Join LatterGayStories for a black-tie art gayla!

 In 2014, the Mormon church stopped printing The Miracle of Forgiveness. By 2015 they began removing copies from their bookstore shelves at Deseret Book. Even though the printed version was culled, Deseret Book continued to sell digital-download copies of the book online.
For years, the message of The Miracle of Forgiveness was neither miraculous or forgiving. In fact, it proved to be both spiritually and mentally damaging. The church rightfully pulled it from shelves, but never acknowledged the pain the book caused for over four decades.

In 2021, LatterGayStories started the #TrashTheStash movement, encouraging its audience to remove copies of The Miracle of Forgiveness from bookshelves, home libraries, church buildings, and thrift stores. In the first year, our audience removed nearly 6,000 copies of the book, an undertaking that was documented every Thursday on the LatterGayStories Facebook and Instagram pages.

Now in its second year, we have collected over 8,000 copies of The Miracle of Forgiveness.

On December 31, 2021, Deseret Book quietly deleted the online version of The Miracle of Forgiveness from their platform, thus ending the availability to purchase the book through official LDS sources. Reining since 1969 and selling more than 2.2 million printed and digital copies, the book is now fully discontinued.

What do we do with 8,000 copies of The Miracle of Forgiveness? We turn them into art!

For the second year in a row, we are inviting artists to create art pieces using reclaimed copies of The Miracle of Forgiveness. The art created from these books tell a story of the its harmful rhetoric and through the art comes healing, progress, and the ability to thrive.

JOIN US! September 16, 2023 | 6:30 PM at Trolley Square in Salt Lake City, for the black tie art gala!

We will have an open art exhibit displaying the art, a cocktail hour with drinks, hor d'oeuvres, a short program, and a private concert featuring EJ Michels to end the evening.

Dust off the formal wear and join us for an awesome night.

Tickets are $35 | includes access to the exhibits, drinks, hor d'oeuvres, and the concert!

Utah Arts Alliance Theater
602 E 500 S Suite E101
(Trolley Square West Side)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Date & Time
September 16, 2023
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
6:30 pM
Doors open at 6:30 PM with a red-carpet entrance into the exhibit. 
7:00 pM
Browse art created using reclaimed copies of The Miracle of Forgiveness.
Enjoy an open bar, mocktails, food and desserts. 
8:15 pM
Speakers share the importance of the #TrashTheStash project and why The Miracle of Forgiveness was harmful to Latter-day Saints. 
8:45 pM
LIVE CONCERT! featuring: EJ Michels
We are ending the night with a music and dance party!

EJ Michels takes the stage for a live concert! EJ hit the national stage on NBC's The Voice!

A Utahn, and former Mormon, EJ is gay and shares a familiar story. Through his incredible talent, it's evident that happiness, goodness, and opportunity are not exclusive to people who belong to a certain church or a predominant sexuality.    

 Join us on September 16
We look forward to celebrating with you!

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