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LDS artist/pianist Garth Smith has developed a multi-media fireside titled:
"The Hymns: Another Witness of Jesus Christ"
This 60 minute presentation explores gospel principles found in 8 hymns that includes the restoration, prayer, sacrament, forgiveness, and most importantly, the atonement of Jesus Christ.
The multimedia presentation features a Christ-centered narrative, live piano, video clips from prophets and apostles, and uses projected LDS art to support the concepts being discussed. The fireside is designed to inspire the viewers with insights that show just how powerful the LDS hymns can be to motivate us to righteous actions, just like the scriptures. They offer comfort, and draw us closer to the Savior through an understanding of His atonement.
The Christ-centered message has changed lives and resonates with all groups. The presentation is very missionary friendly and has had much success reaching less actives.
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Please note that the intention of this fireside is strictly to provide a motivating, uplifting, and spiritually inspiring experience for all who attend. There is neither mention of CD sales nor CD promotion of any sort.
This fireside is appropriate to be performed at Wards, Stakes, Youth, Young Single Adult, Single Adult, Relief Society, and other conferences, and events.
There is no fee for the fireside, and Garth is donating CD sales to subsidize the travel to where you are, so there is no financial burden on those who host the fireside.
To book a fireside or to get references from church leaders who have hosted the fireside already, contact Garth at email@example.com (and see comments below).
- Fireside Reviews -
ST. AUGUSTINE WARD - ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
"Words can't express our appreciation for you and Diane sharing your talents, your love for the Savior and the atonement. We were inspired, uplifted, and received the Spirit in our hearts and minds about the significance of the hymns. We will remember this moment forever."
- Robert G. McClellan (Bishop)
MT. HOOD, OREGON STAKE
"We had Garth and his wife make a presentation in the chapel for a Mount Hood LDS Stake Women's Conference last weekend. We were most impressed and inspired. We can highly recommend them for providing others a spiritual, non-commercial devotional. Thank you Smiths for blessing our stake!"
- Crismon Lewis, Stake President
PLEASANT VIEW, UTAH SOUTH STAKE - RS WOMEN'S CONFERENCE
"The fireside was wonderful. Everyone I have talked to since Saturday loved the music, pictures, the narration, and your testimonies. Many hearts were touched and many testimonies strengthened by your presentation. So many commented on your piano playing, amazed at the way you put so much feeling into the hymns and helped them feel the spirit."
- Sister Debbie Kunzler (Stake Relief Society President)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA STAKE
"Brother and Sister Smith, Thank you for a most wonderful Fireside. The presentation was very appropriate. The Hymns, visual presentations and tender words were all blended into a memorable Spiritual Experience. From a Leadership standpoint, I appreciate your presentation being offered in an organized nutshell with very little preparation on our part.I also appreciate the absence of any commercial intent. You have a wonderful gift to share. Thank you for an enjoyable spiritual evening."
- Allen B. Ivie (Bishop, Rancho Ward)
STEVENSVILLE, MONTANA STAKE
"Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent and such a beautiful message with the members of the Stevensville MT Stake. All who attended were very uplifted. The musical content and narrative were wonderful and Sabbath appropriate. I know my family and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience."
- Owen W. Robbins, Stake President
TWIN FALLS IDAHO REGIONAL FIRESIDE
"What a wonderful and spiritual night you provided for us at our regional fireside! The messages given were doctrinally sound and spiritually driven. Thank you, Garth Smith, for bringing us such timely and inspiring music, art renderings, and the spoken word. Testimonies were strengthened and hearts were touched."
- Don Chandler (Twin Falls Stake High Council)
FLATIRON ARIZONA STAKE (MESA)
"The fireside was the perfect capstone to a beautiful Sabbath Day. The combination of music and art invited the Spirit, was uplifting and soothing, and gave participants a peaceful environment to contemplate the Savior."
- Brad Larson, Stake President
SACRAMENTO REGIONAL SINGLE ADULT CONFERENCE
"I must say, that was the most lovely presentation on Christ I have ever witnessed."
- Jacquel Anderson, Conference Coordinator
BOISE YOUTH SPECTACULAR
"I was deeply moved by your presentation of The Hymns at the Boise Youth Spectacular. The doctrine, the music and your presentation were a powerful! You reminded us of the importance of hymns in our day. One student commented as she left your presentation, "I felt as though I was in the Celestial Kingdom." Thank you for your presenting at the Boise Youth Spectacular."
- Craig M. Spjute, Boise Institute Director (Director, Boise Youth Spectacular)
WASHINGTON DC TEMPLE VISITORS CENTER
"We were so pleased with the fireside that you presented and would encourage anyone to attend this fireside, wherever you are performing it. Everyone who went had very positive comments. The music was beautiful and the on screen images were also a real bonus, and helped bring the music to life. Thanks for a great evening!"
- Elder and Sister Fowler (Directors, Washington DC Temple Visitors Center)
HESPERIA, CA, STAKE RS CONFERENCE
"Thank you both very much for coming out and sharing with us the wonderful musical presentation during our Women's Conference. You have truly touched our hearts and have strengthened our testimonies of our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ."
