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 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.”  

July 8
Bradley Hales Clark
“I am a lucky man. I have been doing what I love—painting professionally—for 30 years. I was born and raised in the small town of Oakley, Idaho. I felt like I was moving to the City of Oz when I moved from Idaho to New York after art school. I graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1980 and married Cynthia Watts—a classmate—in the same weekend, moving immediately to begin our careers in NYC. In 2009, we decided it was time to return west and are now settled in beautiful downtown Salt Lake City. I developed a special love of painting plein-air landscapes over 15 years ago. I also successfully pursued a lifelong dream and am now a member of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir!”

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.

Portland Mormon Choir and Orchestra Concert
June 25, 7:30 p.m.:  Skyview High School, Vancouver, WA
The Portland Mormon Choir and Orchestra return for their final concert of the season with "America The Beautiful." This concert celebrates our freedom and liberty that comes only from living in America. They will honor and praise the brave men and women who faithfully serve and preserve our Nation. For more info, visit

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.

The Nauvoo Pageant
July 5-30: Mulholland Street and Main Street, Nauvoo, Illinois
Celebrate the restored gospel, the prophetic mission of Joseph Smith, and the legacy of early Latter-day Saints. Pageant performances begin at 8:30 p.m.
Historical vignettes will be performed by pageant actors in Old Nauvoo during the daytime throughout these weeks, and an 1840s-style country fair will be held at the pageant site at 7 p.m. before each performance. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary. For more information, please visit or call 217-453-2429.

Hill Cumorah Pageant
July 8-9 & 12-16: Palmyra, NY
The lights come on to illuminate an enormous 10-level stage complete with a state-of-the-art sound system, special effects, and a costumed cast of more than 650 tell the story of the Book of Mormon. Each performance begins at 9:15 p.m. Admission is free. Seating is provided for 8,000, and Spanish and ASL translations are available. For more information on the Hill Cumorah Pageant, see

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
Patriotic Fireside:  Gordon Smith
Sunday, July 3 at 7 p.m.
Gordon H. Smith is President & Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Broadcasters, the primary trade association for the nation’s radio and television broadcasters. He is s former two-term U.S. Senator from the state of Oregon, an attorney and lifelong student of Constitutional Law.  He and his wife, Sharon, are the parents of three children and reside in Bethesda, MD. Brother Smith will speak about how God guided the Constitution’s creation, how the Lord has established the United States as the seat of His church and gospel in the last days and about the patriotic duty of all Americans.

Spanish Night of Music & Inspiration
Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Spanish 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 "Preach My Gospel”, under the direction of Sister Gonzalez.

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