Mormon art left behind after Summerlin car burglary

An unusual discovery in Summerlin. A local man uncovered this brown box in his front yard. It may have been dumped by a burglar. Now he wants to find its rightful owner.

It’s a random act of kindness that begins with the discovery of a brown box outside a Summerlin home.

The piece of art from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints turned up in a front yard near South Town Center Drive and West Desert Inn Road.

It may have been dumped by a burglar, giving no care.

Khai Vu says he’s just trying to do the right thing.

“It doesn’t belong to me. It’s meaningful to someone,” said Khai Vu.

Vu made the unusual discovery last week in the rocky landscape next to his driveway.

“I looked and the box was sitting right there,” he said pointing to the side of his house.

The brown wooden box has a gold lock on it.

“When I first saw it, I thought it was an urn,” he continued.

It turns out, it’s a divine instrument called a Liahona. It comes from the Book of Mormon.

The replica of the religious artifact was sold years ago at Deseret Book in Centennial Hills.

Kevin Lemley is the manager of the store.

“In the Book of Mormon, there’s a prophet named Lehi, who the Lord commands to leave Jerusalem with his family and to help him find his way, they give him a round ball which is a Liahona,” said Kevin Lemley.

“For someone who's maybe going through a rough time or a hard time, that's what it would serve for: a reminder. If I turn to Christ, I can make it through this okay,” he continued.

According to Vu, the Liahona was left in his yard the same day his car was broken into. He’s convinced a burglar dumped it there.

Lemley says the instrument was meant to guide a Mormon member. That person is probably missing it.

“You never know why someone buys a piece of art. It connects with them in some way and it usual connects with them deeply, so that tells you it meant something to them,” explained Lemley.

The piece of art is now safe in Vu’s garage. He’s made it his mission to find its rightful owner and return it.

“I just can't brush it off,” he said.

If you know who the Liahona belongs to, email News 3’s Kelsey Thomas at

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