LDS Events Calendar

by | Apr. 25, 2012

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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   

April 27
Howard Lyon

Howard was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, to supportive  parents, who even when he was very young, made sure he had the materials and education to hone his talent. Howard and his wife, Shari, are raising their three children in Mesa.

Howard's work can be found in products from Dungeons and Dragons books, World of Warcraft cards, Magic the Gathering, Orson Scott Card’s Inter Galactic Medicine Show and Star Wars. He has studied art in Italy, France, and most recently at the Grand Central Academy in New York.  Howard 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.

May 4
Sarah Richards Samuelson
AKA: The Tulip Lady! "I believe that flowers exist to beautify our world and bring us joy," says Sarah. "The beauty of a flower is so amazing, yet so fleeting. My paintings are the way that I share the joy I feel from the beauty around me."

INSIGHT INTO MY LOVE OF RED TULIPS: After the tulips bloom, the other flowers, plants and trees begin to don their colors. They take their cue from the awakening tulips. Tulips are a sign of spring; they are a sign of rebirth. Their splendor begins the new season and encourages the rest of nature to join the celebration. Tulips are the beginning, the hope of things to come, and the reassurance there is indeed a God who loves us and provides for all our needs, leaving us uplifted and edified. 

May 11
Two Talented Artists: Scott Sumner & Sandra Rast
Scott has a background in art and illustration.  He has been a professional photographer, for the past nine years with clients all over the United States. Scott currently has a piece exhibited at the Museum of Church History and Art as a participant in the Ninth International Art Competition. He has received several awards for his work depicting the Savior, Jesus Christ, from the Intermountain Professional Photographers Association of Utah (IPPA). He is a founding board member of the Inspirational Art Association and currently serves as President of their Board of Directors. Scott has several stunning photos in the Jeffry R. Holland quote book: “Created for Greater Things.”

For Sandra, the love of art and the passion for painting and drawing have been a great influence and factor in her personality and life. Her upbringing, a grandfather nicknamed Johnny Appleseed, teachings of pioneer descendants a homemade green house, pet chickens, lambs, the love of family, the love of being a mother, and the appreciation of the earth's beauty are all embedded in emotions of the subject matter she chooses to paint. She majored in fine art at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. Each of her paintings show a deep feeling of intimacy of her beliefs and emotions which she portrays through color & composition. 

Washington DC Temple Visitors Center Events

Now through April 30 (Daily--10:00 AM to 9:00 PM)
Textiles Exhibit: "Family Ties" 
A juried exhibit of handmade quilts, embroidery, weaving, needlepoint, and counted cross stitch.

Saturday, April 28 7:00 PM
"Artist, Interrupted"
Their name describes them perfectly. These are extremely creative women who temporarily suspended their lives as entertainers and artists to become business people, wives and mothers. They have come together to once again share their talents.

Sunday, April 29, 7:00 PM
Northern VA Institute Choir
The talented NOVA Institute Choir returns by popular demand. Their 2012 Spring Concert, entitled Saints Bound for Heaven: an Experience of Faith, will feature traditional and popular Gospel and Spiritual music.

Sugar Hill LDS Choir
7th Annual "America, Home Sweet Home" Concert
April 28-29, 7 p.m.
Suwanee, Georgia

The 50-voice Sugar Hill LDS Choir of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be joined by the 55-member Gwinnett Community Band for their seventh annual FREE, two-day community concert themed “America, Home Sweet Home.” In addition to paying tribute to the armed forces, the evening will include a variety of musical favorites from Broadway to patriotic to folk songs. No tickets needed. For additional information, call 404.375.7882, or visit or

Men and Women of Faith lecture—“Joseph Smith, Man of Faith”
Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City, Utah (Church Office Building Auditorium)
Lecture presenter Ronald O. Barney recounts how Joseph Smith’s life called for physical and emotional courage, native resourcefulness, and an ability to continually adapt. He remained down to earth while having access to the heavens. Through a lifetime of constant verbal and physical harassment, the Prophet’s immense love and compassion for others allowed him to stay constant in his efforts to preach and reestablish the Lord’s gospel. For more information, visit or call 801-240-2745.

9th Church International Art Competition
Church History Museum; 45 West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Now-October 14, 2012
weekdays 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Church History Museum sponsors a worldwide art competition for Latter-day Saint artists every three years. This year’s exhibition features over 200 works selected from 1,155 entries, representing a worldwide range of media, styles, and cultural traditions. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 1-801-240-3310.

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

First Annual Church International Art Competition for Youth
Now-June 1

For several years The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has held a general International Art Competition. This year, the Church invites youth in particular to submit their work to the first-ever competition for youth. The winning pieces will be on display between November 16, 2012, until June 17, 2013. The first round of entries should be submitted electronically and adhere to the rules and requirements. Click here for more info.

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