We have a deaf brother in our congregation at church. We have a sister who served an American Sign Language mission who has been called to sign for him. This has been going on for several months with this sister…his other interpreter moved to Nevada.
We have been trying to learn ASL in our homeschool so we could talk to this brother in his own language. This sister comes to our house every Tuesday to give lessons, and so we are learning both flute and sign language. I have learned a lot, including the fact that one can shout in sign. =) In church, the deaf pew was moved closer to where we sit so we can observe and learn. Very cool. We have discovered that the Church provides the Hymns in American Sign language here. These are invaluable to help teach us the proper signs and give us direction beyond pitifully small conversation signs. Of course, our teacher is the best resource!
Sunday was incredible. I was sitting and watching but not really “listening” to the signs. We started to sing the Sacrament hymn, and I looked up at the sister signing. My heart was so touched. She had a tender, reverent expression on her face, and the signs flowed so smoothly and beautifully that I felt the Spirit SO strongly. I felt the tears streaming down my face, and once again, felt the confirming knowledge that the Lord is mindful of all His children.