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 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.
June 24
Amy Richards
Art has always been a part of life for Amy Tolk Richards. As a child and teen, Amy spent her free time drawing and painting. Extensive travel has enabled her to view and appreciate great master works of art throughout Europe, China, and the Middle East—and yet the imagery she gravitates to over and over again is the simple beauty of the Tennessee landscape: pastures, rolling hills, and old wooden barns fill Amy's miniature oil paintings—reminders of the lush greenery and tender landscape of her formative years. Amy currently lives in Provo. She and her artist husband are the parents of four children who love to draw and paint. They divide their time between their city home in Provo and their studio retreat in the small town of Redmond, Utah.

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.

Evenings at the Museum: Whimsy and the Spirit: A lecture by artist James C. Christensen
June 17 at 7 p.m.: Church History Museum Auditorium, 45 North West Temple Street
James C. Christensen is a well-known contemporary Latter-day Saint artist. He is often called a fantasy artist because his most popular works include unique people, places, and things that exist somewhere between adult dreams and childhood memories. This lecture is free, but reservations are required: Call 1-800-240-4615.

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

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.  
Night of Music & Inspiration
Tuesday, June 14, 7:30 p.m.
Night of Music & Inspiration will be presented by the missionaries of the Washington D.C. North Mission. Through musical numbers and inspirational thoughts, the missionaries will share their talents and testimonies strengthening members as well as investigators. This evening's theme will be "And thou didst hear me”, under the direction of Sister Staley.
Why I Believe:  Elder Allan F. & Sister Terri Packer
Sunday, June 19, 7 p.m.
Elder Allan F. & Sister Terri Packer will be our keynote speakers. Both of the Packers graduated from BYU and have held numerous civic and church leadership positions. Elder Packer became a member of the First Quorum of Seventy in 2009. He has worked for several leading corporations, has been involved in local government and received one of the Boy Scouts of America’s highest volunteer service awards. The Packers are the parents of eight children and grandparents of twenty-two. 

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