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 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.

July 1
Jay Bryant Ward

Jay Bryan Ward grew up with a love for drawing and a very supportive family who encouraged his artistic pursuits. In high school, Ward’s illustrations work gained him an Honored Student Award for his entrepreneurial efforts, and three national art awards for his paintings and illustrations. He attended Ricks College and BYU, graduating with a BFA emphasis in illustration. He has been fortunate to receive instruction from the world-renowned painter, Richard Schmid. “This was a heightening experience for me,” Ward said. “As my years of study converged, I developed a clearer understanding of the artistic principles underlying great art, … and I discovered there, a way to bring my art to light.”

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
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. 
U.S. Army Trumpet Ensemble
Sunday, June 26, 7 p.m.
The U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own" has been the premier musical organization of the U.S. Army since 1922. The U.S. Army Trumpet Ensemble is an integral and indispensable part of "Pershing's Own" and has performed for heads of state and foreign dignitaries; at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, at the White House and the Pentagon, at parades, special reviews, including Presidential Inaugural festivities, State Funerals etc. This performance will include a mix of orchestral/classical tunes and sacred hymns. This elite group consists of eight professional musicians, many with advanced degrees in their field. 

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