Gospel Vocabulary

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Gospel Sign Language
Vocabularies
AARONIC
ABORTION


Use your left hands flat, palms facing down.
Then your right hand, grab some imaginary
pieces out of your left hand and throw it to
the ground.
Or same way, but left hand palms face up
and use your right like you tear something
out under your left and throw it to the ground.
ABRAHAM

ABUNDANT
ABUSE

Use your left fore finger out, like you are
pointing at the ceiling or an small imaginary
person. Then with your right fist, beat your
left finger around.
ACCEPT
ADAM
or
ADDICTION

Pull the corner of your mouth with your
forefinger, like a fish get stuck with a hook,
ADMINISTER
ADMINISTRATIONS
CONTROL: "administration" "manage" "reign” or “rule over“ "manipulate"
Hint: Think of holding the reins of a horse and "controlling" or "managing" the horse's movements.
Alternate pulling back on the reins. The hands alternate sliding forward and back.
ADMONISH
ADOPTION
TAKE-UP:
This sign means:
- to take a class
- to adopt a method or a child
- to evaporate
It doesn’t mean to “take from
ADULTERY
ADVENT

Advent is signed in one of three ways
depending on what you mean:
–
–
–
1. 2nd COME
2. ARRIVE
3. COME (sign as in come to you “yourself”)
ADVERSITY
There is no dominant sign for adversity.
Good choices are: "PROBLEMS" "OPPOSITION" and "AGAINST"
“against”
“opposite”
Or
ADVOCATE

Similar to “Support”
–
–
But if it is a person, you sign “support” then
“person”
If it is a verb, sign “support”
AGENCY

Spread out your fingers and use the opposite
to pick each finger.
ALMIGHTY
ALTAR
AMEN
ANGEL
ANCESTORS
ANOINT
ANTI-CHRIST
“enemy” to “person”
APOSTASY
APOSTLE

Two signs
–
Sign “follow” to “person” or
APPEAR (PRESENCE)
APPROACH
ARCHANGEL
AREA
ARISEN
ARTICLES OF FAITH
ASCENSION
ASSEMBLE
ATONEMENT
ATTEND

Similar to “go” in sign, but do it twice.
AUTHORITY

Similar sign to “power” but with the letter “a”
BAD
BAPTIZED/BAPTISM
BAPTISMAL FONT
BEG

Flat hand palm face down and the other in
clawed motion, but upside down. Almost like
“want” in signs, but only one hand above the
flat hand.
BEHOLD
BELIEVE
BELONG
Same as “connect” in ASL
BENEDICTION
BESTOW
BETHLEHEM
BIBLE
There’s two different signs:
“Jesus book”
“b” across the hand
BIRTH
BISHOP
BISHOPRIC
“bishop” to “group”
BISHOP’S COURT
BISHOPS’ STOREHOUSE
BLASPHEMY
BLESS
BLOOD
BONDAGE
BOOK OF REMEMBERANCE
BOW DOWN
BRANCH
BRANCH PRESIDENT
BRASS

Fingerspell B R A S S
BREASTPLATE
BRETHREN
BROTHER
First version of "brother" using BOY + RIGHT.
Second version of "brother" using BOY + SAME:
CALLING (INVITE/WELCOME)
CALLING (SUMMON)
CALVARY

Right hand, sign “C” across left extended
arm and transform the “C” into “Hills”
CAST OUT
CATHOLIC

Forefinger and middle finger together, with
that pretend to draw a cross on the forehead.
CELEBRATION

Both hands out, show forefingers in crooked
manner or pretend you are holding
something with both hands. Then rotate both
as if you were turning the party toy in circles.
Left hand should be rotate counter-clockwise
and right clockwise.
CELESTIAL KINGDOM
CHAPTER
CHARITY
Sometimes signing with
your hands “c” can be
shown.
CHASTITY
CHOIR
“music”
“group”
CHRISTIAN
“Christ” “person”
CHRISTMAS
Hint: Think of showing the inside edge of a wreath.
OR
CHRISTMAS: Think of showing an initialized form of the sign "TREE." (No, this sign doesn't mean "Christmas Tree." To indicate a Christmas tree,
sign CHRISTMAS + TREE
CHURCH
CHURCH COURTS
CHURCH WELFARE PROGRAM
COLLECTION
COMFORT

Almost in “build” but all fingers out. As in
trying to keep your hand off of surfaces of
your hands back and forth.
COMFORTER
COMING
Similar to the signs below, but shift focus to heaven
COMMAND
COMMANDMENTS
COMMUNICATION
Similar to the sign below “Dialog”, but with the letter “C”
CONDEMN
CONFESS

Both hands touch the chest with the flat open
hand. They are then swung up and out,
ending with both palms facing up in front of
the body.
Hint: To get something off your chest.
CONFIRMATION
CONGREGATION

