March 21, 2016

Colorado Denver Mission

Here are free resources about the Colorado Denver Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Colorado LDS Missions.

Colorado Denver Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Colorado Denver Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the mission address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

This mission does not currently exist.

Phone Number: N/A
Mission President: N/A

Colorado Denver Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Colorado Denver Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Colorado Denver Mission

*Mission does not currently exist. (Browse LDS.org mission maps)

Videos with Colorado Denver RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Colorado Denver Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews. Coming soon..

LDS-Friendly Videos about Colorado

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Colorado. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Colorado, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

LDS Church  history  nature  mission calls  time lapses

Colorado Denver Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Colorado Denver Mission. This blog list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their mission blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

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Colorado Denver Mission Groups

Here are Colorado Denver Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the mission.

  1. Colorado Denver Mission – Sorenson Group (112 members)
  2. Colorado Denver Mission Group (80 members)
  3. The Great Colorado Denver North Mission President and Sister Mordock Group (2 members)
  4. Colorado Denver Mission 1975 – 1978 – Lambourne Group (1 member)

Colorado Denver Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Colorado Denver Mission!

Shirt designs include Colorado Denver Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Colorado Denver missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Denver Mission gifts

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Colorado Denver Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Colorado Denver LDS Mission.

  1. 1993, Mission divided into the Denver North and Denver South Missions.
  2. 1990-1993, William K. Farrar
  3. 1987-1990, Nile A. Sorenson
  4. 1984-1987, James D. Caldwell
  5. 1981-1984, Rulon E. Rasmussen
  6. 1978-1981, Jack R. Wheatley
  7. 1975-1978, Lambourne B. Gerald
  8. 1974, Mission created from Colorado Mission.

Colorado LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 151,580
  • Missions: 4
  • Temples: 1
  • Congregations: 312
  • Family History Centers: 63

Helpful Articles about Colorado

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Colorado Denver Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Colorado Denver RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • 1990-1992 (Glenn)
  • 1989-1990 (Karen)
  • 1991-1993 (Frank)
  • 1992-1994 (Jon)
  • 1993-1995 (Paul)
  • 1984-1985 (Cynthia)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Denver, Colorado Springs, Rifle, Rangely, Meeker, Canon City, Littleton, and Aurora. (Glenn)
  • 2 different areas in Aurora, Lakewood, Colorado Springs, and Alamosa. (Jon)
  • Greeley, Lafayette, Boulder (Singles Ward), Clifton/Palisades, Steamboat Springs, Laramie, Grand Junction. (Paul)
  • Longmont, Rocky Ford, Carbondale, and Dodge City, Kansas! (Cynthia)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Lasagna, Cake & Ice Cream, most interesting was wild pheasant and elk. (Glenn)
  • Anything we didn’t have to cook. PBJ’s, Lasagna, Pot Roast with all the trimmings, Cheeseburgers, Mac-n-cheese… (Karen)
  • Mexican, Chinese, Greek, and all ethnic foods (Frank)
  • Lasagna (Jon)
  • Elk, bison and crepes. (Paul)
  • Elk burgers!!! Yum (Cynthia)

What was a funny experience?

