Colorado Springs is placed between the mountains of the West, deserts of the South, and plains of the East. Winters can be extreme, especially if serving in the mountain side of the mission. Colorado Springs is also one of the most lightning prone cities in the world (for unknown reasons). The people of Colorado typically have Christian-based religious ideas and are known for their active outdoor lifestyle. Church growth and retention are moderate.
There are nearly 150,000 members of the Church in the state of Colorado, composed of over 30 stakes. Colorado is divided among four missions: Denver North, Denver South, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins mission. Retention rate is average. Converts with callings are more likely to be retained.
CLIMATE: The climate of Colorado can be quite cold. Colorado is mountainous and rests directly in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Winters can be extreme. Colorado Springs is at a high elevation, and snow is frequent and heavy during the long winters. In desert and plain areas, snow can be frequent but light (and fast to melt). Rarely does the temperature rise above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Food in Colorado is much like the typical cuisine of the United States. Because Colorado is cold, many missionaries are served soups, potatoes, and roasts in winter months. Burger joints, fast food, and American style restaurants are common.
Some missionaries have cars, but missionaries should expect to bike during the duration of the mission. Missionaries in colder or larger areas are more likely to have cars. Public transportation may be used in downtown Colorado Springs, but most missionaries spend more time biking or walking to appointments.
Colorado is a very safe place. Stay close to the spirit and be obedient to both mission rules and the white handbook and you should be safe. Also make sure to take standard safety precautions on preparation day and when doing service for others. Accidents can happen anyplace and the Lord expects you to take care of yourself even while serving on a mission. Missionaries should be aware of petty theft or mugging. Though this is a rarety, it is most likely to happen in downtown areas.
Pueblo has the state fair (great for street contacting) and chili days, alamosa celebrates the 24th of July, there is always something going on in springs.
You will pick up some American mid-west slang as well as some Spanish slang.
Essential Equipment: The biggest thing – a warm coat! There is a freezing wind that comes down from Canada during the winters and you will want/need a very warm coat! Winter gloves, and a sturdy water bottle are also highly recommended.
Colorado Colorado Springs Mission 4090 Center Park Drive, Suite 4
Colorado Springs, CO 80916