Summer is almost here and it’s time for hot dogs, peanuts and baseball at the 7th annual Mormon Night at the Rockies. Saturday, July 14 at 7:10pm the Rockies will play the Seattle Mariners, and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) are invited to a special night of fun.

Along with discounted tickets, members of the LDS church will enjoy a pre-game ceremony, and then the national anthem sung by the Colorado Mormon Chorale. Don’t miss out on the perfect  summer night out with family and friends.

For more info on discounted tickets, click here and use code MORMON. You can also RSVP and invite others here.


Dr. Dana Pike lectures a full crowd on the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls

 

Thursday, May 3 marked the beginning of what will be a continuing series of forums about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Local interest in the scrolls has grown with the arrival of several scrolls from Israel, as the Denver Museum of Nature and Science hosts the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition. Drs. Rick Hess, Dana Pike, and Craig Blomberg taught a standing room only crowd in the chapel on Denver Seminary campus in Littleton. Dr. Dana Pike, Department Chair of Ancient Scripture in the College of Religious Instruction at Brigham Young University gave an overview and background of the scrolls. Dr. Rick Hess, distinguished professor at Denver Seminary, followed with a lesson on the significance of the scrolls with regard to the Old Testament. Dr. Craig Blomberg, also a distinguished professor at Denver Seminary, rounded out the instruction with insight into how the scrolls tie in with the New Testament.

All three professors are members of the Society of Biblical Literature and interact regularly on topics of mutual interest. The three pointed out similarities between the oldest known Hebrew biblical texts created in 1008 AD and our present day Old Testament. With the exception of the book of Esther, all books of the Old Testament are represented in the Dead Sea Scrolls.  We learn more about specific importance as we see that multiple copies of select books of the Old Testament were found.  The top three most commonly found texts belong to Deuteronomy, Psalms, and Isaiah.  Interestingly, these three Old Testament books are also the most frequently referenced books of the Old Testament as one reads through the New Testament.

The presentations were followed with panel members asking one another questions, generating further discussion. The Q&A portion of the evening was conducted by Craig McIlroy, Director of Public Affairs for the Denver South Area for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In addition to the friendly banter and questions among panelists, audience members were able to pose questions of their own, and the evening concluded on a positive note.

from left to right: Rev. Annie Arnoldy, Tom Reiners, Dr. Craig Blomberg, Dr. Dana Pike, Dr. Rick Hess and Craig McIlroy

The next day, presenters were hosted by Reverend Annie Arnoldy of St. Andrew United Methodist church of Highlands Ranch. They were joined by Tom Reiners, a lifelong member of the Methodist church. A retired rocket scientist and Dead Sea Scrolls enthusiast, Mr. Reiners serves as a docent at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and takes tours of the exhibition. He added color commentary relevant to the exhibit. The four panelists gave the 450+ attendees a full evening of information and insight. In addition to Mr. Reiners’ contribution, Dr. Pike added further to his presentation, sharing a bit of his experience in Jerusalem.  His unique history includes being on the team of 70 plus translators who were invited by Israeli scholar Emmanuel Tov to help translate and publish the scrolls. He shared personal account of the 11 caves in which the 950 fragments were found, and the close connection he experienced with history.

More seminars similar to the two that took place last week are scheduled in the near future. Forums are scheduled for June 21 at Temple Emmanuel, June 22 in Parker, June 23 in our Arvada, and June 24 in Boulder.  Check back for details forthcoming.


In a planned “Day at the Capitol,” clergy and faith leaders met on Thursday, April 26, 2018. With a goal of uniting faith communities to engage and act in the political sphere, Catholic Charities organized a gathering of local pastors and clergy. In attendance were Elder Thomas T. Priday, Area Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, among many others. Deacon Geoff Bennett, Vice President of Parish and Community Relations for Catholic Charities spearheaded the event and began the morning with the vision for the group. He invited all to set aside doctrinal differences, “…agree on foundational issues, and tell our legislators that these things are important to us.” Stake presidents, priests, and other attendees shared thoughts on how to carry out this ecumenical vision. Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila spoke next, further driving home the point about Christians’ needs to be active, informed constituents that help enact change. Quoting de Tocqueville, Archbishop Aquila taught, “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” The meeting concluded with a presentation from Jenny Kraska, executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference, and president of the National Association of State Catholic Conference Directors (NASCCD). She helped educate the group about legislative advocacy, what it looks like, and how it’s carried out. The group concluded with a walk to the capitol, where they hoped to meet with local legislators. However, as Kraska taught, with politics you learn to be patient and flexible. Large crowds of teachers protesting salaries also chose Thursday to walk on the capitol; they arrived in such large numbers that religious leaders’ agenda took a back seat. Despite the change of plans, participants shared enthusiasm and gratitude for the meeting.

Elder Priday and Archbishop Aquila


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.

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A rare collection of the Dead Sea Scrolls are now on display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, generating interest among scholars and people of faith alike. Building on the excitement around this exhibit, two Denver-area religious institutions will host a panel discussion on “The Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Christianity”, featuring Dr. Craig Blomberg and Dr. Richard Hess of the Denver Seminary and Dr. Dana Pike from Brigham Young University. There are two opportunities to participate:
Thursday, May 3, 2018
7 p.m.
Denver Seminary Chapel
6399 S. Santa Fe Dr.
Littleton, CO 80120
Friday, May 4, 2018
7 p.m.
St. Andrew United Methodist Church
9203 S. University Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
No reservations are needed for these two events. Please join us for a stimulating and faith-building experience, and make sure to plan your own visit to the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the museum.

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…)




On Tuesday, March 20, the Reverend Shawn DeBerry Johnson was a noted guest of honor at “The Lamb of God” oratorio held at Denver University’s Newman Center. Performances are opened with a word of prayer, and Reverend Johnson honored the show by offering Tuesday’s invocation. Reverend Johnson serves as the Director of Community Affairs, a senior adviser to Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. She was joined by friends Jackie Brian and Pastor Lily R. Richardson from My Father’s House International Christian Discipleship Center in Park Hill. Elder Thomas T. Priday, Area Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife Marva hosted the Reverend and her guests, and as Reverend Johnson reports, “it was a true joy!”

An oratorio that has become an Easter staple in the Denver area, “The Lamb of God”  was composed by Rob Gardner and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in 2010. With local effort from the Colorado Mormon Chorale and Orchestra, Denver area residents have been able to attend performances every Easter season for the last four years. Depicting the final week of the life of Christ and his resurrection, Gardner’s goal is to “bring to life for you the events depicted from the final days of the Savior’s life, and even more, how ‘in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.’”

Audience members and performers alike shared glowing sentiments. Shalee Jenkins of Centennial, Colorado said, “The talent of everyone involved was incredible…It was an excellent way to feel of the spirit of Easter. We’ll be sure to attend again next year!” Annie Sullins portrayed Mary Magdalene this year (and was a soloist in 2016) said of her experience, “It has strengthened my testimony that God knows me and cares about me and has a plan for me…The music is tremendous and it was such a privilege to be in it!” Not only could Reverend Johnson start the evening off with her prayer, but she also saw Gardner’s goal realized; her take on the performance was that it was “a very moving celebration of the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”


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.

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