  • Dog actually bit me on the rear-end. (Wasn’t funny at the time.) Bicycling in snow. (Lots of slipping and sliding around.) (Glenn)
  • Had a huge thunderstorm pass through Loveland. We lived in an old train station so the apartment was long and skinny upstairs. The bathroom did not have a window. So when the lightening struck the telephone pole at the end of the building making the power go out…and while I was in the bathroom…it became VERY dark in there…couldn’t even find the TP. Couldn’t see a thing. It was pitch black. I had to ask my companion to open the door a crack just so some light could make its way into the room…a bit embarrassing and yes…funny. (Karen)
  • Elder Murdock and I were on splits together riding our bikes in the snow off of Federal down around Mississippi St, some where just above Littleton area still in one of the suburbs of Denver. It was around the middle of November of 1991, and I had barely been in the field for a few weeks, and there was snow on the ground. As we were riding along on our bikes, we both hit a patch of ice at the same time and fell down in the opposite direction from each other. The funny thing was after we both got up, we both looked at each other, and said “Did you see me fall elder?” At which time we both responded no to each other and started laughing as we both realized that we both fell at the same time, its just he fell the one direction and I fell the other direction, and neither one of us saw what happened to the other one. (Frank)
  • I was on splits and the elder I was with wanted to go see the Elder’s Quorum president of his ward. We stopped by there and a 16-yr old girl answered the door, so he asked “Is your dad home?” and she said “You mean my husband?” because she was his 27-yr old wife…..(Jon)
  • We were spending a nice April day in Boulder where it was a pleasant 65°. When we rode over the hill to Lafayette, it was snowing hard. We had to stop at a restaurant some members owned to warm up since we were not dressed for snow. (Paul)
  • Finding a piece of lead (bullet) in my elk burger!!! (Cynthia)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Car battery froze during a winter storm for several days. During that time, I remember one experience of riding home to our apartment in the back of a pick-up truck and it was -17 degrees outside. (Glenn)
  • While tracting in Fruita Colorado, a home owner answered the door with a shotgun in hand pointed right at us and immediately asked that we get off his porch. (Karen)
  • It was the first part of December of 1991, just before my trainer Elder Gonzalez was going to go home from completing his mission. We (Elder Gonzalez, Elder Murdock, Elder Zomoleck, and I) had just got done having dinner at a member’s house, and we were heading back to the apartment in our little Toyota Corolla, since Elder Gonzalez was one of the District Leaders in the Metro West zone, that later on became the Arvada zone. Anyways, there was a lot of snow and ice on the ground and it was snowing outside, and our car had four bald tires. And, the only way to get back to the apartment was to take Federal, one of the busiest main streets in Denver. So, we were driving home and being extra careful not to hit anyone on the way home, which we managed to do successfully. However, after we turned on to 14th St. west, just before Colfax, to head up the hill to the Colfax Apartments were we lived. We got half way up the hill, when we start to slide back down the hill towards traffic. So, I quickly started to turn the wheel back and forth, since I was the one driving, and we managed to get enough traction as we fish-tailed all the way up the hill, to the apartment, and found a parker, and make it home safely. (Frank)
  • Driving in blizzard conditions near Rocky Ford, CO. (Cynthia)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Zone Conferences Baptisms Interviews with President Farrar Stake Conferences (I remember one Stake Conference in particular where Elder Dallin H. Oaks came around and personally shook the hands of all the members in the chapel before conference began.) (Glenn)
  • While tracting, we knocked on the door of a family that invited us in and we taught a first discussion. They asked us back, we then committed them to baptism and they were baptized. The one and only time I was involved with a family’s conversion from the get go. Awesome strong family. (Karen)
  • It was around November of 1992, and I was in Greeley with my companion Elder Burilla at the time. And, we (Elder Burilla, the member that introduced us to the investigator, and I) had just gone over to teach the 2nd lesson to an investigator, who would only take the lessons if the member was there as we taught the investigator the lessons. Well, that investigator wasn’t sure if she wanted to join, since she had some concerns, but none of them were with the church nor with the gospel. So, as we were trying to figure out her concerns, to try to resolve them, the spirit took over and helped guide us to find the concerns that the investigator had, which was having to deal with the number of people that would be at the baptism, since the investigator didn’t like large crowds looking at her. So, we let her know that we could have a small size group for her baptism, and that it would be ok, We were able to resolve her concerns, and she agreed to be baptized and to be baptized on a specific date. Afterwards, we reassured her that we could do a small baptism for her and that her decision to get baptized in the church, was the correct thing and that her Heavenly Father was very happy with her decision. And, after we left, we (Elder Burilla, the member, and I) talked a lot about the it, and discussed about how strong the spirit was that night, and what a fantastic experience it was. (Frank)
  • Too many to list. Biggest one was during a period of struggle. My companion and I took turns praying verbally and I received a witness that God lives and knew of me. Can’t really describe it more than that — just a very powerful presence and feeling. (Jon)
  • A group of us were going to spend a P-Day with a local family on a picnic. On our way there, we all felt the Spirit very strongly telling us something had just happened that would impact the church. It turned out that was the very moment that President Ezra Taft Benson had died. (Paul)
  • Teaching people about the restored gospel. (Cynthia)

What are some interesting facts about the Colorado Denver Mission?

