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Welcome to the 2016 LDS Deaf Symposium

Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.

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About the Symposium Theme

“We all have work...”

The theme for the 2016 Symposium centers around the work — personal, spiritual, mental — that we must do as children of God. How can we learn our duties better? Where can we improve and what are the blessings and consequences that come from doing or not doing our work?

We Reap What We Sow

From the scripture in Galatians 6:7 — “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” — we are taught that ‘to sow’ means our actions and ‘to reap’ means to receive blessings from our actions.

Why Should We Work?

Why work? Because in reality, our part in the Plan of Salvation requires work.

Work Together

President Monson has said, “Now is the time for members and missionaries to come together, to work together, to labor in the Lord's vineyard to bring souls unto Him.” (Faith in the Work of Salvation)

Self-Reliance

As part of our responsibilities as family, parents, and children, we all have to work, we can not expect others to do the work.

What To Do at The Symposium

Great workshops.
So much to learn.

“Therefore, I must gather together my people, according to the parable of the wheat and the tares...” (DC 101:65) Choose from over 20 great classes and workshops about topics such as our Deaf LDS history, raising children in a time of social media, financial self-reliance, and including family history in our family study. Auxiliary training for leaders will be held on Thursday evening.

Service/Humanitarian Project

“When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.” (Psalms 102:22) We will be gathering together for a Saturday service project for both adults and youth. Come join us!

Youth Symposium

“That the work of the gathering together of my saints may continue, that I may build them up unto my name upon holy places” (DC 101:64). For the first time in many years, we are excited to have a Symposium program especially for youth! We will have fun activities, wonderful workshops, temple experience (a current/active temple recommend is required), and a service project. The youth program is for ages 14–18 (must be 14 years of age before September 30, 2016 to attend).

Attend the Temple

“...All that enter in to perform the service, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation...” (Numbers 4:23) Please join us for a Saturday ASL temple experience at the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork. (A current/active temple recommend is required).

YSA and Single Adults

“...but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad...” (John 11:52) There are planned workshops, social activities, a temple experience (a current/active temple recommend is required), and a service project. Single adults are age 32 and older; young single adults are age 18–31.

Food and Meals

Your combo registration package includes two lunches (Thursday and Friday) and a Saturday evening dinner (combo registration or dinner package only). The Institute building is located on Utah Valley University campus; there are small restaurants on campus and many more food offerings in the area around the campus if you need more options.

Staying for Sunday?

If you are staying in Utah Valley during the Symposium, we invite you to join with us at either the Lehi 44th Branch (1988 West 900 North, Lehi) at 9:30 am or the Utah Valley Ward (888 South Freedom Blvd, Provo) at 11:00 am.

What’s Happening Each Day

View the daily schedule.

Two full days of helpful and inspiring workshops, service, and temple worship opportunities. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and grow.

Adult Schedule

Activity Location Time
Early registration Foyer 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ice cream Social Cultural Hall 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Adult Welcome Cultural Hall 7:00 pm
Activity Location Time
Devotional Location TBA 8:30 am – 8:55 am
Workshops Location TBA 9:00 am – 11:50 am
Lunch Break Location TBA 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Workshops Location TBA 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm
Dinner Break (on your own) 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
“LDS Essentials” Open to all: age 18+ (Free) 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Activity Location Time
Devotional Location TBA 8:30 am – 8:55 am
Workshops Location TBA 9:00 am – 11:50 am
Lunch Break Location TBA 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Workshops Location TBA 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm
Dinner Break (on your own) 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Various activities: BYU Museum of Art, Single Adults (TBD), Young Single Adults (TBD) 6:30 pm –
Activity Time
Service Projects 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Lunch Break (on your own) 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Option 1: Mt. Timpanogos Temple
(Dressed, ready, and seated in chapel before 2:15 for the 2:30 p.m. session)
1:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Option 2: at UVU Institute of Religion 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Banquet and Entertainment: UVU Institute of Religion 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Youth Schedule

Activity Location Time
Early registration Foyer 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ice cream Social Cultural Hall 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Adult Welcome Cultural Hall 7:00 pm
Activity Location Time
Devotional Location TBA 8:30 am – 8:55 am
Workshops Location TBA 9:00 am – 11:50 am
Lunch Break Location TBA 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Workshops Location TBA 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm
Dinner Break (on your own) 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
“LDS Essentials” Open to all: age 18+ (Free) 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Activity Location Time
Devotional Location TBA 8:30 am – 8:55 am
Workshops Location TBA 9:00 am – 11:50 am
Lunch Break Location TBA 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Workshops Location TBA 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm
Dinner Break (on your own) 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Various activities: BYU Museum of Art, Single Adults (TBD), Young Single Adults (TBD) 6:30 pm –
Activity Time
Service Projects 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Lunch Break (on your own) 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Option 1 Mt. Timpanogos Temple
(Dressed, ready, and seated in chapel before 2:15 for the 2:30 p.m. session)
1:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Option 2 at UVU Institute of Religion 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Banquet and Entertainment UVU Institute of Religion 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Fireside • Sunday, July 31, 2016

Location Speaker Time
Historic Alpine Tabernacle
110 East Main Street
American Fork, UT 84003
Doug Hind
Former Director, LDS Church Special Curriculum Department
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Symposium Pricing Options

Pick the best plan for you.

