LDS Events Calendar

by | May 09, 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   

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. 

May 18
Linda Curley Christensen

Linda born in Idaho, reared in Salt Lake City, Utah, started painting when her family was young.  She has received substantial attention in recent years being privileged to paint for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center, South Visitor’s Center of Temple Square, and temples throughout the world, as well as heading a mural team. Linda, a very prolific artist herself has found a new love in mentoring other artists. Recognition’s include the National Gertrude Folgeson Art Award, signature status in Oil Painters of America, and she was named one of Utah’s top 100 Artists. She recently won the championship round of the worlds first "Western Art Rodeo".

May 25
Jenny Elizabeth
Classically trained symbolist and figurative artist Jenny Elizabeth was raised in New England and the Western United States. In 2005 she attended the Carl Bloch Academy. She travels frequently throughout Europe studying art and art history. At present she owns Ava Fine Art Studio with Patrick Devonas, in which she paints full time and teaches privately.

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.

Washington DC Temple Visitors Center Events

Saturday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.
BYU-Hawaii D.C. Alumni Chapter
Talented alumni from BYU-Hawaii will perform native dances from the island nations of Fiji, Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti and Tonga. Dances of "The Islands" are some of the most expressive – and some of the most beautiful – in the world.  

Sunday, May 13, 7:00 PM
Lyons Sisters
Award-winning musicians Jessica (age 17) and Katelyn (age 14) Lyons, who are among the nation’s most gifted young performers, return to the Visitors’ Center main theater by popular demand. Expert performers on both piano and violin, they have performed at venues in some of the world’s great music centers, including New York, Philadelphia and Moscow. Jessica and Katelyn currently play in the prestigious American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Youth Fellowship Quintet.

This concert, which is free to the public, will delight and entertain any who love the music of the Masters or who appreciate young performers with remarkable musical aptitude.

"Seasons of Love" by Cantico: The Portland Chamber Singers
May 18: Portland, Oregon (The Old Church)

Join Cantico, a Portland choral group formed by two BYU alumni and a BYU-Idaho alum, as they perform a variety of styles, including works by Mozart, Copland, Duke Ellington and Dolly Parton. Concert is on Friday, May 18th at 8 pm at The Old Church. Visit to get tickets.

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.

Southern Utah Heritage Choir: A Musical Tribute to our Country
America, My Home
Our Quest for Freedom
Friday, June 8th
DSC Cox Auditorium

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

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