Same sign as “gather together”
CONSECRATED OIL
CONTRIBUTIONS
CONVERT/CONVERSION
COUNSEL
COVENANT (AGREE)
COVET
Same sign as “desire” or “wish”
CREATE / CREATION

Similar to “make” in ASL.
CREATOR
CROSS
CROWN
CRUCIFIED
DAMNATION
DEACON
DEATH or DEAD
DEBT
DELIVERANCE

Same as “save” but in letter “d”. Almost like
“divorce”, but more open.
DENIAL/DENY
DESIRE
Same as “wish” or “hungry”
DEVIL
DISCIPLE
DISPENSATIONS
DIVINE
DOCTRINE
DOCTRINE & COVENANTS
DOUBT

The right "v" hand faces the nose. The index
and middle fingers bend as a cynical
expression is assumed. The downturned "s"
hands swing alternately up and down.
EARN (DESERVE)
Start with the hand in air while your other flat hand stays, then do the same sign
as the images below.
EARTH
EASTER
EGYPT

With the right palm forward, using a "x" hand,
place it on the forehead. Like the crown the
pharaoh wore with the little snake on its
forehead.
ELDER
ELECT
ELOHIM
EMMANUEL

Move the flat right hand in a backwarddownward arc toward self with the palm
facing left. Both "a" hands come together in
front of the body with palms touching. The
right index finger touches the right shoulder
then moves in a semi circle and touches the
left shoulder.
Hint: the signs for God, With and Us.
ENDOWMENT
ENDURE
Same as “continue”
ENEMY
Sign in as “opposite” and then “person”
ETERNITY
EPISCOPAL

Hold the left arm in front of the chest with the
palm down and the hand closed. Touch the
underside of the left forearm with the right
index finger at the wrist; then dip the right
index hand before touching the left elbow.
Hint: Suggests the enlarged sleeve of a
priests robe.
EPISTLE

Same sign as “letter” in ASL.
ETERNAL

Use forefinger and start from right scalp
extend out and swirl forward.
EVE
EVIL
EXCOMMUNICATE
EXALT / EXALTATION

Both bent hands with fingertips facing each
other are raised from forehead height to
above the head.
EXAMPLE
EXODUS

Two different signs I found on
http://www.aslpro.com/cgi-bin/aslpro/aslpro.cgi and
http://www.valleybible.net/DeafMinistry/ASL_Dictiona
ry/asl_exodus.php
–
–
The right index finger starts between the fingers of the left
flat hand with palm facing down. It then moves out from the
fingers in a sharp motion.
Sign “Egypt” and then “leave” (in a higher motion to
heaven).
FAITH / FAITHFUL

Two different signs:
OR
FALSE
FAMILY
FAMINE
FASTING

The right "f" fingers move across the lips
from left to right.
FATHER (God himself)

Same sign as “father” but with both hands
together. Hands on top of one another.
FEAR

Sources from the web as well, various signs.
This one is common one:
The other signs, “fear God” are pretending to shield to heaven, as if
you try to block you face.
FEAST

The right and left hand alternately move
toward the mouth.
–
Similar to this photos, but in a humble way.
(It’s the actual sign for food, in a dramatic
expressions)
FELLOWSHIP


Both "a" hands with thumbs out circle around
each other.
OR do the same way as above, but wiggle all
of your fingers around each other in circle
motion. Your fingers are like little people
going around each other.
FIRMAMENT
FIRST PRESIDENCY
FLESH (BODY)

Use both hands flat your palms facing you
and start from top below shoulder and move
hands out down to your tummy.
FLESH (MEAT)

Similar sign for “meat”, then shake your sign.
FLOOD
FOOD
FORBID

With a sharp movement, hit the left open
hand, palm facing right with the right “L" hand
two times.
FORGIVE
FORNICATION
FORSAKE

Wipe the palm side of the right open hand
across the forehead from left to right then
throw both hands to the right.
Hint: It is like forgetting something and
throwing it aside.
FREE AGENCY
FREEWILL (THINK-SELF)

Sign “free” and then “willing” but with one
hand.
FULFILL
FUNERAL
GARMENTS
GENEALOGY
GENERAL AUTHORITY
GENERAL CONFERENCE
GENERATION (PAST)
GENERATION (FUTURE)
GENTILE(S)

This concept refers to someone who is not a member
of one's own religion. Typically in the new testament it
has been used to refer to "non-Jewish" people.
Hindus and Mormons also use this concept to some
extent to refer to people not of their faith
GET (OBTAIN)
GHOST
GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST
GIVE
GLORY / GLORIFY / GLORIOUS
GOD
GODHEAD
GOLD PLATES
GOOD (WELL)
GOSPEL
GOSSIP
GOVERNMENT
There’s two different signs:
GRACE
GRATITUDE
GRIEF

