Left to right: Sister Packard, Elder Cruz, Elder Woollesen, Sister Van Tassell, Sister Reatre, Elder Hasse, Elder Blackham, Sister Draney

Elder Blackham knew it would be a sacrifice to give up his guitar and music while on his mission, but inspiration he felt in the Denver Temple gave him peace, “Give it to me and I can make it so much more.” With the help of other inspired elders and sisters, Elder Blackham was able to lend his talents to what became a beautiful musical presentation, “Meet the Missionaries.”

Presented by the Colorado Denver North Mission, “Meet the Missionaries” toured the northern front range giving 14 performances between February and April. The program is a fun, energetic, and inspiring performance. Through fifteen songs intermixed with video, four elders and four sisters shared their musical talents, their love of the Savior, and what it means to be a missionary.

President and Sister Savage both served as missionaries in Denver in the early 1980s and had the idea to renew a similar musical program that was a success on their missions. Around the same time the Book of Mormon musical came to Denver. Elder Blackham and Elder Brown pulled out their guitars and began singing on 16th Street in downtown Denver, replying to curious onlookers that they weren’t in the musical, but were the actual missionaries. From there 11 original songs were written by Elders Blackham, Brown, Fenske, and Hasse. In 2018 “Meet the Elders” went on tour.

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Last week Pope Francis invited President Russell M. Nelson to meet at the Vatican for a historic visit. The occasion marked the first meeting between a pope and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

President Nelson stated the significance of the meeting was to get to know Pope Francis and for His Holiness “to know us and finding we have so many points in common.”

“The differences in doctrine are real,” he added. “They are important. But they are not nearly as important as things we have in common—our concern for human suffering, our desire for and the importance of religious liberty for all of society, and the importance of building bridges of friendship instead of building walls of segregation.”

The leaders of the two faiths demonstrated the common ground they share and the strength of their relationship forged through their collaboration in service and charity throughout the world. Right here in Colorado the Latter-day Saints have a meaningful, fruitful relationship with our friends of the Catholic faith.

On January 17th, 2019, Elder Thomas T. Priday, Area Seventy, met with Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila at the Archbishop’s office, for what Elder Priday characterized as “a warm one-on-one visit.”  In that meeting, Elder Priday expressed appreciation for the partnership that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has with members of the Catholic Church.

Elder Priday highlighted recent events including Day at the Capitol, Faith in Action committee work (and related community service), and honoring of veterans in our community. He also made particular mention of a special jointly-planned religious freedom event, an August 2018 gathering at Holy Family High School where Latter-day Saints, Catholics and Muslims gathered to hear remarks from various leaders regarding ways to strengthen religious freedom in our community.

Describing the important relationship between local Latter-day Saints and Catholics, Heather Scott, Denver Area JustServe Director stated, “The spirit of collaboration and true Christian service demonstrated by our friends at Catholic Charities is a blessing to our community. In recent months, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have worked together with Catholic Charities to provide comfort, relief, and needed supplies to members of the Denver community who are experiencing homelessness. I have been amazed to witness Catholic Charities’ unwavering commitment to follow Jesus Christ’s admonition to clothe the naked and feed the hungry.”

Local Latter-day Saint congregations are also working with Catholic Charities. For example, members have served meals at the Samaritan House, the Parker Stake Relief Society sisters have gone in small groups to provide “spa nights” to Women of the Holy Rosary shelter, and the Denver Stake women’s conference collected feminine hygiene products and prepared handmade cards for women served by Catholic Charities.

Jonathan Toronto, Denver North Public Affairs Director stated, “As I have had the opportunity to get to know and serve with our friends at Catholic Charities, I have been most impressed by their efforts to live the gospel of Jesus Christ, by truly serving those in need within our community. As but one example, I was deeply moved during a recent visit to the Samaritan House to see what this great facility (and those who serve there) can do to provide for the needs of our homeless brothers and sisters, right here in Denver.  While prayers for those in need are always welcome, this group is using their hands and means to provide tangible relief to those in need.

We are looking forward to even further collaboration in 2019 and are so grateful for this association both locally, and at a global level–and not only with our Catholic friends but with those of all faiths who share in the common interest of extending God’s love and care to those around us.”


A Message of Hope

The Colorado Mormon Chorale and Orchestra are pleased to present Rob Gardner’s Lamb of God. In partnership with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Cornerstone Productions, the oratorio is focused on the final days of the life of Jesus Christ and the events following His resurrection.

Told from the perspective of those closest to the Savior, it is a moving blend of music and testimony. The work is performed every year, all around the world, by thousands of musicians and singers across dozens of faiths. Most of these performances are multi-denominational. There will be six performances of the Lamb of God along the front range.

March 16

Pikes Peak Center

190 S. Cascade Ave., CO Springs 80903 2:00 & 7:00 PM

March 19, 20 & 21

DU Newman Center for Performing Arts

2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver 80208

7:00 PM

March 30

CU Macky Auditorium Concert Hall

1595 Pleasant St., Boulder 80309

7:00 PM

Performances

Running time is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. In order to maintain a spirit of reverence, it is strongly recommend that those who attend be at least 8 years old.

Tickets

Tickets are required for admittance. General admission seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets will be sold for $10 each (plus any venue fees) and can be purchased online through the website www.cplimited.org.



Members of the Boulder Stake and the Bishop’s Storehouse donated nearly 1,500 pounds of food and toiletries to the Emergency Family Assistance Association. The EFAA serves the Boulder community in need of basic food and housing and they were thrilled to have a large January donation following the holidays. Individuals in the Boulder Stake collected the donations as part of their #LightTheWorld effort.