6 LDS-themed activities this summer


Utah provides plenty of fun places for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to enjoy religious appreciation outside a meetinghouse.

Cove Fort in Millar Valley
Cove Fort was built by the Latter-day Saints in the 1800s to provide protection for travelers and a place to worship in peace.

Cove Fort

Where: Millard County, Utah
Cost: Free
Cove Fort was built by the Latter-day Saints in the 1800s to provide protection for travelers and a place to worship in peace. Sightseers can catch a glimpse of pioneer times by taking a tour through the restored site. Cove Fort is the only fort built by Latter-day Saints that has since been restored and remains standing.

Mormon Miracle Pageant

Where: Manti Temple
Cost: Free
When: June 18–20, 23-27 at 9:30 p.m.
The pageant commemorates the restoration of the LDS Church and includes scenes from ancient American history, as depicted in the Book of Mormon, and the hardships and miracles of the Mormon pioneers’ journey west. Hundreds of volunteers participate in the pageant that has been going on since 1967.

Pioneer Day Concert with guest star Laura Osnes

Where: Conference Center in Salt Lake City
When: July 17 and 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free but ticket required, available at lds.org
Laura Osnes, who starred in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” on Broadway, will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at this year’s “Music for a Summer Evening” concert. Osnes was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in “Cinderella.” The concert will be conducted by choir director Mack Wilberg and associate music director Ryan Murphy.

Actors from the Martin Harris pageant dance.
Actors from the Martin Harris pageant sing and dance. The pageant is about the life of Martin Harris.

Martin Harris: The Man Who Knew Pageant

Where: Clarkston, Utah
When: July 31, August 1, 4–8, 11–15 at 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with reservation at clarkstonpageant.org
This pageant depicts the life of Martin Harris, one of three witnesses of the Book of Mormon and the journey of his testimony of the book.

Temple Square

Most events on Temple Square are free, though some may require tickets. There are concerts throughout the summer at the Brigham Young Historic Park, including performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the annual Bells at Temple Square performance in June. For more information on events at Temple Square, visit lds.org/church/events.

This is the Place Monument

Where: Salt Lake City
Cost: $11 for adults, $8 for children
When: Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday–Saturday and until 5 p.m. on Sundays
See where Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers entered Salt Lake Valley at This is the Place Heritage Park. Activities for kids and adults including panning for gold, performing old-fashioned pioneer chores, pulling handcarts and taking tours.

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