Use both hands in fist and pretend to tear
over your heart like a paper in half.
GUILT (CONSCIENCE) / GUILTY

Use your right arm and sign “g” over your left
chest, just over your heart.
HALLELUJAH
HAPPINESS
HEART
OR
Outline the shape of a heart on the chest with both index or middle fingers.
HEAL
HEAVEN
HEBREW

Place the right open fingers and thumb on
the chin with the palm facing self. Draw the
hand down below the chin and form an "and"
hand.
Hint: Symbolizes the beards worn by Jewish
men.
HELL
HELP
HELPMEET
HERITAGE
HIGH COUNCIL
HIGH PRIEST
HOLY
OR
Make a right "h" hand; then move the right flat palm across the left flat palm
from heel, to fingertips.
HOLY GHOST
HOLY SANCTUARY
HOME TEACHER
HONESTY

Use your left flat hand palm facing back.
Then the right hand sign with an “h”. Move
the “h” from bottom to up of your left hand.
HONOR
OR
HOPE
OR
HOSANNA / PRAISE
HUMBLE
HUNGRY (WILL)
HYMN
HYPOCRITE
IDOL
IMAGE / FIGURE / STATUE
IMMERSION
This image below is signed as “water” and “under”
IMMORTALITY
IN
INACTIVE
This image below is signed as “not” and “active”
INNOCENT

Use both fore and middle fingers together
both hands at lips and extend out.
INSPIRE / INSPIRATION
INTERPRET
INSTITUTE OF RELIGION
INSTRUCTIONS
INTELLIGENCE
Note without the “hand wiggle” the sign means “smart”
INTERPRET / INTERPRETATION
INVOCATION
This image below is signed as “open” and “prayer”
IRON ROD
Note “Iron” is also the same sign as “metal”
ISAIAH

Move the right "I" hand palm facing left, from
in front of the chest forward in an arc under
the down turned left open hand, held in front
of the chest. Both open flat hands with palms
facing each other move from shoulders to
hips.
Hint: Same sign as for Prophet but with the
"I" initialization.
ISRAEL
JEHOVAH
JERUSALEM
The image below is signed as “J” and “city”
JESUS CHRIST
JEW or JEWISH
JOIN (BELONG)
OR
JUDAISM

Sign “jewish” and then “Belief” or “Believe”
JUDGE / JUSTICE / JUDGEMENT
KEYS
KILL

Left flat hands palm facing down sideways
and use right hand with forefinger pointed,
slit across the left palm.
KINDNESS
KING
KINGDOM (HEAVENLY)
KINGDOM (EARTHLY)
KNEEL

Sign “stand” and then bend your joint of fore
and middle finger down of your left palm.
Like a person kneeling down on his knees.
LANGUAGE (TONGUE)

Sign both hands with “L”s and start together
in front of you and scribble across hands
going away from each other.
LAMANITE
LATTER DAY SAINT
LAW
LECTURE (GIVE LESSON)
LIE
LIFE
LIGHT
LIGHT-MINDEDNESS
LIGHT OF CHRIST
LIVE
LORD
LOVE
MAGNIFY
MANIFEST
MANAGE (RULE)
MANNA


Both index fingers alternately flick down in
front of face. The fingertips of the left hand
are drawn down over the back of the right
hand several times.
sign feast, sky, sprinkle around top to down,
jewish and then open mouth to feast.
MARRIAGE
MARTYR
MARY
Similar to “virgin” as the image below, but with the letter “M”.
MEETING
MELCHIZEDEK
This image below is signed as “Melchizedek” and “Priesthood”
MEMBER
MERCY
MESSAGE
MESSIAH
MILLENNIUM
MIRACLE
MISSION
MISSIONARY
MOCK
MODESTY
This image below shows “proper” and then “clothing”
MORAL
MORMON
MORTALITY
The image below is signed as “Earth” and “Life”
MOSES

The right thumb and index finger begin on
the right forehead and moves out and away
ending with the thumb and index finger
touching.
MOURN
MULTITUDE
MURMUR
Note that this sign is the same as “complain”
MUSIC (HYMN)
NAZARETH
NEPHITE
NEW TESTAMENT
OR
NONMEMBER
The image below shows “not” and “member”
OATH
OBEY / OBEDIENCE
"Obey"
Obey God
OBLIGATION
OFFERING

