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Your Next Best App

With a smartphone, you’ve got the whole world in your pocket. And with more than half a million apps in the iTunes store and more than 300,000 available for Android phones, wading through the options can be daunting.

You may not have the time to search the stores, so here’s a list  of minute-saving, faith-promoting, and maybe even life-changing apps.

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1. MORMON APPS 

Use apps like Gospel Library to access the scriptures, conference talks, and manuals while you’re on the go. Download the Mormon Channel app for streams of LDS audio and video. LDS Tools connects you with your ward and stake websites and directories. 

COST: Free. Gospel Library: iPhone, iPad, and Android. Mormon Channel: iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and Blackberry. LDS Tools: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile.

2. PULSE 

Pulse is the Mary Poppins of news feeds: informative, organized, and pretty. The app gathers top stories from your preferred news networks and displays headlines on one screen. You can browse articles quickly and get caught up on the latest in no time. Magic umbrella not included.

COST: Free. iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and Nook.

3. GLYMPSE 

If you want to keep tabs on your kids, your spouse, or your boss as they’re out and about, then this app is for you. No registration required, simply connect through a text message and you’re sent a link where you can follow the other phone on a map for up to four hours. Peace of mind + less nagging = a win-win app.

COST: Free. iPhone, Android, WinPhone7, and Blackberry.

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4. VENMO 

This app may prove to be your best asset in managing your assets. It enables you to quickly reimburse friends with just a few phone taps. Venmo could be the most valuable tool to keep your bank accountand your friendships—in check.

COST: Free. iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and the web.

5. SHERWIN WILLIAMS COLOR-SNAP 

If you stumble upon the perfect paint color at a restaurant downtown, snap a pic and this app will make a color match. This is, of course, a plug for a certain brand; however, it will get you in the ballpark for whatever shade you want. 

COST: Free. iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.

6. SLEEP CYCLE 

Mornings aren’t as harsh when you wake up on the right side and at the right time. Turn this app on at bedtime, place your phone under your sheets, and it will monitor you as you snooze. Sleep Cycle wakes you up in a light sleep phase instead of a deep phase, making the mornin’ more pleasurable for everyone. 

COST : $.99. iPhone.

7. WORD WIT

Not all smartphone games have you sling-shoting a bunch of angry birds. Word Wit is an entertaining app that helps you get smarter. It walks you through (or is it threw?) easily confused words, also referred to as evil word twins, and then tests your knowledge of them. You’ll sound smarter before you know it.

COST: $1.99. iPhone and iPad.

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Article written by Emily Smurthwaite Edmonds

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