Worldwide missionaries love to share the message of Jesus Christ in Song. Pictured here are Mormon missionaries performing at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh Scotland

On February 11th from  7 pm to 8:30 pm Mormon missionaries in the Denver area will present a special musical presentation called “Why I Believe.”

The presentation will feature musical performances from sister and elder missionaries serving in the local area as well as messages which will be shared by recent converts to the Mormon church in Colorado.

The Musical Performance or “fireside” is open to everyone in the community, both members of the faith and those who are not currently of the Mormon faith.

“It promises to be an experience that will build one’s faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and only way back to the father,” says Jacob Paulsen of the Denver North Public Affairs Council. “Come worship the Redeemer through song and testimony!”

No registration or tickets are required to attend. The presentation will be held at a Mormon meetinghouse located in Denver at 2710 S Monaco Pkwy.


Coal Creek Ward Compassionate Service Leader, Elly Fryer, and her daughter, Addie, (left) pictured with the IRC’s Victoria Francis (right).

About one year ago The International Rescue Committee (IRC) opened an office in Denver. The IRC (rescue.org) is committed to providing opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America.

Each year, thousands of people, forced to flee violence and persecution, are welcomed by the people of the United States into the safety and freedom of America. These individuals have survived against incredible odds. The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors, and local volunteers to help them translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities. (more…)


When was the last time you saw a pair of Mormon missionaries walking down the street, knocking at your front door, or riding bikes in your neighborhood? Most of us have come to recognize the familiar white shirts and black nametags that are customary for Mormon missionaries.

With over 50,000 missionaries actively serving around the world, you may not be aware of how they are organized or directed. Here in part of the Denver metro, some missionaries have a new boss, or “Mission President” to look to.

The world is divided into over 400 geographic areas referred to as missions. Each of those missions is led and directed by a Mission President whose responsibilities include the supervision and welfare of the missionaries laboring in that geographic mission area.

The missionaries serving in the “Denver North Mission” are now getting used to working under the direction of a new Mission President, Henry Scott Savage and his wife Cindi Savage. Called President Savage and Sister Savage respectfully by members of the church and the missionaries in the area; the Savages arrived in Denver in July 2017. Ironically both President and Sister Savage served as missionaries in Colorado many years ago.

The Savages come most recently from Orem Utah where President Savage was a managing director for FranklinCovey Co. They will leave behind their career and other personal associations and labor in Colorado for 3 years. Mission presidents worldwide spend 3 years directing the missionary work in the mission to which they are called.


The Colorado Mormon Chorale is excited to announce four upcoming performances of the Lamb of God in 2017. Visit the website: http://www.lambofgodco.org/buy-tickets/ to buy tickets and reserve your seats today.

Written and composed by Rob Gardner, Lamb of God is an oratorio based on New Testament accounts of the final days of the life of Jesus Christ, and the events following His resurrection. We invite you to join us for this captivating event as seen through the eyes of those who knew and loved Him best.

“I have always known of Jesus Christ and believed him to be my Savior, but each time I listen to this sacred work I come to feel it more deeply. The music of Lamb of God is not only beautiful to hear but also to experience and feel. When I heard it for the first time in Salt Lake City, I knew that it must be presented here in Denver.”

James A. Miller — Cornerstone Productions

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2017 LAMB OF GOD PERFORMANCE DATES

DU Newman Center for the Performing Arts: Denver, CO

Tuesday, March 21st

Wednesday, March 22nd

Thursday, March 23rd

CU Macky Auditorium Concert Hall: Boulder, CO

Saturday, April 8th

Visit the website for more information: www.lambofgodco.org


In the month of December, a group of Mormon youth from Boulder, Lafayette, Louisville, Broomfield and Erie  participated in an indexing challenge. Indexing involves digitizing family history records for the use of genealogy. (Learn more about indexing here.)

The challenge was to see how many family history records could be digitized during the month of December. Sixty-five young women and young men from seven LDS congregations in the Boulder area indexed 22,963 names. They competed against each other as teams to see who could do the most. They helped digitize records previously only available on microfiche from a variety of different documents including birth records, death records, WWII draft cards, obituaries, ship passenger lists, and census reports. Each of these almost 23,000 names indexed will help someone working on family history to know a little bit more about their ancestors!

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You can learn about your ancestors at FamilySearch.org. Create a fan chart of your family, or search the records of your ancestors with a free account at www.familysearch.org.

 


On a beautiful, crisp November Saturday morning just over 100 youth from the Boulder Colorado Stake gathered at an LDS Church in Broomfield at 9:00 am. They broke into ten groups and went out to assigned neighborhoods around the church. Wearing bright yellow vests identifying them as Mormon Helping Hands from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they went door to door asking if they could rake leaves and collect nonperishable food for a local food bank. The groups competed for small prizes for the most bags of leaves and largest number of food items.

Dozens of front yards were raked. Some groups joined homeowners already out tackling the ever falling leaves in their yards. One group raked leaves and cleaned up several rolls of TP hanging from the trees of a home that had been targets by teenagers the night before. The raking and bagging was intermixed with falling in leave piles, petting dogs and posing for pictures. In all the kids raked and bagged 442 bags of leaves, collected 706 food items and received $210 in cash donations for FISH.

