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 22
Scott Streadbeck
“My Uncle Steve was a sculptor, and I loved visiting the foundry to watch him work. My father was Steve’s art agent, and it became a family tradition to go along with them to art shows where I was fascinated to see the artists and the great variety of their work.

The bronze foundry itself has had a tremendous influence on me. My first glimpse of the glowing furnace and its overwhelming heat are still vivid in my mind. It was after my very first sculpture class that I knew I had discovered my future career. I went on to complete my BA in Visual Arts at Brigham Young University. Working as a freelance sculptor, I enjoy every day. I have nothing but excitement for the future.”

July 29
Douglas Fryer
Douglas received his BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Painting and Drawing at BYU. Douglas has taught fine art and illustration at several universities and art schools, including BYU, The University of Hartford, and at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Although he works mainly in oil, he enjoys working in a variety of mediums including watercolor, printmaking, and digital. His love of landscape stems from having lived in many beautiful areas of the country, including seven years in rural Vermont, and most recently in central Utah. He says, “I create images that become material records of places, things and people that have been significant to me. My pleasure is in sensing and conveying not only the outward appearances of things, but also the ineffable aspects that are not visual, but are equally important.”
August 5
Todd Knell
Thomas Todd Knell had an eye for art from a young age, and received a BA in Design from Brigham Young University in 1992. In addition to being an artist, he has worked at the BYU Bookstore for 13 years as the supervisor of picture framing and art prints. Influences for his artistic approach include an interest in architecture and the works of Renaissance masters, with emphasis on the fresco style. He generally uses a combination of watercolor and plaster in his pieces. To view additional works of art, visit his website at

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.

The Church's Pioneer Day Commemoration Concert
July 22: Conference Center, SLC, UT
While paying tribute to those pioneers who left their homes and families to settle the West, this year’s celebration will focus on men and women who have served in the military. Tickets are required. The concert will be broadcast via the Church satellite system, the Internet, and other media on on July 23, 2011, at 7 p.m. MDT.

BYU-Idaho Education Week
July 28-30, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
The conference will feature over 400 classes on a variety of topics, such as food storage, relationships, and religious doctrine. For more information and event schedules, visit

The 5 Browns & National Symphony Orchestra Performance
July 28, 8:15 p.m.: Wolf Trap Park, Washington, D.C.
The five siblings will collectively make their NSO debut. Emil de Cou conducts the program featuring Desirae, Deondra, Gregory, Melody, and Ryan Brown. Use code world STEINWAY to receive a 10% discount on most house seats.

The Clarkston Pageant: Martin Harris: The Man Who Knew
July 29–30 and August 2–6, 9–13: Clarkston, Utah
Every other year, including this year, the Clarkston Pageant recounts the life and testimony of Martin Harris, one of the Three Witnesses of the origin and authenticity of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It will once again take viewers back to Utah in the 1800s as they follow Martin Harris’s journey of trial and triumph as he bears witness of the truth of the Book of Mormon.

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
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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