LDS Events Calendar

by | Oct. 19, 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

October 21
Mary Summerhays
Mary Summerhays says of her life and art: “Although I grew up right outside of Chicago Illinois, the desert has always been my home. As a teenager I studied Utah’s great Impressionist tradition  with Lorrand Folland. For years we copied the Utah Art pioneers, James Taylor Harwood, Lorus Pratt, Avard Fairbanks and especially Leconte Stewart. 

"More recently I have studied with J. Kirk Richards, Robert Barrett, Justin Taylor, and Greg Newbold. I have had the fun of illustrating for BYU TV and for the Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith Family foundation and Joseph F. Smith Family Outreach Committee. Although my watercolors have achieved a lot of acclaim for their unique impressionistic beauty, my heart aches to express the metaphor of life. In particular I work to portray our common human need for relationships - be it symbolic and allegorical painting, or simply in the face of a child, each is my personal argument for, and celebration of, an apotheotic humanistic interdependence.”

October 28
Sandra Rast (mother) and Elizabeth Stanley (daughter)
Sandra Rast has always excelled in her education in art through grade school on, which  made her decision to major in fine art at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University easy. In each Painting there is a deep feeling of intimacy of her beliefs and emotions which she portrays through color & composition.

Elizabeth Rast Stanley is a lifelong artist. Growing up in a family filled with artists, art has been a strong influence throughout her life. The love of painting has taken her abroad to study in Europe at the University of Neuchatel Switzerland. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting and drawing. She has been a graphic designer and has experience in many other mediums, but has found oil painting to be her love. As a mother Elizabeth has found that her artwork has been enriched by those experiences that motherhood has offered to her.

November 4
Brian Kershisnik
"Humor is healthy. God laughs. I believe that. To avoid a good, human, affectionate sense of humor in art that is depicting human beings is nonsense."

Allowing for inspiration in the form of a peculiar hunch, Brian Kershisnik welcomes the influence of children, artistic greats and cave paintings in his oil on paper and panel works. Purposely avoiding following one rigid technique, Kershisnik allows for experimentation and inspiration to guide his open-ended images. He contends that the purpose of his art is to facilitate the understanding of what it means to be human - the awkward discoveries, happy encounters, deep sorrows and immense joys.

David Archuleta Signings for “Glad Christmas Tidings”

David Archuleta will be making appearances at several Deseret Book stores throughout the holiday season to sign copies of “Glad Christmas Tidings,” the CD version of last year’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert. Check for appearances in your area!

Monday, November 21  
University Village Deseret Book
Tuesday, November 22
Fort Union Deseret Book
Friday, November 25
Deseret Book Downtown Flagship (After the events of “Lights on at Temple Square.”)

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

Saturday, Oct. 22, 5:00 PM* & 7:00 PM*
Hispanic Heritage Celebration
This spectacular cultural celebration has become a treasured tradition at the Visitors’ Center. The program will include professional entertainers, musicians and dance troops representing cultures of Latin American nations.  All ages will enjoy the colorful costumes and lively performances.

Sunday, Oct. 23, 7:00 PM
Hispanic Fireside: Elder José L. Alonso
Elder José Luis Alonso, of the First Quorum of the Seventy, joined the Church in 1974 as a young man. He has served in numerous callings, including a full-time mission in the Mexico Hermosillo Mission, as a bishop, stake president, president of the Mexico Tijuana Mission, and Area Seventy.  He has worked as a physician and surgeon and also as an institute director for the Church Educational System. Elder Alonso and his wife Rebeca are the parents of two children and reside in Mexico City.

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

Alex Boye: Light of Hope Celebration in Mesa, Arizona

November 4, 2011
6:00 p.m.: Reception and Silent Auction
7:30 p.m.: Concert with Alex and guest artists Clyde Bawden, Firefly and Freddie Ashby
At the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

It will be an unforgettable evening with Alex Boye and friends at the Light of Hope Celebration in Mesa, AZ, Nov. 4. The concert is to benefit One Life at a Time, a nonprofit organization that brings the hope of a bright future to young adults in poverty-stricken areas of Central America and other third-world countries through specialized vocational and college preparatory education, job placement, and humanitarian aid.  

Visit for tickets and more information about OLAAT.

Southern Utah Heritage Choir Veterans Day Fireside

Sunday, November 13th
St. George Tabernacle
Heritage Choir soloists and ensembles pay tribute to our brave and honored veterans.

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