Mary was so excited to go to conference!
We started out once, and Mary was to cold in the dress she picked and I was a genius to start out without my shoes.
We turned around and got my shoes and changed her dress and grabbed her a sweater, and then got there again without our tickets.
We finally made it inside on the third try, after getting ourselves together proved to be more challenging than the rain or protestors.
Mary couldn’t believe how big it was, or that she could really see the choir!
The Deaf section is on floor level at one side, where we have a large screen to see up close for lip-reading, one tv for the ASL, and one tv for closed captions. It’s so great!
Also, the ASL is all done by Deaf interpreters. They study the speeches ahead of time, and translate it into ASL natively. Then during conference, they watch a hearing interpreter who signs what is being said so they know if anything is different and what is benign said when – but the hearing interpreter is not shown, only the Deaf interpreter. It’s so perfect!
Back home, Nathan set up a “King Benjamin tent” for the other children!
Not only was conference so good, but almost all of my talk that I have to give on Monday was mentioned in one place or another, so it was a relief to know I am on the right track.
Mary, however, was more excited about this candy apple she got the day before, and which may take her all week to eat!
We watched conference from our hotel room today, because Mary wanted to give away our tickets while we were having the traditional Sunday picnic at temple square.
We finished conference this afternoon, and then had a lovely simple meal of a v8 we pretended was tomato soup, nuts and dried berries, and a bit of cheese.
We have gotten much needed rest, been fed spiritually, and made special memories together on this adventure.
I have also been able to continue working on my talk for tomorrow.
We also talk to Kyrie’s doctors tomorrow for clinic, so hopefully that will be helpful.
Mostly, we are very homesick.
And in need of more colored pencils!