Using My Phone for My Bible

A long time ago, I wrote about a an app called MySword.  Well, I have gotten to the point that I use that program exclusively for my Bible on my phone.  Let me walk you through how I use it, and please let me know if you have any suggestions.

You can install it from here:

Android Market: MySword from Riversoft Information System

Here are some of the advantages of using my phone like this over a regular Bible:

  • I mostly have it with me all the time — no need to carry something additional
  • Search — if someone mentions a verse without the reference, I can find it.
  • Commentaries, Strongs, etc.
  • Taking notes all in the same place

So, here’s what I do.  On one of my screens, I put the MySword on my desktop with BuzzOff.  (The BuzzOff allows me to turn the ringer off easily.)

Desktop with MySword on it

The first thing you will want to do is get all of the Modules that you want to use.  First, open the menu and choose the more option:

MySword Menu

On the more menu, you can choose to Download Modules:

Download Modules Menu Option

From the Download Modules Screen, you can get the different modules that you want:

Download Modules Screen

Another thing that took me a bit to figure out was how to get rid of the Strongs numbers.  I finally determined that you can switch them on and off by changing between KJV and KVJ Lite:

MySword: Bible Versions

Looking up versions works fine.  I like the way Virtue Bible works where you can see all of Bible Books at one time, but this works.  Maybe I could recommend that as a new feature — different verse selection options.  Here’s what the verse selector looks like:

MySword: Verse Selector

When I take notes, I use the Journal:

Select Journal Module

There are different types of Journals, and I am using the “My Church Notes”.

MySword: Journal Type

Here’s the New button and Edit button for creating notes:

New and Editing Journals

The one issue I found is that I can’t view a verse while editing the notes.  So, when the pastor makes reference to a verse, I have to Save the notes, go the passage, then go back and edit again.  So, there’s another feature request.

I still need to figure out how to:

  • Sync my “Journal”/Church Notes back to my computer/Xiphos
  • Convert my Sword modules from Xiphos to MySword

All in all, I really like the program, and I would recommend it as a Bible program for anyone.

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