What: Sistas in Zion hosting Ladies Night @ Deseret Book. Saturday night, 6-8 pm during priesthood session. Free
Why you should go: It’s a Salt Lake tradition. Every year during priesthood session of General Conference, the Deseret Book on Temple Square holds a special ladies’ night where the women of the church can come out and have a good time. Our hosts this year are Tamu Smith and Zandra Vranes–better known as Sista Beehive and Sista Laurel of the local radio show, Sistas in Zion. The Sistas are HILARIOUS, and with them as the emcees you know you’re gonna have a good time.
No really, why?: The Sistas just released their new book, “Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons.” Published through Deseret Book, this book has gotten rave reviews from such inspiring Mormon leaders as Joanna Brooks, Ann Romney, and Darius Gray. We’ve taken a peek ourselves, and the book is every bit as witty and enjoyable as it sounds. Swing by Deseret Book to grab a copy, meet the Sistas in person, and maybe even get your book autographed. See the Sistas’ Twitter account, @SistasInZion, for more info.
What: Sunstone Magazine pre-General Conference potluck dinner. 2747 E 3640 S, SLC. Friday 4-7 pm. $10.
Why you should go: This is a great event for you if you’re going through any type of faith transition, small or large. Guest speakers like Joanna Brooks and Phyllis Barber will share their wisdom and insights about how to live a healthy and happy life if you find yourself on the “borderlands” of Mormon culture.
No really, why?: This podcast interview, “Writing Mormon Lives,” gives a small taste of Joanna and Phyllis’ thoughts. Interested in the dinner? Register here or by calling the Sunstone office, 801-355-5926.
What: Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons pre-General Conference fireside. Friday @ 8 pm. Hilton Hotel, 255 S. West Temple, SLC. Free
Why you should go: Affirmation holds monthly socials for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Mormons who are interested in remaining active in the Church without denying their sexuality. If you yourself are in this situation, or if you have a friend who’s left the church because of a painful experience with prejudice, this would be a great way to participate in the Church community in a healthy way.
No really, why?: The guest speaker, Tom Christofferson, is a respected leader in the Affirmation community, and his remarks are sure to be spiritually edifying. Plus, it really is a great way to meet other people just like you.
What: G. Love and Special Sauce concert @ The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, SLC. Thursday April 10. $25.
Why you should go: If you like OAR, Jack Johnson, or Dispatch, you’ll probably like G. Love–heck, you’ve probably already heard of him! G. Love is like all three of these guys mixed together in one.
No really, why?: G. Love’s jam-band style mixed with a hint of blues-chill-funk-rock will really have you feeling some type of way. Check out his song, “Baby’s Got Sauce,” and try not to knock anything over while you’re dancing. You can order concert tickets here.
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