You and your guests are invited to a special evening of music and the spoken word, “Honoring Father” on Sunday, June 3, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. at the new 500-seat theater in the Washington, DC Temple Visitors’s Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Md.

The evening will be a tribute to our fathers, our forefathers, and to Our Heavenly Father and features best-selling author Megan Smolenyak and Senator Orrin Hatch, with musical performances by the Reverend Wintley Phipps and Julie Duerichen. Prelude music for the evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is provided by the Riverside Brass, a group of professional musicians from the area.

The event is free and open to the public. Friends and family are welcome to accompany you. Please note, seating is limited to theater capacity, however, in the event of overflow, a closed-circuit TV feed will be transmitted to auxiliary theaters within the Visitor’s Center. In the event of a very large crowd, we will have a second fireside program at about 8:30 p.m. that same evening. Simultaneous translation will be provided in Spanish and in American Sign Language.

Megan Smolenyak is the lead researcher for the new PBS television series, “Ancestors” and wrote its best-selling companion book, “In Search of Our Ancestors: 101 Inspiring Stories of Serendipity and Connection in Rediscovering Our Family History”. Over the past year, she has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, on FOX cable, Fox & Friends morning show, on National Public Radio and in local media. You can learn more of Megan by going to

Orrin Hatch, US Senator from Utah, writes lyrics to hymns and patriotic music and has authored over 300 songs, along with librettist Janice Kapp Perry. His music was profiled in the “New York Times” on April 18, 2001. He will speak to the evening’s theme and will introduce selections of his music. You can learn more of him by going to his websites, or

Reverend Wintley Phipps is an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist church and is best known as a world-renowned vocal artist and initiator of special projects. He has appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” on the “Oprah” show and on “Soul Train.” He has performed at the US Capitol and at the White House and was profiled on CNN’s “Inside Politics” show on Tuesday,

May 8, 2001. You can learn more of him by going to his official website,

Julie Duerichen is a music faculty member at a local college and manages a private voice studio. She has a Masters of Music in Opera Performance and has starred in several operas. She has also been a featured recitalist in the new Visitors’ Center Theater with professional accompanist Susan Ricci Rogel. The Riverside Brass is a quintet comprised of professional musicians from the United States Air Force Band and from the National Symphony Orchestra. You can learn more of them by going to their official website,

The Washington, DC Temple Visitors’ Center
9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD
301-587-0144; or 301-942-0103