myBibleLesson Help

How to Use This Site
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HTML Help

How to Use This Site

Here’s a brief introduction to myBibleLesson.com and to ways to use the site. For specific questions, please see the other sections of myBibleLesson Help. And please realize that some details may be a little different depending on your device, operating system, and Web browser.

If you’re on the myBibleLesson main landing page with all its information about myBibleLesson, click on the red Access myBibleLesson button at the top of the right sidebar to get to the lessons themselves. You’ll need to log in with your email address and password if you’re not already logged in. Once logged in, you’ll stay logged in for 28 days unless you choose to log out via the button at the top right of the screen.

 While myBibleLesson with all its features is still the heart of the site, we’ve added a lesson without all the features for easy reading online at various text sizes. Called the HTML Edition, it’s located below the regular myBibleLesson front cover in the main column.

The Current Week’s Lesson

(click here for information about lessons for other weeks)

Downloading
A graphic of the front page of myBibleLesson for the current week is front and center when you’re logged in at myBibleLesson.com. Please note that this is only a graphic; it is not myBibleLesson itself. To download myBibleLesson with all its features so you can read it without being online, use the Download Options menu right by the subject of the lesson. The same Download Options menu can be found in the box for the current lesson in the right sidebar as well (on a mobile device, this box may be at the bottom of the page instead of on the right). Simply hover your mouse over the menu or tap it on your mobile device to see the two PDFs (color and black and white) available to download. Then select the PDF you want to download—but please note that, if you’re using a mobile device, you may need to download it to a computer first and then transfer it to your mobile device via the manufacturer’s instructions. Depending on your device, browser, and settings, the downloaded file either will open automatically or be saved in a location you’ve selected on your computer. If you have trouble downloading a file on a computer you can try right-clicking (control + click on a Mac) on the item you want and choosing from the available menu options that appear. You also can visit other sections of our Help pages for assistance.

Reading Online
The text of the HTML Edition of the lesson appears just below the graphic of the front page of myBibleLesson. You can go directly to the HTML Edition without scrolling by clicking the Read Online button in the box for the current lesson in the sidebar on the right side of the page (on a mobile device, this box may be at the bottom of the page instead of on the right). This HTML Edition contains none of the extra features—the Bible notes, the word definitions, and so on—that accompany the lesson text in myBibleLesson. It’s simply offered as an easy way to read the lesson online. Scroll down the page to continue reading the lesson. You can increase the text size by clicking the button with the three A’s that appears above the graphic. Three different sizes are available. You can print the lesson—again, just the text, not the regular myBibleLesson, although the front page graphic will print as well—at the desired size by clicking the Print button above the graphic.

You may want to copy the text of the HTML Edition and paste it into a word processor. Then you can study the lesson offline in your own word-processing file, highlighting certain passages (if your word processor allows this), adding notes, and so on as you read. You can even print the lesson at a larger text size than you can online by increasing the text size in your word-processing file.

Other Lessons Available

In addition to the current week’s lesson, the lessons for the three coming weeks and the previous week are available. There’s a box for each one in the right sidebar (the box may be at the bottom of the page if you’re using a mobile device). Each box contains buttons for reading online and for downloading files to your computer or mobile device (as noted above, some files may need to be downloaded to a computer first and transferred to your mobile device). All these buttons work as described above.

PDF Help

What’s needed to read the myBibleLesson PDF on a computer or mobile device?
Do I need anything else to read the PDF?
How do I download the PDF?
How do I print the PDF?
Can I change the size of the type in the PDF?
What if I have problems with Adobe Acrobat?
Why do I need to provide a date of birth when subscribing to myBibleLesson?

What’s needed to read the eBibleLesson PDF on a computer or mobile device?
You need a Web browser, the more up to date the better. Mobile devices come with a browser already installed, although you can get other ones at an online app store. Computers generally come with a browser installed as well, but, if you’ve had your computer for a while and haven’t updated your software, you may want to get the latest version of a browser. Here are links for some popular browsers.

