scripture study system. It is located at . I only post it here because it is directly relevant to the topic of your post. Thanks again. Great post!

  7. @GdubYSB says:

    Hope it's useful. It's always difficult to convince people of how useful Evernote can be, but I've found numerous cases where it makes my life MUCH easier.

  8. Tevya says:

    Well you've convinced me to give it another try and so far I'm loving it! I had tons of stuff in Gmail's Tasks list (which I used in it's own window) that wasn't really tasks, but it didn't really fit in various documents on Google Docs. Now I've put (and am putting) lots of it into Evernote, plus I'm moving all my tons of bookmarks there as well. With the Chrome extension, it's so cool that it clips the body of the page, so I don't actually have to click to view the details, I can just go through items quickly, right in Evernote.

    Also the Android App is much (like many times) better for taking notes on, than the Google Docs app. Thanks again Aaron for this awesome life hack.
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