LDS Events Calendar

by | Sep. 28, 2011

LDS Life

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

September 30 and October 1
Welcoming multiple fine artists for Friday and Saturday of General Conference weekend!

September 30
Michael Bedard 
Michael Bedard spends his time in Nauvoo and in Saint George, Utah.  These are perfect locations to paint the restoration of the gospel  because of their rich church history, cradled in the faith, toil and sacrifices of the early saints.

“ I have a passion for light and authenticity of a subject. Before I take on a new painting I do extensive research to create a good foundation. Each time I aim for a masterpiece.”

Howard Lyon
Howard Lyon was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, where he now resides with his wife and three children.

Over the past 15 years he has worked in the video game industry as an Art Director, concept artist and freelance illustrator.  For much of his career he has painted dragons and trolls or scenes from science fiction.  He has studied art in Italy, France, and most recently at the Grand Central Academy in New York.  He has combined these experiences to expand his subject matter to create inspirational pieces in the style of some of his favorite old masters: William Bouguereau, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and John William Waterhouse.

Ladies Night: October 1
Julie Rogers
Julie Rogers known for her vibrant colors and impressionistic style, masterfully executes pastels, watercolors and oil paintings. Julie has painted over 85 images of pioneers. “I love to record the simple things people do each day and capture the emotion of the moment. I only pray that as an artist, I may stir the heart of the viewer to a heightened sense of peace and joy.”

Jolene Allphine
Author Jolene Allphin researched  pioneer stories while encouraging Julie to paint them. Tell My Story, Too by Jolene S. Allphin, is a collection of 258 biographical sketches of pioneers and rescuers of the Willie, Martin, Hodgett and Hunt Companies of 1856.  

October 7
Robert Boyd
Award winning photographer Robert A. Boyd opened his photography studio in 1995. He soon found himself photographing clients all around the world. Having already won numerous other awards including the coveted Kodak Gallery Award, Fuji Masterpiece Awards, and many more, Robert received the 2004 Gold Level Photographer of the Year Award from the Professional Photographers of America.  Having reached the top in portrait photography Robert stopped competing and turned his focus to his real love of Fine Art photography.

Robert is also renown for his knowledge and expertise in giclee printing and is a sought after consultant for other artists. Currently, Robert is focused on expanding his portfolio and spending time with his wife Eleah and their 5 children. While on site for Lunch and Learn, Bob will share his stunning Temple images. His prints can range from a 5 x 5 inch framed giclee to a 10 foot mural!

October 14
Ken Harris
Born and raised in southern New Mexico, Ken Harris received a BFA degree in Graphic Design from Brigham Young University and a Master of Arts degree from Western Oregon University. Ken was an artist at American Greeting’s World Headquarters in Cleveland Ohio for 12 years. He owns and operates a decorative painting business specializing in murals and specialty interior finishes. This work feeds his family but his love for plein air painting feeds his soul. Ken lives in the St. George area with his lovely wife Jan.

“I began painting from life after we moved to Southern Utah in the fall of 2006," he says. "I have reconnected with my life long love of the west. I am striving to capture the 'feel ' of the cliffs and mesas with a painterly realism, and am continually pursuing the spiritual nature of the beauty of this land.”

Treasures of the Collection Open House: Artifacts from the Early Relief Society
Friday, September 30 from 12-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 1 from 12-2:00 p.m. and 4-9:00 p.m.
Church History Library, Salt Lake City, UT

The Treasures of the Collection Open House will feature historical documents and artifacts from the early Relief Society. Come enjoy a rare and unique display of historical items from the archives of the Church History Library.  View seldom seen historic books, photographs, manuscripts, journals, and minutes relating to the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Admission is free, and no tickets are needed. Call 801-240-5696 for more information.

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

Sunday, Oct. 9, 7:00 PM
Lyons Sisters Violin & Piano Concert
Award-winning musicians Jessica and Katelyn Lyons are among the nation’s most talented young performers. Jessica (age 16) and Katelyn (age 14) play both violin and piano. Their performance credentials include venues in some of the world’s great music centers, including New York, Philadelphia, France, and Russia. Jessica studies with Victor Danchenko and Katelyn studies with Elisabeth Adkins. They currently play in the prestigious American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Youth Fellowship Quintet.
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7:30 PM
Spanish Night of Music & Inspiration
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 “Nearer My God to Thee”, under the direction of Sister Marcy.

Second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
Main floor auditorium of the Church Office Building at 50 East North Temple Street

Ventura Regional Single Adult Conference
Theme: "We Are That We Might Have Joy"

Thursday-Sunday, October 20-23, 2011

Thousand Oaks Stake Center
1600 Erbes Road

Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Join singles from all over Southern California and beyond for our annual conference!  Join us to be inspired, informed, serve AND just plain have fun!  
Our conference agenda includes a temple visit, workshops, dances, and more. Keynote speaker is Robert L. Millet, and Spanish lanugage translation will be available for most segments, in addition to Spanish language presenters. 
For more details, check out the website:


Saturday, Oct. 29, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Orem, Utah
Orem High School

This one day conference will feature prominent speakers that will educate and, of
course, upLIFT. Liz Edmunds (star of the popular TV show, The Food Nanny) will be the
hostess. Other speakers include  Dr. John Lund, Hank Smith, Meg Johnson,
Sheldon Martin, Kathy Jenkins, Kim Nelson and Amy Hansen.
Tickets are: $19.99 (early bird registration) and $29.99 after Oct. 20th or
at the door. All participants will receive a tote bag and chocolates with

To register, visit:

Prairie Pioneer Legacy: A Family History Conference
October 29, 9 AM – 4 PM

Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters, 3215 State Street, Omaha, NE

Sponsored by the Historic Pioneer Research Group, Inc.

The focus of this event is genealogical research for those pioneers who lived in the area of Winter Quarters, NE, and surrounding Iowa settlements in 1846 – 1853. Presenters will include Susan Easton Black and William Hartley, noted Church history researchers.

For more information contact Carl Scott, CEO of HPRG, Inc at

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