Each week the staff at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora Colorado highlight one of their own. These weekly posts introduce someone on base by giving a short bio. This last week we saw a familiar face on the Facebook Page…
Here is the post that was shared by the Base:
For this week’s #MeetTeamBuckley we are highlighting Staff Sgt. Vance R. Boyer, 460th Security Forces Squadron. Boyer was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He went to middle school and high school in the small town of Firth, Idaho. He worked on, you guessed it, a potato farm. “Spud harvest” is how most of the high schoolers in the area make their money.
After high school, and a brief stint in college, Boyer decided to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; he was called to serve in what is called the Argentina, Neuquen Mission, which covered most of the Patagonia region of southern Argentina. There, he became fluent in the Spanish language by talking to people all day every day. “I absolutely loved my mission, and being a missionary! It was one of the highlights of my life,” said Boyer. When he returned from his mission, Boyer continued to attend Brigham Young University – Idaho, where he studied Recreation Leadership. In one of his classes he met his now wife, Lauren. They married before he graduated with his B.S. in 2013. He knew joining the military would be a great way to start a family. He became a Security Forces specialist and moved to Buckley AFB as his first duty station in October of 2014. After less than a year at Buckley, he deployed to Saudi Arabia.
From the beginning of his time at Buckley, Boyer has been known as “Smiley” by many people who see his cheerful face at the gate. He has certainly helped establish a positive image of policing on Buckley AFB. He was hand selected to work at the Buckley Visitor Center for the past year because it allowed him to interact face-to-face with the public. Boyer completed Airman Leadership School in November 2017, earning the prestigious John L. Levitow Award. He and his wife have been married nearly 6 years and have two beautiful daughters.
“I really love my job and I love the Air Force; it has been great for me and my family. I hope to project a positive image of the Air Force, for Security Forces, and of law enforcement in general,” said Boyer.
Recently members of the Mormon church in Denver united with friends of other faiths in two activities last month, including a Catholic celebration called, Stations of the Cross, and the Interfaith Sharing Series on the Purpose of Life. These activities may be recurring, and members of the community are invited to attend.
Those who attended a Thursday-night event at the Lady Fatima Center, a holy mosque near the intersection of Holly and Evans, discovered a rich introduction to other churches and a unifying theme about the Purpose of (more…)
Mike Alletto is a member of the Ponderosa congregation (ward) in the Parker Stake. Recently he collapsed at DIA due to a severe stroke.
The healthcare professionals at CUHealth were amazed by his fast recovery. The day after his surgery his neurosurgeon found Mike in his recovery room reading a complex book. That kind of speedy recovery from a stroke this severe is extremely rare.
Mike credits his faith in Christ along with the work of the professionals at CUHealth for his fast recovery. The interesting side-story… how frustrated Mike was that he wouldn’t be at church on Sunday to teach his class.
“The only time we’d miss is if two things: if we go to see our grandkids or if I get stuck in the hospital because of a stroke,” Alletto said.
Below is a story recently published by 9News (more…)
Father Michael Richardson, Greg Bashaw, President Chad Larsen
On March 11th, the Parker Colorado Stake of The Church of Jesus of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) hosted the fourth annual Parker Interfaith Easter Night of Music. The Night of Music is an opportunity for members of various faiths in the Parker area to come together and celebrate the Easter season through music.
This year, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church was the honored guest for the evening. Choirs and congregants from both churches performed sacred vocal and instrumental musical numbers. The quality of the performances was nothing short of stunning. There was a beautiful spirit present, with some pieces bringing several members of the audience to tears.
A highlight of the evening was when (more…)
Young Single Adults from the Mountain View Mormon Congregation were invited to attend an evening of dinner, dessert and conversation to build relationships with their peers attending CU from other faiths on February 27, 2018.
Zach Parris, CU Lutheran Ministries pastor leads a weekly student dinner called Bread and Belonging. Once a month Pastor Parris tries to have one interfaith/ecumenical guest to share in the meal and conversation. (more…)
Jefferson County is a better place because of The Action Center. Since 1968 The Action Center has provided an immediate response to basic human needs and promoted pathways to self-sufficiency for county residents and the homeless.
On February 10th Mormon women in the Arvada area came together to help The Action Center.
The women had the opportunity to purge the unnecessary out of their lives to benefit those in need. They brought their used t-shirts to a Women’s Conference meeting where they transformed them into reusable grocery bags for The Action Center.
On the last day of February 2018 many will gather on the West Steps of the Colorado State Capital building to rally in favor of life.
Colorado House Legislators will be introducing 2018 Pro-Life legislation to promote the Culture of Life and defend the rights of unborn children.
In that spirit a rally has been organized to take place at 12 noon on Wednesday the 28th of February. Speakers will include Rep. Patrick Neville, Rep. Tim Leonard, Rep. Steve Humphrey, and Rep. Lori Saine.
If you are available and would like to show your support please consider attending. In addition below are some details about the legislation that is being introduced. Take a moment to make yourself familiar!
Vocal Point was founded in 1991 by three students at Brigham Young University. As an all A cappella choir Vocal Point quickly soared to popularity and was adopted officially into the School of Music at BYU in 1994.
More recently Vocal Point competed on NBC’s The Sing-Off, where the 2010-2011 group competed against 15 other A cappella groups in Los Angeles before a panel of celebrity judges. During a wildly popular run on the show, Vocal Point made it to the top 5 and won critical acclaim for their performances.
The group continues to grow and perform. With a recent focus on digital media Vocal Point now regularly publishes to their YouTube channel which at the time of this writing has over 280K subscribers.
Members of the Grand Junction community have a special upcoming opportunity to hear from Vocal Point. On February 17th at 7:00 pm Vocal Point will be performing at the Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction. Tickets can be purchased here: Vocal Point – Grand Junction 2018