  • At the time, it covered most of Colorado, one-third of Kansas, parts of Wyoming & Oklahoma, and a small town in New Mexico. (Glenn)
  • Sisters weren’t allowed to ride bikes. We have “DP’s” instead. A series of scriptures we needed to memorize and a certain amount of talks to write in order to “drive”. I still refer to those talks today…nearly 30 years later. (Karen)
  • I was one of the few Spanish speaking elders that was in the mission, so I got to spend about 5 months within one area, before getting transferred to another area. I got to travel and work through out a large part of the mission. I got to go to Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Nebraska, and through out Colorado. Also, a few places I got to assigned to, gave me the opportunity to teach in English, as well as Spanish, since my companion was an English speaking missionary, but my comps that only spoke English, still tried to speak Spanish when we came across some Spanish speaking investigators. So, I got to teach both in English and Spanish. Also, when I was out there, I found out from one of my companions, Elder Mondello, that some of the English speaking Elders, were changing from the English speaking mission to some of the other language speaking missions, especially the Spanish speaking mission, to help increase the number of people that we had to help spread the gospel in other languages. And, the missionaries that agreed to switch missions to one of the other language speaking missions, got assigned to a missionary already assigned to that mission for the Colorado Denver Mission, so they can learn from them in order to do so. So, I not only got to help spread the gospel, but I got the opportunity to teach a couple of my companions Spanish, so they could help teach the gospel in Spanish. Also, while I was in the mission, just before my mission came to an end, the Sister missionaries got permission to ride bicycles on their mission, instead of only having to be in a car on their mission. Also, during my last three months of my mission, I got to see the Colorado Denver Mission, get divided into the Denver North and Denver South missions. The funny thing is, due to a lack of Spanish speaking missionaries in the Denver area, I was still assigned to work and cover my regular area which was all of Denver and some of the outer spots like Boulder. Since, I was with the District Leader and we were the only ones with a car and therefore were the only ones who were able to make it to all the different spots each day, especially since the only other four Spanish speaking Elders in the area were on bicycles. So, my mission stayed the same, despite the my companion and I being assigned to the Denver North mission after the split happened. Also, my first check that I got after the mission split came from the Denver South mission and their president, since the Denver North mission home and office were still being worked on. (Frank)
  • We had something like 10% of the elders there with serious chronic illnesses — definitely a “medical mission.” I have Crohn’s Disease, and I had companions with Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, severe Milk allergies (as in anything with milk in it gave him hives and he’d be down for a day, so dinner appointments could be a bit interesting with him having to pick around things a lot), and Hemophilia, as well as one who would be charitably described as “a little slow.” Another had a large birthmark on his face and was receiving monthly treatments to have it removed. *** While I was there, I met a man who was called as a mission president without ever having served as a bishop or stake president beforehand (this was exceedingly rare at the time — don’t know if it still is or not). And the mission he served in was: Iran Tehran in the late 1970’s….. he was there during the revolution, and said it was a real scramble to get all the missionaries out before they stopped letting people go, and that he himself was on the last possible flight out. He was the Lakewood Stake President at the time that I met him, so I have no reason to doubt his honesty about that. (Jon)

What was the weather like?