 While you can read the myBibleLesson PDF on a phone, you’ll need to scroll frequently because of the phone’s small screen size.

Do I need anything else to read the PDF?
No, although your reading experience can be much better with some additional software. Having Adobe Acrobat Reader (download it for free here) on your computer allows you not just to read the lesson but to highlight passages, make notes, etc. And having an app on your mobile device to handle PDFs can provide similar capabilities and would also allow you to save the PDF on your device so you wouldn’t always need an Internet connection to read the Bible Lesson.

How do I download the PDF?
On a mobile device, simply select either the Color PDF or Black & White PDF option in the Download Options menu on the myBibleLesson site. The PDF then should open automatically. If you have a PDF app installed, you may be prompted to open the PDF in that app.

On your computer, downloading the color or black & white PDF to the desktop (or a folder), rather than opening it in the browser, is generally a good idea. It removes the need to wait for the browser to download each PDF page individually. To download a PDF, click the PDF option in the Download Options menu. If you have Adobe Acrobat installed, you’ll be asked where you want to save the file. You can save the file anywhere, but your desktop might be most convenient if you want to open it right away. After the file downloads, you can double-click to open it. Once you have the file open, you can view it using Adobe Acrobat’s navigation tools, or you can print it by selecting Print from the File menu.

How do I print the PDF?
With your computer and printer, you can print the PDF by selecting Print from the File menu. If your mobile device and printer have the proper software for wireless printing, you can print the lesson from your mobile device. 

Can I change the size of the type in the PDF?
Yes, you can change the size of the type on your computer’s or mobile device’s screen, although doing so may require that you scroll the page more to read the text.

  • If you’re reading the PDF in your computer’s browser, you can use the Zoom tools in the View menu to adjust the size. You also can use the Ctrl+ and Ctrl- key combinations to increase and decrease, respectively, the text size on PC; on a Mac, use Command+ and Command-.
  • If you’re using Adobe Acrobat, you can use the various zoom tools in that program to adjust the size.
  • On your mobile device, use the methods your software provides to change the text size.

What if I have problems with Adobe Acrobat?
If you’re having problems with Adobe Acrobat or want to know more about its capabilities, please visit Adobe’s help pages.

Why do I need to provide a date of birth when subscribing to myBibleLesson?
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is a law designed to prevent the collection and retention of personally identifiable information of anyone under the age of 13 without parental permission.  We follow COPPA standards as a best practice for nonprofit organizations.

 In order to determine who is under 13 and whether we need parental permission to collect personally identifiable information, the law prescribes asking for age in a “neutral” manner. Asking for a person’s date of birth is the generally accepted format for doing this. 

 We will not use the information in any other way other than to comply with the COPPA standards and to provide better service through aggregate statistics.

 We certainly take heed of Mary Baker Eddy’s statement in Science and Health to “Never record ages” (p. 246).  But we also take into account Mrs. Eddy’s statement in Retrospection and Introspection: “Genuine Christian Scientists are, or should be, the most systematic and law-abiding people on earth . . .” (p. 87).

HTML Help

How do I enlarge the type size onscreen or for printing?
How do I copy and paste the text into a word processor or other software?

How do I enlarge the type size onscreen or for printing?
To change the size of the type, click the three A’s in the first dark gray box above the myBibleLesson cover. Repeatedly clicking these toggles the type size among the three preselected options. You can then read the HTML lesson (not myBibleLesson) at the best type size for you or print it at this size by clicking the Print button next to the three A’s.

How do I copy and paste the HTML text into a word processor or other software?
To copy the text, drag your cursor over the text you want to copy. Then you can copy it by choosing Copy from the Edit menu or by using a keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+C on a PC; Command+C on a Mac). Then click in an open word processor (or other software) file and paste the text by choosing Paste from the Edit menu or by using a keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+V on a PC; Command+V on a Mac).