Friday, December 4, 2009

2010 Church Satellite Broadcasts

We’ve been informed by the Church Translation Department about the following interpreted events in 2010. All these events will have available live ASL interpreting via satellite:

CES Firesides
January: Sunday, Jaunary 10, 2010
March: Sunday, March 7, 2010
May: Sunday May 2, 2010
September: Sunday, September 12, 2010
November: Sunday, November 7, 2010

Satellite Regional Conference Broadcasts
Southern California: Sunday, Jaunary 17, 2010
Southeastern: Sunday, Jaunary 31, 2010
East Coast: Sunday, February 14, 2010
Davis County (Utah): May 1–2, 2010
Eastern Idaho: May 15–16, 2010
Canada(?): Sunday, May 30, 2010
Utah South: September 11–12, 2010
Utah Salt Lake City: September 18–19, 2010
Colorado-Wyoming-Montana: Sunday, October 24, 2010
Oregon: Sunday, November 7, 2010
Arizona: Sunday, November 14, 2010

General Conferences
General Young Women’s Meeting: Saturday, March 27, 2010
April General Conference (all sessions): Saturday, April 3, 2010–Sunday, April 4, 2010
April General Conference (Music and the Spoken Word): Sunday April 4, 2010
Relief Society General Conference: Saturday Sept 25, 2010
October General Conference (all sessions): Saturday, October 2, 2010–Sunday, October 3 2010
October General Conference (Music and the Spoken Word): Sunday, October 3, 2010

Special Events and Training
Interfaith Concert: Sunday, February 21, 2010
Interpreter Training: Saturday, February 27, 2010
April World Report: Monday, March 29, 2010
Pioneer Day Concert: Saturday July 16, 2010
October World Report: Monday, September 27, 2010
Worldwide Leadership Training: November 12—13, 2010
Savior of the World: Saturday, December 4, 2010
First Presidency Christmas Devotional: Sunday, December 5, 2010
Christmas Concert: December 11, 2010

Sunday, October 4, 2009

In Memoriam: David G. Woodhouse

We will miss our dear friend David Woodhouse, who passed away October 4, 2009. Brother Woodhouse served a mission to the Deaf in Southern California from 1970-1972 and was recently serving on the high council of the Provo South Stake. We'll post his obituary when we receive it. Your prayers for the Woodhouse family are welcomed.

Friday, September 18, 2009

LDS Counseling Services for the Deaf


We’re pleased to pass along this announcement from Brad Houck, MSW, LCSW (Portland, Oregon) about counseling services via VP for LDS Deaf members. Please inform your unit leaders about this wonderful service. Please contact Brad directly; his information is listed below.

A new resource is now available for Deaf members with counseling needs. The Oregon LDS Office employs a licensed Deaf therapist who is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Brad Houck, LCSW has worked for LDS Family Services since May 2006, providing services to Deaf clients in the area. Thanks to improvements in technology, most Deaf people have or will have a videophone, used for communicating with others in ASL. Brad has made himself available to meet with these clients anywhere in the country using this technology.

Often the Deaf community lacks direct access to counselors in their respective regions who are both fluent in ASL and educated in Deaf culture. Because of this scarcity, Deaf people are often referred to therapists who utilize interpreters for communication. This can be less effective and time consuming. Counseling may include issues such as addiction, marriage/family problems, pornography, depression, abuse, anxiety, and same-gender attraction. and other issues.

When local resources are not available, bishops/branch presidents may refer Deaf/hard of hearing LDS members, or members themselves can request counseling, by contacting the Portland LDSFS office by phone ([503] 620-1191) or by email: The Oregon Office will arrange the paperwork and billing of the client. Any questions/concerns, please contact

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

2009 LDS Deaf Symposium

The Symposium is back, this year in Salt Lake City. The schedule looks great and, if you're in the area, why don't you come stop by?

Tell us about your favorite classes and experiences at the Symposium this year.

Two New Units

We’ve added two new Kansas City area Deaf units to
Thanks for your emails. Keep your information coming.

