How ASL religion classes are better reaching those who are deaf and hard of hearing |Church News

Imagine attending a Sunday School class in a language different from your own. Without an interpreter, it would be nearly impossible to understand.

For Nancy Kelly-Jones and her husband, Clyde Jones, who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are both deaf, Sunday School in their English ward can be difficult to understand — even with an interpreter or a typist. A lot of comments and conversation can be missed, and sometimes they feel intimidated to ask questions in fear of slowing down the class.

Two years ago, they began attending an adult religion class in American Sign Language, what they describe as their “safe space” where they can freely ask questions and learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ. They meet weekly via Zoom with a teacher and class of about 40 students from around the United States and a few other countries.

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