Choose from different ticket prices that fit your needs the best. Early-bird Combo tickets are available until May 31 June 7!, 2016; Regular Combo tickets are extended until July 3, 2016! All combo tickets include three meals and workshop materials. If you prefer getting your own food, you can attend for just $10.00.

Even though combo tickets are no longer available, you can still get workshop materials and attend for the day for just $10.00.

Workshop Admission

$10.00

Walk-ins Welcome

Billed Annually.

  • Includesall workshops and program book
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Questions and Answers

We hope we can answer all your questions here. If we didn’t answer something that you need to know about, just email us and we’ll do our best to answer right away.

Information may change at any time. Please check back often.

What are the dates of the Symposium?

The 2016 LDS Deaf Symposium will be held Wednesday evening, July 27, to Saturday evening, July 30. There will be a Sunday night fireside on July 31, after the Symposium closes.

What does it cost to attend the Symposium?

We have worked hard to keep the Symposium cost to a very low price. Costs to attend the Symposium can be found in Pricing (in the section above).

  • Early combo ($65.00; available until May 31 June 7!, 2016) and Regular combo ($85.00; available until June 27, 2016) tickets include Thursday and Friday box lunches and Saturday dinner, workshop enrollment, a Symposium T-shirt, bag, and wristband.
  • Youth Symposium combo tickets are $50.00 and also includes workshops, activities, food, T-short, bag, and wristband.
  • You can also purchase just a workshop ticket ($10.00 for all workshops; includes program book) and take care of your own food needs.
  • You can also join us for Saturday evening banquet for just $20.00.
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Where will the Symposium be held?

We are proud to hold the Symposium at the Institute of Religion Building on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, USA. The building is comfortable, air conditioned, and will hold all of our Symposium attendees. It is located about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, just off Interstate 15 in Orem, Utah. It is very convenient to train, car, and bus transportation. We’re sorry but you must arrange for your own transportation to and from the Symposium; there are convenient car parking, bus, and train transportation options available (see below).

How do I get there?

The Institute of Religion building is located in the northeast corner of the Utah Valley University campus. It is very convenient by car, bus, or train. Here are a few ways you can travel to the Symposium:

How old do I have to be to attend the Symposium?

LDS Deaf Symposium activities and workshops are intended for ages 18 and older. The Youth Symposium program is for young men and women ages 14–18 (as per church guidelines, youth participants must turn age 14 by September 30, 2016 to be eligible.) We’re sorry but there will not be a nursery provided at the Symposium. Nursing mothers are welcome to bring babes in arms.

Is there a program for youth at the Symposium?

Yes, we are delighted to have a youth Symposium program for Deaf, CODA, brothers and sisters of deaf siblings, and youth from sign language branches and wards! The Youth Symposium program is for young men and women ages 14–18 (as per church guidelines, youth participants must turn age 14 by September 30, 2016 to be eligible.)

  • The youth Symposium program will include age-specific workshops, activites, and temple (a current/active temple recommend is required) and humanitarian service opportunities.

Where can I stay near the Symposium?

We’re sorry, but Utah Valley University does not have dormitories for use during the Symposium. But there are several hotels around the campus area that we can recommend; here are some places you can try:

Where can I find food around the Symposium?

Provo and Orem have a diverse choice of restaurants and styles from which to choose. There are several restaurants on campus and on nearby University Parkway and State Street.

Is there a dress code at the Symposium?

July and summer time are warm in Utah; make sure to dress appropriately. Remember that the Institute building is ar conditioned so please be prepared if you are sensitive to temperature changes. The Institute of Religion is a dedicated church building; adults and youth: please show respect by following appropriate dress and grooming standards:

  • Clothing that is low-cut in the front or back, sheer, tight, or revealing in any other way is not acceptable.
  • Shorts and skirts should be knee-length or longer, even when worn with leggings or other form-fitting pants. Tank tops or strap tops are not appropriate for inside the Institute building.
  • No shreds or holes in pants or shirts; pants that are tight and form-fitting or excessively baggy or sloppy are not acceptable; leggings may not be worn as pants.
  • Footwear should be worn at all times in the Institute building.
  • Please ask if you have any questions about clothing for yourself or your youth.

Will there be interpreters at the Symposium?

The official language of the Symposium is American Sign Language (ASL). We are not intending to provide interpreters during the Symposium. However, there will be interpreters provided at the Sunday evening fireside in American Fork after the Symposium.

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