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

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!”

July 15
J. Kirk Richards

Richards is becoming increasingly known for his accomplishments as a painter of Judeo-Christian themes. While not all of his paintings are overtly religious, the majority of his themes stem from spiritual ideas and narratives. He continues to work in a surprising variety of styles, but most of his paintings exhibit a love for the human figure, general use of symbolism and metaphor, and an emphasis on lyric composition. Richards' work can be found in the LDS Church Museum of History & Art and the Springville Museum of Art, among others. 

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 Nauvoo Pageant website 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, 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, 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.

Why I Believe Fireside: Josh & Sandra Turley
Sunday, July 17, 7 p.m.
Josh & Sandra Turley are both graduates of BYU. Josh also earned an MBA from New York University, served a mission to Tampico, Mexico and served as Bishop of a Spanish Ward in upper Manhattan - he loves the Hispanic language, culture & food. He has worked for Warner Brothers, New Line Cinema and is currently employed by Discovery Communications. Sandra is a Music, Dance & Theater major. She performed the role of Cosette in Les Miserable on Broadway and in Shanghai, China. She has performed in numerous productions and has appeared on many television shows. Sandra enjoys singing, motivational speaking, and teaching master classes across the country.  The Turleys have served in many Church leadership positions and are the parents of three children. 
Pioneer Day Celebration
Saturday, July 23, 7 p.m.
Celebrate Pioneer Days at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center. This evening is sure to delight the entire family.  Join us for an exciting family pioneer program featuring authentic pioneer stories, music, singing and dancing performed by children, youth and adults.  Enjoy music of the Nauvoo Band and learn more about this historic era that played such an important part in our heritage.
Pioneer Heritage Fireside: Former Senator Bennett
Sunday, July 24, 7 p.m.
Former U.S. Senator Robert F. Bennett is the Chief Executive Officer of a major D.C. based consulting firm, and a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with a rich pioneer heritage.  He will speak on the need to remember the sacrifices of ancestors by living honorably, serving others and being actively involved in the political process.
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