  • There was a saying that “If you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes.” (Because the weather will change.) Cold, but manageable. There was snow, but not days and days of it. (Glenn)
  • Hot. Except when there was a thunderstorm. Then it was really wet. 🙂 The sky was really clear…very little if any smog where I served. (Karen)
  • The weather was crazy at times. For there were days that you would wake up and it would be sunny outside, then start rain or snow that afternoon, and back to clear that evening. Or, it would start off that morning either raining or snowing, then sunny in the afternoon, and back to raining or snowing that evening. And, of course, there were your normal weather days, were it would be sunny, raining, or snowing all day. The days were hot or cold. The days it was hot and humid, or sunny and warm outside, yet there would be snow still on the ground. And the days in which we would occasionally get hit with a blizzard. The funny thing is that no matter what season it was during the year, one could easily get hit with a snow or rain storm. After all, I remember it being July of 1993, An Elder and I were coming back from seeing a Spanish investigator in Boulder, and we got hit with an unsuspected snow storm, that turned into a blizzard, and they shut down the freeway, while we were on it, but we still made it back to Denver and to our apartment. (Frank)
  • Surprisingly warm winters in Denver. I’d have thought the higher elevations were cooler, but as the lady in my 1st area said — it’s rare for it to snow on top of snow — usually snows, then melts before the next snow. Colorado Springs was a bit cooler, being a bit higher in elevation, and Alamosa was very cold, but I was there over the summer, so I just got to enjoy the pleasant summer that rarely got into the 80’s (and when it did people complained of a heat wave). (Jon)
  • Wait 5 minutes, it will change. (Paul)
  • Cold in the winter. I’m from Southern California! (Cynthia)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • Lots of good people and good missionaries. Beautiful country. Learned to love the people, especially the members. (Glenn)
  • There wasn’t much difference between the people in California to Colorado. The license plates were weird. (Karen)
  • It was such a cool place with lots of interesting people and lots of nice people, especially the members who were quite helpful. Also, the places I went to out there were quite cool. After all, I went to places were there were lots of people, where there are at least a couple hundred thousand or more people, to places that are small, where there are only a few thousand people or less. Also, the places varied from mountain towns, to metropolitan cities, to small flat land towns, where the scenery was all the same, 360 degrees of just flat lands. (Frank)
  • They were people, in places. Mountains are pretty, people generally are pretty awesome. Nothing out of the ordinary there to like or dislike. (Jon)
  • I loved everyone there. It was like I was home. (Paul)
  • Everything!!! (Cynthia)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Warm gloves, socks, and hats are important. Hats need to cover the ears. It might take a little while to get acclamated to the cold. Learn how to sew before you come out. (Glenn)
  • Less is more. And small compact versions of the required reading material is best…My grandmother insisted in purchasing the full sized hard bound versions which were heavy and took up a lot of space. (Karen)
  • I suggest that any one that gets assigned to one of the missions there, to make sure you got clothes to help keep you warm, for the most part. However, make sure you have clothes for when it gets hot and when it rains also. And make sure that you got shoes that are water proof, because they will definitely come in handy. (Frank)
  • Go as light as you possibly can. (Jon)
  • Be prepared with clothes for extreme cold and heat. (Paul)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • Spiritual and emotional growth. Love for the Lord. Lots of memories. (Glenn)
  • I overcame my shyness for speaking in front of crowds…I stand tall, slouch less…I solidified my testimony more…and still use many of the skills I developed on my mission today. (Karen)
  • I received a number of blessings from serving a mission. I received a testimony in the church that can not falter, even after not being to church in quite some time, mainly due to my job. Since, I work in the medical field, sometimes I end up having to work on Sundays or very late on Saturdays, making hard to get up to make to my ward’s time the next morning, or both. Nevertheless, I still know my testimony in the church remains, and I’m hoping to get back to church very soon. Also, I received other blessings, like being to still communicate in Spanish, even though I had not used it in a long time after my mission ended, and being able to communicate more with people, since I was always kind of shy when it came to talking to people prior to the mission. (Frank)
  • Overall, I think I have a greater appreciation for what I have, but specifically? Nothing comes to mind. (Jon)
  • Looking back, the dedicated members who loved the Lord, and having the opportunity to serve with such great people. Just too many to list. (Cynthia)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Cooking Appreciation for hard work Too many more to enumerate…. (Glenn)
  • ability to speak at the drop of a hat…had several Bishoprics ask us to fill in when their usual speakers didn’t show up. The ability to suck up the shyness and present courage when speaking to “strangers”. Smile more. (Karen)
  • I gained the skill to communicate with others, an increase in self confidence, some cooking and sewing skills (that can still use some work), and the ability to share the gospel when one least expects it. (Frank)
  • I came out of my shyness and can now talk to anyone. (Paul)
  • Speaking in Sacrament meetings, teaching Sunday Sschool. Listening to people and being able to approach people without reservations. I’m a little on the shy side. (Cynthia)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • I wish I had been more socially active prior to a mission and had lived away from home. I think it’s important to learn how to work and deal with people as much as you can prior to serving a mission. The vast diversity amongst the missionaries, members, and non-members can be kind of daunting at times. Socially and emotional maturity is very important. (Glenn)
  • Relax a bit more and not be so judgmental of my companions. I definitely was, and that saddens me about myself. Working on that still. I have a hard time just being in the moment. I tend to be a “planner”…ugh. (Karen)
  • I wish that I knew had to be more confident and how to speak more in Spanish when I first started out. Also, I wish that I had more confident in my skills to talk to people in Spanish when I first got out there, so I could him to communicate with the people. Finally, I wish I had known how much proselyting, by knocking on doors without a referral, was so beneficial, since most of our appointments and success came from going to neighborhoods and knocking door to door, when I first got out there, since we had hardly any referrals at the time. (Frank)
  • I wish I knew how strong of a person I really am. (Paul)
  • Went in totally green. Learned a lot, had a great trainer. I think I just went with the flow and accepted things as they came. (Cynthia)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Colorado Denver?

