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.


LDS Church Members Donate Food, Goods, Time, and Energy to Uplift Local Colorado Communities

LOVELAND, Colo. – (August 28, 2017) In celebration of Colorado Cares Day, on Saturday, August 12, nearly 400 Loveland, Fort Collins and Berthoud residents, from the Loveland Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), volunteered an estimated 980 hours by donating hundreds of needed items to those experiencing homelessness, and performing various service projects throughout the community.

In support of Catholic Charities, Angel House and House of Neighborly Services, over 25 donation boxes with more than 600 needed items and nearly 1,200 pounds of food were collected by volunteers at several drop off points in Loveland and Fort Collins throughout Saturday. Items donated were among those most needed by the organizations, including food, hygiene products, clothes, back to school items, cleaning supplies and appliances.

Additionally, volunteers of all ages performed various services throughout the day across the community. Notwithstanding the summer heat, over 100 volunteers cleaned and removed weeds and dead trees at four local parks, including Fossil Creek Park, Carter Lake County Park, Boyd Lake Stake Park and Willow Bend Park.

Simultaneously, two groups of volunteers, including several young men and young women from the Loveland Stake, deep cleaned the kitchens, serving and eating areas at Community Kitchen, a local food kitchen, and Respite Care, a short term care facility for children with developmental disabilities.

Almost 100 members volunteered their sewing skills to tie 94 blankets, which will be distributed to local hospitals and nursing homes.

Meanwhile, a dozen members put on a lively, one-hour talent show for residents at the Lemay Avenue Health and Rehab Facility, while others distributed leaflets addressing West Nile preventative measures and the Dark Sky initiative throughout the town of Berthoud.

“The organizations for which we provided service were so grateful for the assistance,” stated Mary and Rob Harris, the organizers of this year’s day of service for the Loveland Stake. “We were able to accomplish a great deal in one day to help these organizations and outdoor areas, and give members the opportunity to provide service in areas of the community that perhaps they would not have otherwise had the opportunity.”

“I’ve helped to coordinate the Loveland Stake’s Colorado Cares Day service projects for the past seven years,” said Mary Peery, Director of Public Affairs for the Loveland Stake. “Each year, I’m touched by the spirit with which our members provide service for so many wonderful non-profit agencies across our communities, and how deeply appreciative the agencies are. We work in partnership with these agencies to identify a service that they are in need of and then our members come together to perform the service. Over the past seven years, over 4,000 members have volunteered their time, providing almost 8,500 hours of service. It’s just a wonderful way to help provide Christ-like love within our communities.”

For the past seven years, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have participated in Colorado Cares Day, a statewide day of service in honor of Colorado becoming a state on Aug. 1, 1876. The day has been set apart as an opportunity to help strengthen local communities through statewide service projects.

Several local social media outlets published information about this event, including the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

Blood donation vehicle.

Blanket tying at a local LDS Church building.

 


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.

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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

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