Boulder Teens rake leaves for neighbors in an annual service project.

Boulder Teens rake leaves for neighbors in an annual service project.

One group was close to finishing up for the day when a man drove up and asked them if they would clean up the leaves at a home down the street that belongs to an elderly woman who lived alone. Of course they said yes, and headed down the street to the given address. They found a small yard with four oak trees in the front and four more in the back, and so many leaves on the ground that you could not see the grass underneath. The kids went right to work. About ten minutes after they started a darling 94 year old woman came out of the house using a walker. She stood and watched the kids and cried. Then she went into her garage and got gloves, brooms and dust pans for the girls trying to “rake” the leaves from her driveway.

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The woman was from Lithuania and had lived in the home for over 45 years. Her husband passed away ten years ago and she lives alone. Her last name meant oak tree in her native language and the couple had four sons. So they planted four oak trees in the front and four in the back. Her boys live far away and the boy who usually helps with the yard had not come for a few weeks. We left 18 large black bags of leaves by the curb. Another man from the neighborhood drove up and told us he would make sure the bags got taken to the leaf drop off site in Broomfield. Below is a Thank You from the Food Bank where the cans were delivered.

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Everyone headed back to the church at about noon for bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches and homemade cookies. There were a lot of bacon and bread sandwiches eaten that day! The weather was perfect and lunch was served outside on the church’s front lawn. Prizes were awarded to the top three producing groups. Everyone had a great time. One suggestion from the teenagers – start an hour later next year!

 


On September 12, 2015 – The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Black Genealogy Search Group, and FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world hosted an exclusive VIP event in Denver, CO announcing the digital release of 4 million Freedmen’s Bureau historical records and the launch of a nationwide volunteer indexing effort.

About 100 people attended the VIP event at the beautiful Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library in downtown Denver’s five points neighborhood. Most of those present were personally understanding of the difficulties for Black Genealogical efforts in the United States and very appreciative for this new resource.

The program was an excellent mixture of speakers, music, and learning about this spectacular resource. Adrian Miller, the Executive Director of the Colorado Council of Churches directed the program which included Ex Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, Reverend Frank Marvin Davis,  Mrs. Janet Taylor of the Black Genealogical Search Group and Mrs. Terry Nelson of the Blair Caldwell Library, Bishop Jermaine Carroll, and President Russell  Watterson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. of The speakers shared their combined enthusiasm and appreciation for the work that will be done and its value to their Community. The audience also enjoyed an amazing musical performance by local actress and singer SuCh.

Several present had already been to an LDS Family History Center to do genealogy work, and others were excited to see the addresses of the Denver Area Family History Centers noted on the program. Refreshments and hands on training were shared after the meeting on the third floor of the Library. For more information on the event contact ericfowles@me.com

To download photos from the event for press mentions or media please visit:

Colorado Mormons on Flickr

 


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September 12, 2015

HISTORIC FREEDMEN’S BUREAU RECORDS RELEASED:
Event launches volunteer indexing effort of 4 million freed slave records

DENVER, CO — The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Black Genealogy Search Group, and FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world are partnering on an exclusive VIP event in Denver, CO on September 12, 2015 announcing the digital release of 4 million Freedmen’s Bureau historical records and the launch of a nationwide volunteer indexing effort.

FamilySearch International is working in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society and the California African American Museum to make these records available and accessible by taking the raw records, extracting the information and indexing them to make them easily searchable online. Once indexed, finding an ancestor may be as easy as going to the site, entering a name and, with the touch of a button, discovering your family member.

The Freedmen’s Bureau was organized near the end of the American Civil War to assist newly freed slaves in 15 states and the District of Columbia. From 1865 t o1872, the Bureau opened schools, managed hospitals, rationed food and clothing and even solemnized marriages. In the process it gathered priceless handwritten, personal information including marriage and family information, military service, banking, school, hospital and property records on potentially 4 million African Americans.

Throughout the year, volunteers with each of these organizations and interested individuals from the general public will search and index these priceless records, making the information, details and histories readily discoverable for free online genealogical searches.

The goal is to have the records fully indexed in time for the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016. It only takes a little training for anyone with a computer and Internet access to join the project. Technical assistance will be available at FamilySearch centers throughout the nation.

The VIP event, held at the Blair-Caldwell African American Library in Denver, CO will be conducted by Adrian Miller, Executive Director of the Colorado Council of Churches, and will feature speakers from partner organizations; Blair-Caldwell Library, Black Genealogical Search Group and FamilySearch.

For more information about the effort or to see how you can help us restore records of millions of freed slaves, visit DiscoverFreedmen.org and on social media using #DiscoverFreedmen.

CONTACTS:

Danny Walker
dwalker@denverlibrary.org
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Janet Taylor
babyjklt@msn.com
Black Genealogical Search Group

Eric Fowles
720-472-0104
ericfowles@mac.com