Six Places You Can’t Take Your Digital Device

Contributed By Jenny Poffenbarger, LDS.org Church News staff writer

  • 31 July 2015

Whether from a foxhole or on a long flight across the globe, how do you connect to God’s word when you’re “unplugged”?

Article Highlights

  • Pocket-sized scriptures are a lightweight option for accessing the word of God that doesn’t require a battery or the Internet.

“Campers have been continually requesting these pocket-size scriptures for years. Plus, their convenient size won’t bog down your hiking or camping gear.”
—Frank Clawson, director of Military Relations for the Church

“If a man love me, he will keep my words” (John 14:23).

Whether from a foxhole or on a long flight across the globe, how do you connect to God’s word when you’re “unplugged”?

While digital scriptures are convenient and easily accessible, there are places where you can’t (or shouldn’t) take your mobile device.

Pocket-sized scriptures are a lightweight option for accessing the word of God that doesn’t require a battery or the Internet.

Many years ago, pocket-sized scriptures were created for Church members serving in the military. Last October, this light and mobile scripture set became available to all members.

Since then, missionaries, Scouts, campers, youth, commuters, and many other members have been using the pocket-sized scriptures to enjoy the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price anywhere, anytime.  Plus, this is the only printed set that includes the Guide to the Scriptures.

Here are just a few places and situations where members have found pocket-sized scriptures come in handy:

1. 72-hour kits

When preparing for an emergency, it’s important to also plan for your family’s spiritual needs. “Electricity can go out, phone lines can come down, and Internet connections might not be possible,” says Lori Pitt, who placed sets of pocket-sized scriptures in her family’s 72-hour kits.

2. Camping

Whether at Scout camp, Young Women camp, or family camping trips, being unplugged from the world is often just part of the experience. “Campers have been continually requesting these pocket-size scriptures for years,” said Frank Clawson, director of Military Relations for the Church. “Plus, their convenient size won’t bog down your hiking or camping gear.”

3. Youth conference or trek

Pocket-sized scriptures are similar in size to some early editions of the scriptures carried by the pioneers; plus, their size is more practical than bulky full-sized scriptures.

4. Full-time missionary work

Highly requested by mission presidents, pocket-sized scriptures are easy for missionaries to carry and distribute, especially in remote or less technological areas.

5. Member missionary work

“Opportunities to share a scripture or even a copy of the Book of Mormon can come at any time,” said Kelly Gibson, a ward mission leader. “Keeping a small set of scriptures in a pocket can be a really useful missionary tool.”

6. Traveling and commuting

Slip in a slim volume from the set of pocket-sized scriptures the next time you pack your carry-on or backpack. “I simply prefer reading physical books while on the train or airplane,” reports Mike, a frequent traveler. “These small scriptures are so convenient.”