Monday, March 2, 2009

New ASL Curriculum: "On the Lord’s Errand"

On the Lord’s Errand, a new DVD about the life and service of President Thomas S. Monson, is now available in 14 languages through distribution centers and on The 60-minute video, broadcast between sessions of the October 2008 general conference, includes interviews with President Monson, family members, colleagues, and friends. The DVD is available with ASL interpreting and subtitles.

—Doug Hind, Church Special Curriculum Department

Monday, February 9, 2009

Changes to Eastern Idaho Units

We made some changes to two Eastern Idaho units today:
We took a trip to Idaho this last weekend and could not find the Idaho Falls Deaf Branch anywhere in Idaho Falls. The listing seems to have been taken off the Stakes and Wards listing for Deaf units. If anyone knows any information about the branch or and Deaf members in Idaho Falls, please contact

Also, we happened to run into an interpreter from the Pocatello Deaf Group who told us about the six Deaf members and four to five interpreters who are part of the Alameda 6th Ward in Pocatello. We hope to hear from them again soon too.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Three New Units Added

We're proud to announce the addition of three new Deaf units to
Thanks for your emails. Keep your information coming.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

2009 Regional Stake Conferences To Be ASL Interpreted

According to the ASL Division of the Church's Translation Department, all North American regional stake conferences will be ASL interpreted in 2009. Here's the known schedule:
  • Northern California: Feb 21–22
  • Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico: Feb 28–Mar 1
  • Nevada: Mar 7–8
  • Midwest: Apr 11–12
  • Western Idaho: April 18–19
  • Eastern: May 2–3
  • New England: May 16–17
  • Washington, Alaska: Sep 12–13
Please tell other Deaf LDS members in your area. Also, the ASL translation division would like to know or get feedback if any of you are watching these stake conferences. A lot of money and time is sacrificed to interpret and satellite broadcast these meeting; email them or us and let us know where you watched stake conference.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

ASL Video Seminary and Institute of Religion Classes

NEW Seminary and Institute of Religion classes on your videophone for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing! Classes begin on January 12, 2009.

If you are interested in applying for any of these classes, please go to Classes are ongoing, so there is no “closed” registration (unless classes are full), but there are a limited number of spaces available. For students in the metro Salt Lake City area, you may attend the classes at those times at the Granite Seminary Building, 3328 South 500 East (map) in Salt Lake City.

Seminary classes (ages 14–18)
  1. New Testament; Tuesday/Thursday (6:00–7:00 am MST)
  2. New Testament; Tuesday/Thursday (4:00–5:00 pm MST)
  3. New Testament; Wednesday (3:30–5:00 pm MST)
(All classes begin at the times listed above on Mountain Standard Time. Be aware of your time zone.)

Institute of Religion classes (ages 18 and up)
  1. Scripture Study: The Power of the Word; Wed (7:00–8:30 pm MST)
  2. Book of Mormon; Thursday (7:00 - 8:30 pm MST)
  3. Book of Mormon: Tuesday (7:00 - 8:30 pm MST; class located at the Logan UT Institute)
  4. New Testament: Tuesday (5:00 - 6:00 pm MST; class located at the NYC Institute)
(All classes begin at the times listed above on Mountain Standard Time. Be aware of your time zone.)

Spread the word! For more information, contact Nathan Van De Graaff, Coordinator of Seminaries and Institutes for the Deaf, at 1-866-671-7778 VP/VRS or Confirmation of your enrollment will be emailed to you.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The New

Welcome back!

We’re sorry this took a long time to get the site back up again. There’s only a few of us working on the site and between family, jobs, callings, and all the other stuff, sometimes there doesn't seem to be enough time.

But we researched and listened and watched how past users were using and found out some interesting things. Most of you look at the Directory and want to know where other Deaf members are. You also came to to find out about events in the community. So we redesigned around the Deaf Unit Directory and gave you a map to find exactly where Deaf units are around the world. We hope you’ll email us and talk to us about where you are and where you know other Deaf members are—just one or a whole Deaf ward, it doesn’t matter.

We also learned that many Deaf members are using Facebook to contact each other so we've included links to Facebook groups for Deaf LDS members.

And finally, we’ve added this blog to make it easier to write stories and make announcements and for you to make comments about these events. Please come back often.

So, what else would you like to see?