Conference Weekend

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.

Know what else was amazing?  This bowl of vegetable soup after walking in the rain!

Mary, however, was more excited about this candy apple she got the day before, and which may take her all week to eat!

This morning we each had a biscuit from the bakery and some apple juice, which we got Friday before the crowds came to take over the local shops.  

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.

I suspect she will be finishing off that apple tonight, as well!

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!

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Conference Weekend — 2 Comments

  1. We saw you and Mary during the rest hymn on Saturday Morning Session as the camera panned the congregation! And could spot your shirt in that huge mass of people in almost every Deseret News picture of that session. :)