About the Symposium Theme:
The Great Refiner
Like the refining process that converts raw ore into pure valuable metal, the challenges and adversities of our lives teach us how to improve ourselves to be better disciples of Jesus Christ; that “all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good” (D&C 122:7). We invite all to “come unto Christ and be perfected in Him” (Moroni 10:32).
See the day-by-day schedule below for workshops, activities, and meals happening each day.
On Sunday, July 28, there will be a Fireside hosted by the SLV 2nd Ward. Speaker TBA.
All are welcome to attend!
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- 2 Lunches
- Closing Banquet
For Mia Maids, Teachers, Laurels, and Priests
*Must know ASL
- 2 Lunches
- Closing Banquet
- Saturday @ 6pm
- Open to ages 14 and up
- No Workshop Access
Frequently Asked Questions
We hope we can answer all your questions here. If we didn’t answer something that you need to know about, email us below and we’ll do our best to answer right away. Information may change at any time, so please check back often.
Where will the Symposium be held? We are proud to host the Symposium at the Institute of Religion Building at Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville, Utah, USA. The building is located on the southwest part of campus. It is comfortable, air conditioned, and will hold all of our Symposium attendees. The building is located about 10 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, just off Interstate 215 in Taylorsville, Utah.
How do I get there?
The Institute of Religion building is located in the southwest corner of the Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) campus, 4554 South 2025 West, Taylorsville, UT 84119. You can find directions to the building from your own location on Google Maps (Directions). The Sunday Fireside is held at the Salt Lake Valley 2nd Deaf Ward building on 6250 2200 W, West Jordan, UT 84084.
There are convenient car parking, bus, and train transportation options available but we ask that all attendees arrange their own transportation. Ride-sharing options like Uber and Lyft are also available.
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 (Due to new church guidelines, youth participants who will become age 14 this year are eligible to attend.) Nursery services will not be provided at the Symposium. Nursing mothers are welcome to bring their children if necessary, but must be prepared to care for them during the week’s activities or arrange for their own babysitting services.
Is there a program for youth at the Symposium?
We are pleased to host 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 (Due to new church guidelines, youth participants who will become age 14 this year are eligible to attend.)
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?
There are two hotels willing to offer a discount for all attendees to the Deaf Symposium at Country Inn & Suites ($90+tax, call 801-908-0311) or Sleep Inn ($79+tax, call 801-975-1888). Ask to book with the group “LDS Deaf Symposium” for a reduced rate. These reduced rates are only good until June 21, 2019. The Deaf Symposium is not responsible for hotel reservations, payments, or refunds.
Use these forms if you don’t want to pay over the phone:
-Sleep Inn Form
-Country Inn Form
Where can I find food around the Symposium?
There is a student food court located 2 minutes from the Institute building, just a walk across the lawn. You are also welcome to bring your own food. Food will be provided if you choose the all access package that includes 2 lunches and the closing banquet.
Is there a dress code at the Symposium? Outdoor temperatures in Utah tend to be around the 90s in July; make sure to dress appropriately. The Institute building is air conditioned so please be prepared if you are sensitive to temperature changes. The Institute of Religion is a dedicated church building, so we ask all adults and youth to please show respect by dressing modestly and following appropriate dress and grooming standards. You may review dress code guidelines on the Especially For Youth website to get a idea of what to expect (https://efy.byu.edu/dress-and-appearance)
Will there be interpreters at the Symposium? The official language of the Symposium and its activities are in American Sign Language (ASL). We do not intend to provide interpreters during the Symposium. However, there will be interpreters provided at the Sunday evening Fireside at the Salt Lake Valley 2nd Deaf Ward building.
If you still have questions about this event, feel free to send us a message by filling out the form below. We will get back to you as soon as we are able.