Well here’s a fun bit of news. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has quietly released an augmented reality app for the Tree of Life™ sequence found in 1 Nephi Chapter 8.

The app, formally called “Tree of Life AR” aims to bring to life the, err, said tree… of life for personal study and courses. Here’s the text from the App Store page:

Tree of Life AR is an augmented reality experience designed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for mobile devices. Take your own personal journey along the path to the Tree of Life from the Book of Mormon, whether at home or in the classroom.

Apparently the experience comes with pop up videos from General Conference and the new Book of Mormon video series (including Latter-day Saint legend, Rick Macy!). One merely need waltz about one’s home, enjoying the sojourn into darkness, holding a rail, being mocked from the building that is both great and spacious, and partaking of the fruit! Honestly, this could be fun, especially for home study with a family.

It’s also a huge app – nearly 1 GB!

 

This raises plenty of possibilities for future apps, but it’s all about opportunity cost. The Tree of Life is one of the, if not the most, prominent Book of Mormon stories. So what else merits inclusion? Sound off in the comments! For my part, I offer up:

  • Ammon chopping off arms (and the related missionary miracles)
  • YOU ARE Samuel the Lamanite
  • The entire story of Abinadi and King Noah, culminating in a singular opportunity to take part in Noah’s burning at the stake
  • Alma baptizing in the waters of Mormon
  • The Brother of Jared and the touching of stones
  • Alma and Amulek’s entire experience in Ammonihah

Per the norm, the Church does not love Android, but that’s understandable when Android versions and phones are so diverse and Balkanized. Instead, you lovely iOS users – who form a much smaller minority outside the United States – get first dibs at fiddling with the app. Android users will allegedly have access in the “first week of 2020,” which leaves us one more day at the time of publication. If this does not turn out to be the case, I will march on Temple Square and ask why $100 billion cannot buy timely app releases.