Museums are full of exciting archeological finds. Visitors line up daily to view that which was once lost. At the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS), recent exhibitions have included discoveries from the days of Vikings, mummies from around the world, and a hands-on interface with the world of robotics. But of all the discoveries that fill the halls and interests of its patrons, one discovery stands above the rest in significance and import. That is the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

After a 10-year effort, the DMNS gained a victory in bringing the scrolls to the city of Denver. Scholars, religious academics, and experts alike are thrilled with the once in a lifetime chance to have the scrolls in close proximity. With great anticipation, those who know most about the historical weight of these scrolls prepare for their arrival. Once lost to the world, the transcripts of what has become the Bible were found by (more…)


On Monday, December 4, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock met with Elder Thomas T. Priday, Area Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This meeting marks the coming together of two people whose aim is to serve and represent the people in their midst. Elder Priday is the highest ranking church official in the Denver area and Mayor Hancock’s $927 million bond that recently passed will fund roads, parks, libraries, health and cultural facilities

For members of the LDS church, with a belief in the gospel comes a belief in Jesus Christ, a continual effort to be good neighbors, and serve the community. It was with this very interest in doing good that Elder Priday met with Mayor Hancock. His offer, to help with Denver Days, Denver Parks and Recreation, and Metro Denver Volunteers, was very well received. The state of Colorado is home to more than 150,000 church members, approximately 70,000 of whom live in the Denver area.

Members’ involvement in the Mayor’s volunteer initiatives could mobilize a large task force. Mayor Hancock was especially enthusiastic to hear about options to recruit volunteers through the church’s web-based initiative – JustServe.org. It is anticipated that the most pressing need this winter will be the Snow Angels effort. Snow Angels is a program that helps ensure the sidewalks of the elderly and those with disabilities are shoveled after heavy snow.

Looking ahead, Elder Priday and Mayor Hancock’s common interest will reach beyond coordinating community service together. This spring, the (more…)