LDS Events Calendar

by | Dec. 05, 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  

December 7
James Christensen

Combining keen observation with an endless supply of imagination has become the hallmark of James C. Christensen, one of the world’s most beloved artists. For more than thirty years, he has been translating the world around him into masterful and inventive art. Today, he will be at the Flagship Art Gallery signing his new book: Passage by Faith. Published by Deseret Book, this collection explores the spiritual elements of his work and unveils the visual metaphors, symbols, and “meaning behind the meanings” of some of his most popular fantasy pieces, as well as a few gems that have never been printed before. Beautifully designed with more than 60 images and comments from the artist this is a book that art-lovers of all ages will treasure. The artwork of James C. Christensen is prized in collections worldwide. He has won multiple awards from the World Science Fiction Convention and the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, as well as the UT Governor’s Medal for Fine Arts. 

December 14
Sandra Freckleton Gagon

A preeminent realist painter, Sandy's paintings and drawings demonstrate her virtuosity, a manifestation of unparalleled technical excellence, which result in great works of lasting beauty. Sandy’s unsurpassed knowledge of anatomy, color theory and design, facilitate her portrayal of the human condition – in all its complexities – with breathtaking elegance. Adept at all genres, her still life paintings excel at depicting her deep love of objects and how they are affected by light and shadow; they are metaphoric landscapes of symmetry and solemnity. Sandy’s husband is writer, Dave Gagon. They have three children.

Monday, December 17
J. Kirk Richards

J. Kirk Richards will be signing his newly released book, The Nativity. Published by Deseret Book, the 38 page book has 17 full page illustrations by Kirk.  Known for his accomplishments as a painter of Judeo-Christian themes, the majority of his themes stem from spiritual ideas and narratives. He continues to work in a surprising variety of styles, but most of his paintings exhibit a love for the human figure, general use of symbolism and metaphor, and an emphasis on lyric composition. Richards' work is mostly found in private collections across the country. 

Tuesday, December 18
Elizabeth Stanley

Elizabeth Stanley is a life long 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.

Pioneer Christmas: A Time for Celebration with the Pioneer Heritage Company

Church History Museum Auditorium (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Saturday, December 8, 1:00 & 4:00 pm

Pioneer Christmas: A Time for Celebration is an interactive audience-oriented experience featuring pioneer stories, games, dancing, music, and songs that would have been a part of a nineteenth century Mormon pioneer Christmas celebration, including a visit from Father Christmas. The program is one hour long and designed to engage both children and adults in a festive atmosphere of Christmas fun and well-wishes. Get more information by visiting LDS.org or calling 801.240.9573

Savior of the World
Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah
Now – December 29, 2012

The musical production Savior of the World, based on scriptural accounts of the birth and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, will return to the Conference Center Theater for the Christmas season. The show features a cast of talented actors, singers, and musicians sharing testimony through drama and song of the divine mission of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world. Get tickets.

Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center Events  

Friday, November 30-Tuesday, January 1, 2013 
Festival of Lights
Come see the 35th Annual Festival of Lights at the Washington DC Temple, from dusk to 10 p.m. every night. The festival will feature nearly 600,000 LED lights, a life-size nativity scene with narration, an international creche exhibit (daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), and concerts each night at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. See concert schedule below. Tickets for concerts are both free and required; they will be distributed beginning 90 minutes before each performance.


5 Wed. Rockville Swing Band 
6 Thurs. “Madrigal Lords and Ladies” – (McDonough High School Choir) 
7 Fri Capital Carillon – (Bell Choir)
8 Sat. Suzuki Assoc. of the Greater Washington Area – (Flute Ensemble)
9 Sun. Gene Summers and Rebecca Takemoto– (Vocalists)
10 Mon. Olney Big Band 
11 Tues. Young Columbians Glee Club
12 Wed. Encore Singers of Montgomery Co. Maryland – (Mixed Chorus)
13 Thurs. Winter Song: a Women’s Double Trio 
14 Fri. Singing Sensations Youth Choir 
15 Sat. Mormon Choir of Washington DC
16 Sun. Mormon Orchestra of Washington DC
17 Mon. Voices of Triumph Choir of Alfred Street Baptist Church 
18 Tues. Paul Cardall – (Pianist)
19 Wed. Shenandoah Junior Strings – (Children’s String Ensemble)
20 Thurs. Antoniak Sisters – a Musical Nativity – (Vocalists and Instrumentalists)
21 Fri. Jessica & Katelyn Lyons – (Violinists)
22 Sat.  Todd Thatcher – (Vocalist)
23 Sun. Pacheco Family – (Vocalists and Instrumentalists)
24 Mon. Sister Missionaries – (Vocalists and Instrumentalists)
25 Tues. Voices 4 Contemporary Vocal Quartet
26 Wed. Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus
27 Thurs. Pickwick Players – (Vocal Ensemble)
28 Fri. Feliz Navidad – (Spanish Musical Variety)
29 Sat. Trifecta – (Holiday Jazz Trio)
30 Sun. Follow Your Dream Singers – (“Scrooge, the Musical”) – (Vocalists)
31 Mon. Washington Guzheng Society – (Chinese Instrumentalists)

1 Tues. Olney Concert Band 

Deseret Book Holiday Book Signings
Various Artists and Locations
Check out this week's schedule of author signings for Deseret Book store locations, just in time for holiday gift giving:


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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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