  • Study the Book of Mormon, study the Gospel Principles book, love people love people love people, be patient and calm. (Glenn)
  • Even though I had a firm testimony already before I left…I would say that if you are willing to serve your fellow man…I mean really serve. Just being a good person and physically helping people, then don’t stress so much about having a “testimony” before you go. Relax and allow yourself to experience what ever comes…allow yourself to feel, to listen to the possibility that the gospel might be true…be willing to teach stuff that perhaps you really don’t know yet for certain is true or not…But be willing to follow the rules…they are there for a reason…Even if some might seem irritating or silly at the moment…Enjoy the opportunity and experience…it may be a once in a lifetime one. (Karen)
  • The advice that I can give for any missionaries that are getting ready to go on a mission is that even though you are on a mission. You are still going to encounter a lot of every day like situations and emotions that you would think that you wouldn’t have to worry about. After all, you are going to encounter people that are going to make you angry, sad, desiring to be with them, feelings of love, etc. And, if you are going into the MTC thinking that there will be nothing there to make you feel this way, well you would be wrong. The sad part is, you may encounter some of those feelings, like anger, to be encountered with your companion. For even though, you may are a missionary, you will still have those feelings at times, you just got to do your best to not let them control you. And, even though your companion is a missionary, they are still a person, and are going to behave the way that they are used to or want to behave and that may get on your nerves at times and may cause some confliction, and vice versa. But as long as you work through these issues, and work on making some changes, for the better, you’ll be ok. Its the missionaries that don’t work through them, who let their emotions take control of them, and/or who won’t change, at least a little bit, will find themselves either having a mission that they mostly or completely hated, and/or get sent home from before their time is up. Also, if you and your companion do start to have any problems, try to not to let the members see that, because it can hurt your relationship with them as well. Not to mention that by working through these things, you will be able to develop another valuable skill that will help you before and after you get married. (Frank)
  • Just love who you serve and who you serve with. Loose yourself in the work!!! And enjoy each and every day because your mission goes by so fast. Then it is all a memory. (Cynthia)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • I can not think any funny mistakes that were made when I was speaking in Spanish nor that any one speaking another language made. I just remembered this one time though, when Elder Santizo asked me to recite some old lines from a movie, prior to my mission days, like the movie better off dead, which I would quote to help cheer him up or make him laugh when we be driving to certain place that were an hour away, like Boulder, for some of the Sister missionaries to help make them feel better, since one of them was leaving for home since she was done, and they were sad, and I messed up as I was quoting it. I started off quoting the correct lines, but finished with the lines to another movie, because I was nervous, luckily though neither movie had any bad words and neither one was not inappropriate. lol. (Frank)
  • Not a mistake, but I was in Sunday School when the person next to me asked if I knew how to get a Book of Mormon in Korean, and I pulled one out of my backpack and gave it to him. Yeah, just happened to have one on me that day. (Jon)