The Internet version of the scriptures was created to (1) use todays technology to quickly find scriptural sources and information and (2) have access to accurate and official LDS scriptures. It contains the full text of the standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, those being the Holy Bible (King James Version), the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. It also contains the study helps that are included with the printed version of these scriptures: the Bible Dictionary, the Topical Guide, the Index to the triple combination, the Joseph Smith Translation (JST), Bible maps and photographs, Church history chronology, Church history maps and photographs, footnote explanation, and abbreviations and designations. A Guide to the Scriptures has been added. This alphabetical listing of gospel topics defines selected doctrines, principles, people, and places found in the standard works. It also provides key scriptural references for individual and family study of the scriptures.
Using the Navigation Bar
The navigation bar and its integrated search features allow easy access to the scriptures and accompanying study helps. The navigation bar is located at the top of every page. It provides information about where you are in the scriptures and gives you tools for searching, displaying pages, and quickly moving to other scripture locations. Below is information about these tools.
You can return to the main menu of the Internet scriptures site by clicking the logo.
By clicking Study Helps on the right side of navigation bar, you can access the different help sections in the scriptures. The study helps include the Guide to the Scriptures; the Bible Dictionary; the Topical Guide; the Index to the triple combination; the Joseph Smith Translation (JST); Bible maps and photographs; Church history chronology, maps and photographs; footnote explanation; and abbreviations and designations. The study helps are designed to help you find valuable resources in your scripture study. Information on using these resources is provided within each help section.
There are seven powerful search engines or options in the Internet edition of the scriptures. You can perform searches by clicking Search. For additional help, see the individual Help pages under each search option.
This option searches for words in the scriptures and study helps that match words entered in the search box. You can enter one or more words in the search box.
This option searches for topics in the scriptures that match words entered in the search box. Relevant references are drawn from the study helps. Topic Search analyzes the relationships among topics in the study helps and attempts to present the most relevant scripture references. Unlike a word search, Topic Search finds references spanning a range of verses and references beyond the actual topic word(s) being searched. You can enter one or more words when using Topic Search.
Study Helps Search
This option searches for titles, headings, or entries in the study helps (such as Guide to the Scriptures, Bible Dictionary, Topical Guide, Index to the triple combination, photographs and maps) that match words entered in the search box. You can enter one or more words in the search box.
This option searches for scripture references entered in the search box. You can enter one or more references in the search box. References can be copied and pasted from other applications. Standard reference formats are required (for example, Matt. 7: 21).
This option searches for the footnotes associated with a scripture verse or a range of verses. To initiate a footnote search, click on any footnoted word in the scripture text, or enter references in the search box and then click Show Footnotes on the bottom of the results page.
This option searches for all cross-references in the footnotes and study helps that point toward a given scripture verse or range of verses. In contrast, because of space limitations, the references in the footnotes of the printed editions of the scriptures point only outwards to a few selected references and Topical Guide entries. To initiate a cross-reference search, click on any footnoted word in the scripture text, or enter references in the search box and then click Show Cross-References on the bottom of the results page.
Marked References Search
This option searches for references you have marked for storing and later displaying on the Marked References page. To mark a reference, click on the text of a scripture verse, while holding down the Alt key (on some computers, this is called the Alternate or Option key). The marked verse will be displayed in red. You can mark up to 75 references. To unmark a reference, click on the same text again while holding down the Alt key. You can clear all your marked references by selecting Clear Marked References on the Marked References search results page.
You can select alternate ways to display or access information by clicking Options. For example, you can (1) place a marker to the right of footnoted words to indicate that the footnote contains information corresponding to selected categories, (2) hide all the footnote indicators in the scripture text, and (3) select the default search option (Words, Topics, or Study Helps) that will be activated as the initial search mode when words are entered in the search box.
Click Marked on the top right of the navigation bar to search for references that you have marked for storing and later displaying on the Marked References search results page. Marked References appears only if you have marked at least one reference. To mark a reference, click the text of a scripture verse while holding down the Alt key (on some computers, this is called the Alternate or Option key). The marked text will be displayed in red. You can mark up to 75 references. To unmark a reference, click the same text again while holding down the Alt key. You can clear all your marked references by selecting Clear Marked Reference on the Marked References search results page.
The Help button (located on the right of the navigational bar) takes you to this page.
The Internet version of the scriptures is available in multiple languages. Click the Language button on the navigation bar to select the various language versions. Only the English version contains the Bible and complete study helps.
The Search for entry box allows you to quickly find words, topics, or scripture references in the standard works and study helps without having to access the Search Options page. You can type in one or more words or scripture references (using standard reference citations). Clicking the Search button to the right of the entry box starts the searching process. More information about searching is available on the Search Options page.
Located at the left of the navigation bar, the Navigation Path shows where you currently are in the scriptures Web site. For example: Scriptures > Book of Mormon > 1 Nephi > Chapter 2 indicates that you are in the second chapter of 1 Nephi of the Book of Mormon. Or, if you click the Study Helps option on the right-hand side of the navigation bar, Scriptures > Study Helps will appear, indicating that you are on the Study Helps page. You can also click any of the listed positions in the Navigation Path to access that page. The first entry of each path is linked to the lds.org home page.
You can print the text and graphics of any page by clicking Print on the top left of content pages. This feature removes extraneous graphics and text and then reformats the page for printing. (Note: If you want the navigation bar to print as well, you must use your browsers printing function.) You can also create a custom page title that will appear at the top of the printed page. The Print page provides options for hiding footnote indicators and highlighted text before printing.
The Internet scriptures also provide access to the audio version of the scripture text. To hear the text, click the Listen button at the top left of each chapter page. The button appears only on pages that have an audio version. The Windows Media Player application must be installed on your computer for this feature to work.
The Previous button (located on the top right of content pages) takes you to the previous page at the same level. For example, if you are viewing chapter 32 of Alma, and you want to go to Alma 31, click the Previous button. Or if you are viewing the footnotes of a given verse, and you want to go to the footnotes of the previous verse, click the Previous button.
The Next button (located to the right of the Previous button) works in the same manner as the Previous button, except that it moves you forward one page instead of backward.
Clicking a footnoted word in the scripture text presents a page of expanded footnote content. Basic footnote information may be displayed by briefly pausing (but not clicking) the cursor over footnoted words. Footnote content pages may also be progressively selected by clicking the < (previous) and > (next) buttons on the navigation bar. Using the options provided in your browser, footnoted words may be indicated by a choice of color, underlining, or both. Footnotes may also be indicated by the standard a, b, c, ... superscripts. Footnote markers ( ) may be added to indicate footnotes containing information and notes of only a certain kind. See also Options under Using the Navigation Bar.
Viewing with Multiple Windows
Because you are using an Internet browser to view the scriptures, you can take advantage of your browsers many built-in features. One of these features is the ability to have more than one browser window open at a time. Some browsers allow you to create tabs for multiple page views within a single window. These features can be very useful for side-by-side comparisons like viewing footnotes and verses simultaneously, viewing verses and study helps simultaneously, and a multitude of other possibilities, such as dragging links from one window to another. Consult the documentation that came with your browser to learn how to create and use multiple and tabbed windows.
Adjusting Your Web Browser
The Internet version of the scriptures is designed to look best when linked words are not underlined. You can go to your browsers preferences option to disable the underlining feature.