LDS Events Calendar

by | Aug. 15, 2012

LDS Life

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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  

August 17
Ken Packer 
Ken is a designer and a bronze sculptor. He studied art at Cambridge High, Boston College and Brigham Young University, graduating in 1974 with a BA in Design and Sculpture. His bronze sculptures fall into three categories: western, wildlife and historical. He has been greatly influenced by his father, Boyd K. Packer, as well as Lance Turner, and by U. Grant Speed. He has been the designer at the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum on the BYU Campus since 1983.

August 24
Jay Bryant Ward
At a young age, Jay’s illustration work gained him an Honored Student Award for his entrepreneurial efforts and three national art awards for his paintings and illustrations all before leaving High School. Ward attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University graduating with a BFA emphasis in illustration. Ward has also been fortunate to receive instruction from the world-renowned painter, Richard Schmid.

August 31
Ruth Hewlett Buckmiller

Ruth studied under many professional artists and received awards for painting both in watercolor and oil painting. She also studied at BYU and received a BA in Fine Arts and an Associate Degree in Graphic Arts at SLCC. She has worked and painted with Linda Curly Christensen on the LDS Temple murals, 10 to date, including Draper Utah and Oqhirrh Mountain Temples. Of art, she says, "For as long as I can remember I have made art. Most good art has at its base an abstract structure of shape and value.  I look for that and sometimes I like to stop painting just at that basic under structure of shape and value. Other times I try to make a conceptual version of shape and color and leave it for individual interpretation. It is like hearing and developing a symphony."

Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center Events

EXHIBIT—“We Follow Jesus Christ”
Mon., May 14- August 31, Daily
An exhibit that answers questions about Mormon doctrine and beliefs.

Sunday, August 19, 7:00 p.m. 
“Why I Believe” Fireside: President Matthew and Sister Dawna Riggs
President Riggs, newly called President of the Washington DC South Mission, and his wife will speak. (Note: Last week LDS Living mistakenly identified this fireside devotional as happening August 14, but that was a musical fireside.)

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.

Saints and Sinners Half Marathon
October 27, 2012
Just outside Las Vegas, Nevada

Church members in the Las Vegas area are organizing the first annual LDS Saints and Sinners Half Marathon to take place this October and would love it if you would add it to your event calendar. They are doing this with the purpose of bringing LDS runners together for a fun weekend activity. The event is a complete volunteer-run event so that the proceeds can benefit missionaries. Learn more at

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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