Last week's MTC activity found us downtown in the Union Square building, where we met with the American Sign Language missionaries serving in the Union Square 2nd Branch. We had a wonderful time hearing about the missionaries' experiences in the deaf branch and learning from them how to introduce ourselves and bear a simple testimony in ASL. It was inspiring to learn about the faith and dedication of the members of the deaf branch, many of whom overcome significant challenges to come to church each week.
We also learned a lot of interesting information about the language itself. Did you know that there are over 200 types of sign language throughout the world, and many people have their own unique style of signing? This means that it often requires a significant investment of time and effort to learn each individual's personal language and get to know them. It reminded us of how Christ has invested time and effort into each one of us in his infinite love for us. And did you know that when you learn sign language and become a part of the deaf community, a deaf person gives you a special name sign just for you? This reminded us of how we take a special name--the name of Christ--when we join the family of Christ through baptism.
Finally, we loved learning how to sign the alphabet, introduce ourselves, and share our testimony in ASL. The next time you see any of the MTC youth, be sure to ask them to share their newfound ASL skills with you!