Three ASL Elders (Elders Walker, Burr and Sands) recently took a trip to the Flagstaff/Prescott area of Northern Arizona to find prepared deaf individuals. Because this area is 2 + hours from Phoenix, no ASL missionaries have ever been in this area. Here is their report:
[Shared with Permission]
“Northern Arizona first of all is a beautiful place. I can see why so many Deaf people live there. I don’t blame them….. We ended up receiving a total of around 25-30 referrals from members and missionaries. We spent 2 days contacting all of them. We didnt get to see everyone but we got to knock on every door in those 2 days we were there. We also found a very strong group of members there.
One wonderful sister was Sister Cindylee Bushman, a Deaf Sister in Prescott Valley. I had met her before at the Phoenix Temple as well as the Easter pageant. I asked her a while ago what the Deaf population was like up there but she was too new to the area to know a lot. Now that she has been there for a while, she is finding more and more people that we will teach…. She has been struggling to feel the Spirit and that has been holding her back. We had a very good lesson with her. We also went to see a sweet woman who used to be in our branch. Many of our members pleaded with us to visit her and were ecstatic to hear that we not only got in but were able to teach her a lesson 🙂
I know that the Lord used us to answer many prayers in Northern Arizona, especially Sister Bushman. You could see the gratitude in her eyes when she saw us pull up in her drive way. She has been praying for a year and she got the answer that she needed to help the hard of hearing people there. She was very thankful that we are ready to work there.”
For it shall come to pass in that day, that every man shall hear the fulness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language, through those who are ordained unto this power, by the administration of the Comforter, shed forth upon them for the revelation of Jesus Christ. (D&C 90:11)