SUGGEST / OFFER / RECOMMEND:
The palm-up flat hands move in an arc forward and up and then down a bit.
Think of "laying an offer on the table point to God”
OLD TESTAMENT
ONLY BEGOTTEN SON
The image below signed as “Only” “Birth” and “Son”
OPPRESSION
ORDAIN
ORDINANCES
ORGANIZATION
PARABLE
PARADISE
Signs would be “Beautiful” and “Place”
Sign for “place”. Use both of
your hands with the letter “P”
and then start from front of you
touching the middle finger
together. Move out in a circular
motion to back the same
finger. Close enough to almost
touch your chest.
PARDON
PARTAKE
PARTICIPATE
PATIENT (ENDURE)

Put your thumbnail on your chin and drag it downward about 2 inches.
PATRIARCH
PAUL

Fingerspell his name.
PEACE

Both flat hands starting on the top touching
your chin. As you move down, they sign as
“become” and then to “calm”. Rotate back
and forth from chin down until you “touch
table” your hands flat.
PEARL OF GREAT PRICE
PEDIGREE
PERSECUTE
PETER

Fingerspell his name P E T E R

If conversations starts with “Peter, James
and John” Sign with letters “P”, “J” and “J”
Common signs in the temple.
PHYSICAL

Similar to “Live” but with the letter “P”
PLAN
POEM
PONDER
PORNOGRAPHY

Sign as “Dirty” and “Picture”
PREACH
PRE-EARTH
The image below shows “Before” and “Earth”
PREMORTAL EXISTENCE
The image below shows “Before” “Earth” and “Life”
PREPARE
Similar to “Plan”, but this one is not slide across, it’s up and down.
PRESIDE
This image is similar to “Lead”
PRIDE / PROUND
PRIEST
PRIESTHOOD
PRIESTHOOD EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE
PRIMARY
PRINCIPLE(S)
PRISON
:
PROCRASTINATE
Note that this sign is also “Delay”
PROMISE
PROOF

Use both flat hands. Slap your right hand
with its palm facing down against the left flat
hand. Similar sign to “Facts”
PROPHECY
PROPHET
PUNISH
PURE

Same as “Clean” but starts on top of left
hand down and then back again.
QUORUM
RAIMENT
REBEL (DISOBEY)
RECOMMEND (TEMPLE)
RECOMMEND (SUGGEST)
REDEEM
REDEEMER
REFUSE
REJECT
RELIEF SOCIETY
Fingerspell “R” and “S”
RELIGION
REMEMBER
REMISSION

It is similar to “Abortion”
REPENT
The image on the
left is “change” but
sign with the letter
“R”
OR
REPLENISH
RESEARCH
RESIST
RESPECT
Similar to the image “Honor” below, but with the letter “R”
RESPONSIBLE (OBLIGATION)
RESURRECTION
RESTORATION
REVELATION
REVERENT / REVERENCE
RIGHTEOUS
Do this sign twice
ROME

Pretend you have a helmet they wore at their
time. Use your right hand with the letter “R”
and slide across your nose from up to down.
SABBATH / SUNDAY
SACRAMENT
SACRED
SACRED GROVE
The image below is shown as “Sacred” and “Forest/Grove”
SACRIFICE

Use fist on both hands. Slide from your
bosom and out. Like you are “giving-up” by
flipping up your hands almost.
OR
SAD
SAINT
SALVATION
SANCTIFY
The image below shown as “Make” and “Clean”
SATAN

Image this Satan has horns on his head. Go
to that head and use Three fingers: Thumb,
Forefinger and Middlefinger. Crook up your
fingers up and down outside of the head.
SAVIOR
This image below is shown as “Save” and “Person”
SCHOOL
SCRIPTURES
SEALING
SECOND

Sign “Two” and switch
SEMINARY
SERPENT
SERVANT
This image below is shown as “Serve” and “Person”
SERVE / SERVICE
SEVENTY
SHED (BLOOD)
SHEEP
SHEPHERD
These images are shown as “Sheep” and “Person”
SHOW (REVEAL) / SIGNS
SIMILITUDE
SIN
SISTER
SON
SON OF PERDITION
SONG
SORRY
SOUL
SPEAK / TALK
SPIRIT
SPIRIT PRISON
STAKE
STAR
STEWARDSHIP
SUBDUE
SUBMIT
SUFFER
SUGGEST (OFFER)
SUPREME
SWEARING
SYMBOL
TEACH
TELESTIAL
TEMPLE
TEMPTATION
TERRESTRIAL
TESTIFY / TESTIMONY
THANKFULNESS
THANKS
THEE (THOU)
THY
TITHING
TONGUES
TRANSGRESSION
TRANSLATE
TRIALS
TRUST
TRUTH
UNITY
UNIVERSE
VERILY
VERSE
VIRGIN
VISION
VISITING
WAR
WARD
WILL (WANT)
WISDOM
WISE
WISH
WITNESS
WONDERFUL
WORD
WORLD
WORSHIP
WORTHY
WRONG
ZION
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