- Hesperia Stake RS Presidency
FRESNO, CA, REGIONAL SINGLE
"Thanks again for an awesome fireside. That had to be the best
conference we have ever had."
- Doug Hall (High Counselor over Stake Single Adults)
SAN ANTONIO TEXAS EAST STAKE
"The Hymns: Another Witness of Jesus Christ" was an amazing fireside. Many of our members commented about how strong they felt the spirit. This fireside will have a lasting impact on the members of our stake."
- James Mears, Stake President
LANCASTER, CA, STAKE RS CONFERENCE
"Garth, your fireside was a great conclusion for our Stake Women's Conference. It was such an enjoyable and uplifting hour. Music touches and magnifies our spirit in a very unique way. Your talent performing our well known hymns and words from both you and Diane truly helped all of us in attendance to 'Draw Near Unto Me'."
- Mindy Lister, Stake Relief Society President
LOS ANGELES TEMPLE VISITORS CENTER
"Here at the Los Angeles Temple Visitors’ Center, we were honored to have Garth and Diane Smith come and present his fireside on “The Hymns, Another Testament of Christ”. The fireside was not only instructional but was thought provoking in a way that allowed the spirit to touch all who attended. The musical message and the spoken narrative was broad enough to appeal to not only members but non-members. We continue to play Garth’s arrangements with fond memories of this wonderful evening."
- M. Greg Gollaher (director, LA Temple Visitors Center)
MT TIMPANOGAS SINGLES (Lehi, UT)
"I want to thank you for your goodness in coming to present to our group. I'm sure as you could tell from the many who stayed around afterwards to visit with you that the sweetness and peacefulness of your music and message were a wonderful blessing for us. We were truly blessed by you both."
- Robert Jackson (Event Coordinator, Mt. Timpanogas Singles)
HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA STAKE
"The fireside this evening was absolutely phenomenal! The feelings brought by the Spirit were tangible. You have such and amazing gift and I am so thankful you shared it with us this evening. Having been a member 15 years, your fireside was one of the best events I have ever taken part in."
- Eric Cowan (Bishop, Capshaw Ward, Huntsville Alabama Stake)
CORONA CALIFORNIA STAKE
"... Garth, we were just talking about you... we hosted a dinner with the Bishop Olalere and his wife. We got a chance to talk about how much we loved the evening. You and your wife provided a very spiritual evening for us. Sister Olalere said it was the best fireside she has been to."
- Charles Chacon (1st Counselor, Citrus Hills Ward)
HOUSTON TEXAS SOUTH STAKE
"Thank you so much for coming to Houston! Feedback has been so positive. Thank you again for bringing an uplift to our stake".
- David Hruska (Stake President)
SPOKANE WASHINGTON VALLEY STAKE
"Garth, I have received so many positive comments from those in attendance. The spirit that was felt there was almost palpable. The artistry of the multimedia presentation, and the testimony that you shared spoke directly to my soul and it brought me such hope and comfort. As my wife, children, and I discussed the fireside afterwards, I could see that it had the same effect on them."
- Leo Stevens (High Councilor over Stake Activities)
CARLSBAD CALIFORNIA STAKE
"...The Stake & Single Adult Fireside last night was absolutely amazing. "The Hymns: Another Witness of Jesus Christ" performed by Garth Smith (on piano) and his wife Diane Smith (narrator) along with an elegant Multimedia Visual presentation which truly gives a new appreciation for the Hymns of The Church. I can only describe his personal arrangements of each of the hymns that he performs as Celestial."
- Rick March (Stake High Council, Carlsbad California Stake)
SANTA CLARA UTAH STAKE
"Garth, it was truly our pleasure to have you share the music and your testimonies with us. There was a very sweet spirit that attended the fireside and I can tell you that my testimony of Christ the Savior was strengthened..."
- Dan Abbott (Bishop, Santa Clara 3rd Ward)
HILLSBORO OREGON STAKE
"It was an honor to have you give the fireside and get to know you. It was very powerful and moving to me. "
- John Dungan (Bishop, Evergreen Ward, Hillsboro Oregon Stake)
ORANGE COUNTY INSTITUTES
"Thank you again for a wonderful experience and evening last night…The overall feeling was “edification”…I think they all felt it and were strengthened with peace and calm and quiet assurance in the spirit that surpasses any other activity they might have participated in. Thank you for connecting us to the Savior through your music…"
- Brother Jack Briggs (Director, Huntington Beach Institute)
EUREKA CALIFORNIA STAKE
"It’s not very often that we have opportunities such as you provided for the Eureka Stake. All who attended felt the spirit of the hymns as we read the words on the screen accompanied with such beautiful music. It was truly a blessing for us to have you share your talent and beautiful music with us. "
- President Lee Lorg (Stake President)
ODESSA TEXAS STAKE
"Thanks for coming...those who attended really enjoyed it"
- Christopher S. Vore (Stake President)
"A unique and treasured honor for us and those who came ready to have a night of honoring Christ. I felt the genuine testimony of your life and heart coupled with the powerful life principles and truths spoken by our prophets."
- Kent and JaNae Atwood (Midland 1st Ward, Odessa Texas Stake)