FAIRwiki:Scripture template how to


The Bibel translation used in Germany is the EU, and is not available on the LDS site.

To link to the "bibleserver.com" version, use this template:

{{Bibel|ref=Genesis 1:1|code=01001001}}

This gives:Genesis 1:1

  • "ref" is the hotlink as you wish it to appear to the user. It can be anything.
  • "code" is the reference used by bibleserver.com for the specific verse.
    • First two digits = number of book of scripture (01, 02, 03, etc.)
    • next three digits = chapter (001, 002, 003, etc.)
    • last three digits = verse (001, 001, 003, etc.)

So Genesis is first book in the Bible (01), chapter 1 (001), verse 1 (001). John 3:16 would be John (43), chapter (003), verse (017) = 43003017

List of numbered Bible books here.

LDS Scriptures

The actual template for scriptures is at Template:scripture. Note that for names of books of scripture to work on the website, they must be typed as ENGLISH names. However, the German scripture text will appear when the link is clicked.

How to use the template:

Syntax is as follows: {{scripture|a|b|c|d}} [Can also use {{s|a|b|c|d}} if you don't want to type "scripture" every time.]

  • a = Book number, like 1 Nephi or 3 John. If there is no book number, you must leave this space blank like this: {{scripture||b|c|d}} (note the two || lines beside each other, meaning that "a" section is blank.
  • b = Book of Scripture: Nephi, Jonah, etc. For D&C references, just put DC, or it messes up the parser (this can be changed with some coding in an ungrade, but the necessary command doesn't work on FAIR Wiki yet.)
  • c = chapter
  • d = verses. Dashes, commas, or both are permitted; eg: 4-7,9 (verses 4 through 7, and verse 9).

Note: don't put spaces between elements. So, you can put 4-7,9 for verses 4-7 and then verse 9, but don't put "4 - 7, 9."


Due to software limitations, books of scripture with more than one word in their title are a bit tricky. Fortunately, there are only 2, and they are small and of relatively little importance in apologetics.

Book of Scripture Ways to cite it that work How it Looks
Words of Mormon
  • {{scripture||W+of+M|1|1}}
W+of+M 1:1
  • {{scripture||Words+of+Mormon|1|1}}
Words+of+Mormon 1:1
Articles of Faith
  • {{scripture||A+of+F|1|13}}
A+of+F 1:13
  • {{scripture||Articles+of+Faith|1|13}}
Articles+of+Faith 1:13

Some Examples

  1. To code D&C 121:5-7, you would put: {{scripture||DC|121|5-7}}
  2. To code 1 Nephi 3:7, you would put: {{scripture|1|Nephi|3|7}}
  3. To code Joseph Smith History 1:5, you would put: {{scripture||JS-H|1|5}}
  4. To code Joseph Smith Matthew 1:2, you would put: {{scripture||JS-M|1|2}}

Most common error

  • You have omitted an element, and thus missed putting two || together to show this element as 'blank'. This error is most likely to occur if you aren't citing "a" (for the numbered books like 1 Nephi, 2 Nephi, 2 Kings, 3 John, etc.).
  • Or, the above error could happen if you're trying to cite a whole chapter: then the "d" element isn't entered, but you still need ||. (e.g. Alma 13 would be {{scripture||Alma|13||}} The first || contains the empty "a" (since there is no 1st Alma, 2nd Alma, etc.) and the second || contains the empty "d" (since no verses are being cited.)

In short, there should always be 4—count 'em!—vertical bars -> |||| within the template. Whether there's anything between the bars depends on what you're citing.

Other common errors

  • you are using "D&C" for the Doctrine and Covenants, instead of plain old "DC." See the examples section to see how to cite the D&C properly.
  • you have mistakenly put regular parentheses [smooth brackets like this: (()) ] instead of curly brackets [like this {{}} ] around your template call.
  • you have a space between some elements: don't put spaces between commas, dashes, etc.
  • you are trying to cite Joseph Smith-History or Joseph Smith-Matthew from the Pearl of Great Price without using JS-H and JS-M. See the examples.
  • you are trying to cite Words of Mormon or Articles of Faith without looking at the exceptions table.

Heeelp! It still doesn't work!

Please report any bugs or citations that don't work to User:GregSmith. You may have found a bug with the system, which we need to fix or work around, or we can help spare you frustration by showing you what's going wrong.