With the advent of a new temple coming to Northern Colorado, The Coloradoan – a local news publication – has recently released an article highlighting the growth of the LDS community in the area. Gary Foster, an LDS stake president in the Fort Collins area was interviewed along with other church leaders. President Foster was quoted as saying:

“Fort Collins is a value-friendly community and school-friendly community. That’s very appealing to LDS families,” Foster said. “There is a long tradition of very faithful members in this area and strong congregations that also makes it appealing. The advent of the temple will accelerate members of our faith preferring Fort Collins,”

The new Fort Collins temple will be the second temple in the state of Colorado and is expected to open sometime in 2016. (no official date has been determined yet).  A temple is a unique building for the LDS faith and is treated as the most sacred place to worship, more so than the local meeting houses. Learn more about temples here.


The article also notes that even without the advent of a new temple in the area, the church has been growing. In Colorado, Latter-day Saints account for about 3 percent of the population. Over 150,000 members live in Colorado and the church is among the fastest-growing religious groups in the state. Check out the link below to read the full article.

The Coloradoan – Read the full article here

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving on November 14-22. This is a time for us all to think about what we are thankful for, to share our compassion and help those experiencing homelessness. As we think about how we can help those who are in need of the most basic needs of life, we want to share how members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Loveland and Fort Collins teamed up with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver-Larimer County Region to collect much-needed donations for a statewide day of service called Colorado Cares day.

Over the last two years LDS congregations and Catholic Charities have worked closely together in a team effort to provide record amounts of donations. Working jointly with Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Denver, they gathered 225 boxes of items, which were taken to the Catholic Charities’ facility in Fort Collins. Catholic Charities operations manager Tim Dolan said,

“We really appreciate the donations we received today. We got the kinds of things we really needed. The joint effort with the LDS Church was a real blessing.”

In 2014 alone, 3,044 pounds of food and paper goods were contributed to the House of Neighborly Service, a pantry that serves the area. It was the second largest food drive the facility had ever experienced.

Participation for the service event has been outstanding.  In 2014, 21 projects were completed in which 812 volunteers of all ages took part, rendering 1,750 hours of service in one day!

Members from both faiths have been strengthened within the communities of Loveland, Fort Collins and Berthoud through this combined service to the community.  The public has gained a better understanding of the importance of Christlike love and service, and it has raised awareness for the need to help those in less fortunate circumstances.

To find ways you can help the homeless this month and ongoing – here are a few links to resources looking for donations or volunteers to help.

Serve.CCDenver.org : Volunteer site for Catholic Charities

www.denverrescuemission.org :  Denver Rescue Mission is the oldest, full-service Christian charity in the Rocky Mountain region.

www.attentionhomes.org : Attention Homes is a safe resource for homeless and displaced youth.

www.JustServe.org: JustServe matches faith, nonprofit, community and governmental organizations that need volunteers with volunteers willing to help.


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September 12, 2015

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.


Danny Walker
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Janet Taylor
Black Genealogical Search Group

Eric Fowles