LDS Events Calendar

by | Apr. 06, 2011

Lunch and Learn Series with Deseret Book Artists and Authors  
Every Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Downtown Deseret Book Store, SLC, Utah
April 8
Brad Teare

Teare built a successful career illustrating for publishers such as The New York Times and Random House. In 1994 his aspiration of portraying the landscape in woodcut and oils reasserted itself and he moved to Providence, Utah where he shares a studio with his wife, trompe l’oeil painter Debra Teare. The woodcut Allegory of the Olive Trees was purchased by the Church Museum of Art during the 7th International Church Art competition. This limited edition print is currently available for purchase at the Deseret Book Fine Art Gallery in SLC. Teare will be demonstrating his technique in woodcut.

April 15
Robert T. Barrett
In addition to being an accomplished painter, muralist, and illustrator, Robert Barrett is also a professor in the Department of Visual Arts at BYU. He has exhibited his work in many art shows including those at the Society of Illustrators in New York. He studied painting in Europe and has illustrated “The Story of the Walnut Tree,” “The Nauvoo Temple Stone,” and “Silent Night, Holy Night.” His “Portraits of the Prophets” series are on permanent display on the BYU campus and various other paintings hang in LDS Temples and Visitors Centers throughout the world.

April 22
Robert A. Boyd

Award-winning photographic artist Boyd opened his photography studio in 1995. Instantly a success, demand for his photography grew and he soon found himself photographing clients all around the world. In 2004 he received from the Professional Photographers of America the Gold Level Photographer of the Year Award, having already won numerous other awards. Currently, Robert is focused on expanding his portfolio and spending time with his wife Eleah and their five children. While on site for Lunch and Learn, Bob will share his stunning Temple images.

April 29
Virgil Oertle
Oertle’s father was a chainsaw woodcarver, and at age 13, he took it up as well. “In college, I took a sculpture class and that small seed planted with a chainsaw finally sprouted and grew…. I am beginning to grasp what art is truly capable of and my love and study of the human figure will remain as long as there is breath in me.... As I have studied the human form, the one constant for me and the most amazing are its undulating rhythms. Here the Creator’s harmonizing hand is most apparent, and the body communicates in a truly beautiful curve and counter curve language.” Virgil will sculpt on site during his Lunch and Learn appearance.

Quilting: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow event
April 7 from 6:30—8:30 p.m.: Church History Museum, SLC, UT
Several expert quilters will set up demonstration tables and informally interact with museum guests as they share information they have gleaned from years of creating beautiful quilts. Museum guests can ask questions, learn new techniques, and receive advice from quilters. Author Carol Nielson and quilt researcher Suzanne Hudson will also be sharing information about two important historical quilts. Light refreshments will be served.

“Lamb of God” by Spire Chorus and Orchestra
April 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Tabernacle, Temple Square, UT
“Lamb of God” is a sacred work composed and conducted by Rob Gardner for choir, orchestra, and soloists. Beginning with the story of the raising of Lazarus, the choir, narrators, and soloists representing those who knew and loved Jesus – Martha, Mary, Peter, John, Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and others – bring to life the events of those sacred days and hours. Tickets are required and can be obtained over the Internet or by calling 801-570-0080 (locally) or toll-free 1-866-537-8457 (1-866-LDS-TIKS). There is a limit of four (4) tickets per person.

Atlanta Georgia Temple Open House
April 9 – 23: Atlanta, Georgia
The general public is invited to tour the Atlanta Georgia Temple from Saturday, April 9, through Saturday, April 23, 2011, excluding Sundays and Monday evenings. The temple has been closed for nearly two years for a complete remodel of the interior, renovation of the exterior, and re-landscaping of the grounds.

Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant
April 13 – 23: Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors’ Center in Mesa, Arizona
The Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant, Jesus the Christ, is known for being one of the largest annual outdoor Easter pageants in the world. Performances begin at 8 p.m.

Lecture: Emmeline B. Wells
April 14 at 7 p.m.: Main Floor Auditorium, Church Office Building, SLC, UT
Sponsored by the Church History Library, this lecture features Emmeline B. Wells, an advocate for women’s rights, who focused her energy on helping women improve their lives. She represented Utah women for many years in several national women’s associations and worked in the Relief Society organization for over three decades.

The Temple Square Chorale's Easter Concert
April 22 & 23: Tabernacle, SLC, UT
Featured on the program is the "Faure Requiem," a late nineteenth-century composition that is an ideal contemplation for Easter as we celebrate Christ's love for us and the triumph of life over death. Also featured will be works of Beethoven, Walton, Gounod and Leinback. For tickets, visit or call 801-570-0080.

A Heritage Choir Easter Commemoration
April 22 at 7 p.m.: St. George Tabernacle, UT
The Southern Utah Heritage Choir presents their traditional sacred Easter musical tribute I am the Way the Truth and the Life. The public is invited to attend free of charge,  Conductor Floyd Rigby reflects on this annual Easter musical offering, “This concert is an opportunity to pause and reflect on all the blessings we enjoy due to the sacrifice of our Savior.  This entire concert embodies the Savior’s life and teachings, which also serve as the sacred mission of this choir.” For more info, call 435-656-3992, or email

Seek My Face: Recent Artwork on Scriptural Themes exhibit
Now – June 2011: The LDS Church History Museum, SLC, UT
The exhibit will feature twenty-nine American professional artists, all from various backgrounds, but sharing a common religious orientation. The painters and sculptors have expressed stories from the Bible and The Book of Mormon in new, original pictures.  These contemporary works share insight into subjects that depict the life and teachings of the Savior.

The Gospel Blesses My Life Exhibit
Now – July 4: Church History Museum, SLC, UT
Through art, children from forty-two countries share how knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed their lives. This artwork will also be featured in the “Our Creative Friends” section of the March 2011 issue of the Friend. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center

Sunday, 12 April, 7:30 PM
Spanish Night of Music & Inspiration

The missionaries of the Washington D.C. North Mission will share their talents and testimonies through musical numbers and inspirational thoughts. This evening's theme, "Walk with Me", under the direction of Sister Van Tassell, will strengthen members as well as investigators.
Saturday, 16 April, 7:00 PM
Mormon choir of Washington DC

The Mormon Choir of Washington DC will present an Easter concert with a masterful blend of sacred and spiritual music featuring outstanding choir soloists. The Choir is one of the DC area’s best known choral groups, having performed to standing room only audiences throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Under the direction of Principal Music Director Gary Clawson and Associate Director David Hardin, this concert is sure to enhance the spirit of the Easter season.
Sunday, 17 April, 7:00 PM
Why I Believe

This is a unique fireside devotional where those who were recently baptized are introduced and welcomed as some of the newest members of the church. Two keynote speakers address us and share why they believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The evening is one filled with testimonies which strengthen us all; no matter how long we’ve been a believer.
Saturday, 23 April, 7:00 PM
Northern Virginia/Washington DC Institute Choir

“For He is Might to Save” will be a wonderful highlight to the Easter season. This presentation of music and the spoken word will celebrate the Savior and His redeeming love and atoning sacrifice. The Northern Virginia/Washington DC Institute Choir, under the direction of Devin Toma and Michael Turnblom, consists of approximate 50 talented young adult vocalists and instrumentalists who have performed throughout the Washington metro area.

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