LDS Events Calendar

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

June 3
Steven McGinty
Steven’s education in art ranges from studies at the University of Utah to travels in Russia, Paris and England. While in Russia, he gained a wealth of knowledge from Russian artists and from frequenting museums and art academies. Steve admires the spontaneity and light of the Impressionists and the rich values of the Old Masters. He saw many of these works first hand in Russia and Paris, and has combined the strengths of these two schools to create his own style. Using an extremely limited palette, he acquires amazing color harmony in each painting. He is President of Plein Air Painters of Utah.

June 10
Jennifer Thompson
A native of Las Vegas, Jennifer Polley Thompson received her BA in art from BYU. After many years and five children, she decided it was time to go back to the studio. Her vivid still lifes and florals are painted directly from the flowers she cultivates in her garden. Though she views herself a little “old fashioned” in her focus on florals, others view her work as fresh and bold. 
June 17
Scott Sumner

Scott has a background in art and illustration, and has been a professional photographer for the past nine years. He has been a guest artist at BYU Education Week and had a piece of his work exhibited in the Seventh International Art Competition. He has received several awards for his work depicting the Savior, Jesus Christ, from the Intermountain Professional Photographers Association of Utah (IPPA). He is a founding board member of the Inspirational Art Association and currently serves as President of their Board of Directors. Scott has several stunning photos in the newly-released Jeffry R. Holland quote book Created for Greater Things.

“Messiah in America” Oratorio
June 3 at 7:30 p.m.: Temple Square Tabernacle, SLC, UT
Temple Square Performances will present "Messiah in America," an oratorio depicting Christ's visit to the American continent. Tickets are required; for free tickets call 801-570-0080 or visit

Joseph Smith Memorial Building Celebrates 100 Years
June 9, 2011: Joseph Smith Memorial Building, SLC, UT
A number of events are being planned for the building’s centennial celebrations in June, but are yet to be announced.

Women of Conviction Lecture Series: The 20th Century Adventures of Centenarian Lorna Call Alder
June 9 at 7 p.m.: Main floor auditorium, Church Office Building, SLC, UT
The lecture will be given by Barbara Jones Brown. Born in 1906, Lorna Call Alder grew up on a farm in the Mexican colonies. She remembers being visited by Mexican rebels, having General John J. Pershing for Thanksgiving dinner, and having to take over the raising of her 12 brothers and sisters. She spent over 30 years as a professor in BYU’s education department, and she still keeps as active as possible today.

June 2011 East Coast Tour for Mormon Tabernacle Choir
June 20-27: Various locations
Every two years the choir tours a section of North America with performances that pack concert venues with those anxious to see “America’s choir” perform live. This year the choir will open the tour in Norfolk, Virginia, and travel through Vienna, Virginia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Chautauqua, New York; and Toronto, Canada. More information about the tour and tickets may be found online at and on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Facebook page.

El Salvador Temple Open House
July 1 – 23, 2011
The First Presidency of the Church invites members as well as the general public to tour the San Salvador El Salvador Temple during its open house.

Free Garden Tours of Temple Square and Church Headquarters
Monday – Friday at 10 a.m.: Door 15 of the Conference Center, SLC, UT
Monday – Friday at noon: Church Office Building Plaza, SLC, UT
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.: Church Office Building Plaza, SLC, UT
Sundays at 10:30 a.m.: East gate of Temple Square, SLC, UT

Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center

Parenting Fireside: Richard & Linda Eyre
5 Spiritual Solutions to Everyday Family & Parenting Challenges
Saturday, June 4, 7 p.m.
Richard and Linda Eyre are among the worlds most popular and highly sought after experts on the subject of family relations. For nearly twenty years, Richard and Linda have traveled the globe giving lectures, speeches and other presentations on the subjects of parenting, life-balance, and family-strengthening. They also are authors of several best-selling books on these critical topics. Wherever they speak they are true to their mission statement of “validating values, bolstering balance, and popularizing parenting.”
Mormon Orchestra Children & Family Concert
Sunday, June 5, 6 & 7 p.m.
The Mormon Orchestra of Washington, D.C. will present a delightful concert entitled  “All Creatures of our God and King” specifically designed for children and their parents.  This concert will teach children about the animals God has created. It will feature a Suite from the Carnival of the Animals, The Bear, a strings arrangement of Elgar’s Salut d Amour and a beautiful brass arrangement of All Creatures of our God and King  as well as other works.
The Mormon Choir: Summer Pops Concert
Sunday, June 12, 7 p.m.     
The Mormon Choir will present “Variety”, a summer pops concert featuring music from four different genres: patriotic songs, stage numbers, religious music, and popular tunes.  Selections will include The Battle Hymn of the Republic;  medley from Les Miserables; You’ll Never Walk Alone; For the Beauty of the Earth; The King of Love My Shepherd is; Summertime; Edelweiss  and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. Guest performers include Sandra Turley, her daughter, Ava and noted trombonist Richard Orr.  

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