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For your itchy scriptures.

I made a web application, everybody!  It is called Scripture Scratcher!

Let me explain.  I have been really getting into scripture study as of late.  Mostly so that I can sneer and self-righteously look down on folk that haven’t been really getting into scripture study of late.  Pearly gates, here I come.

Anyway, a nice scripture study technique is by topic, and while they have some really great topics over at, there isn’t a convenient way to get all of the scriptures referenced in each topic onto one page.  I felt like this was majorly hampering my ability to seriously study, so I wrote a little Python script to help me out.  It finds scripture references in free-running text, organizes them and displays the verses.  Ha ha, computers are great!

This was fun, but not terribly usable, so I spent some more time writing an interface to the program using JavaScript, HTML and CSS and then slapped it all together into an App Engine application so that I could use it wherever and whenever.  This means that you can use it too!  I mean … if you want to … or whatever.

Maybe it can help you with preparing to teach a lesson!  Maybe it can help you as you study general conference talks!  Maybe it can help you to really show all the old cows in your book club who the real master scriptorian is!  Maybe!


  1. Elizabeth wrote:

    I think I might have to try that out. I want to be all self-righteous too pick me pick me!! I mean I really want to be all cool and scripture scholarly like you are. I wish your spiritualness would rub off on me!

    Monday, February 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Permalink
  2. Emily wrote:

    Wow! You are a totaly nerd…just like matt. I will never understnad the joy of programming, but you will never understand the joy of putting on makeup…right? right??? Hmmm….
    But it does sound cool & I am thinking of being self-righteous too =)

    Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Permalink
  3. Joshua wrote:

    Yeah, I’m PRETTY nerdy, I guess! Oh yah, right right right. I’ll … cough cough … never understand the joy of putting on makeup.

    Oh you two! I think you are both already SUPER self-righteous!

    Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

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