Here are free resources about the Canada Vancouver Mission:
- Mission address and phone number
- Mission map
- Video interviews with returned missionaries
- Missionary blogs
- Facebook groups
- LDS Mission t-shirts and gifts
- List of past mission presidents
- Cultural articles written by returned missionaries
- Survey with RMs
*Other Mission Pages: Canada LDS Missions.
Canada Vancouver Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Canada Vancouver Mission. We try to keep this info up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.
Canada Vancouver Mission
8440 Williams Rd
Richmond, BC V7A-1G6
Canada Vancouver Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Canada Vancouver Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Vancouver Mission:
Videos with Vancouver RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Canada Vancouver Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Canada
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Canada. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Canada, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Canada Vancouver Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Canada Vancouver Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Canada Vancouver Mission Groups
Here are Canada Vancouver Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Vancouver Mission.
- Canada Vancouver Mission 1999 to 2005 Group (313 members)
- Canada Vancouver Mission Facebook Group (264 members)
- Canada, Vancouver Mission 2011-2017 Group (264 members)
- Canada Vancouver Mission Alumni Group (212 members)
- President Haights, Vancouver Missionaries Group (191 members)
- Canada Vancouver Mission 1995-1998 Group (159 members)
- Vancouver Mission (1986-88) Group (126 members)
- Vancouver Mission Reunion, Pres Kapp Group (113 members)
- Canada Vancouver Mission Facebook Group (29 members)
- Vancouver Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (17 members)
- Vancouver Band of Missionaries, 2005-08 Group (2 members)
Canada Vancouver Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Canada Vancouver Mission!
Shirt designs include Canada Vancouver 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: Canada Vancouver missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Canada Vancouver Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Vancouver LDS Mission.
- 2017-2020, Chi Hong (Sam) Wong
- 2014-2017, Ronald P. Burt
- 2011-2014, Karl Michael Tilleman
- 2008-2011, Kent Kruger Nelson
- 2005-2008, Anthony Wayne Middleton Jr.
- 2002-2005, Steven H. Stewart
- 1999-2002, Robert P. Haight
- 1998-1999, Kenneth Young Knight
- 1995-1998, Sterling D. Colton
- 1992-1995, Heber B. Kapp
- 1989-1992, Robert W. Hill
- 1986-1989, Donald L. Hoskin
- 1983-1986, Ralph Pulman
- 1980-1983, John F. Taylor
- 1977-1980, Steven J. Scott
- 1974-1977, E. Bruce Preece
- 1972-1975, weston F. Killpack
- 1969-1972, Raymond Bowers
- 1966-1969, Arza Hinckley
- 1963-1966, Stewart A. Durrant
- 1960-1963, Milton L. Weilenmann
- 1958-1961, Parley A. Arave
- 1955-1958, Moroni Larsen
Canada LDS Statistics (2016)
- Church Membership: 193,850
- Missions: 7
- Temples: 8
- Congregations: 486
- Family History Centers: 186
Helpful Articles about Canada
Canada Vancouver Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Canada Vancouver RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2013-2015 (Christian)
- 2002-2004 (Nathan)
- 2001-2003 (Kevin)
- 1998-2000 (Velda)
- 1996-1998 (Misa)
- 1994-1996 (Aaron)
- 1994-1996 (Scott)
What areas did you serve in?
- West Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows, Surrey, Terrace, Kamloops. (Christian)
- Surrey (Whalley), Duncan, Westbank, Kamloops, and Nanaimo. (Nathan)
- Served in Vancouver, Canada (British Columbia) in Nanaimo. (Velda)
- Port CoQuitlam, Nanaimo, White Rock, and Victoria. (Misa)
- Parksville, Naniamo, Vernon, Kelowna, Prince George, Quesnel, Burnaby, and Vancouver downtown. (Aaron)
- Vancouver, Kelowna, Surrey, Courtenay. (Scott)
What were some favorite foods?
- Poutine. It’s Canada’s only trademark dish. But man, it’s good. Super unhealthy, but delicious. (Chrisitian)
- Nanaimo bars, pan de sal (Filipino sweet bread), Sikh food (dal, roti, jalebi), and traditional British foods like Yorkshire puddings or lamb with mint jelly. (Nathan)
- The Korean food. (Kevin)
- As senior sisters, we mostly cooked ourselves, but we had some very good cultural foods when we were invited to members. We enjoyed the fish, mostly salmon in Nanaimo. (Velda)
- Indian cuisine, Tongan, Chinese, kimchi, curried chicken and potatoes. (Misa)
- Burgers, pizza, but some Canadian favorites I learned to enjoy: Poutain– which is fries covered in brown gravy. Also, they have at LEAST 50 flavors of potato chips in Canada. USA has maybe 20. (Aaron)
- Pizza and ramen. (Scott)
What was a funny experience?
- Door after door tracting when the Canucks were in the Stanley Cup. “Sorry, the game’s on” was almost like clockwork right after the door would open. (Nathan)
- Watching snow fall into the ocean. Usually, snow is expected 7,000-8,000 feet up in the mountains. But it snows right on the beach in Canada. (Aaron)
- We met an old farmer in Port Coquitlam. As we told him about what we do and teach people and after each sentence he would say “holy crow eh!” (Misa)
- Someone opens a door and their dogs came out and they say come in you two and I thought they were talking to me and my companion. They weren’t. It was funny. (Kevin)
- Getting run over and breaking my foot in 4 places. (Scott)
What was a crazy experience?
- We were at a public library waiting to have a lesson, but the potential investigator stood us up. My companion needed to use the washroom, and so did I. While in my stall, a blonde, long-haired man wearing ghetto clothes (and some studly blue shades) turned to my companion who was washing his hands and asked after a prolonged stare, “So, preaching the word today, are we?” After confirming his assumption, my comp began talking with him about our message. I also spoke with him once I was finished and we had a decent 10 minute discussion about the Restoration. We got his phone number and set a time to meet in a couple of days. All we needed was a prayer! But we were in a restroom. We both knew that it would be interesting for others to see. We went ahead with it anyway, with my comp asking him, “Is it alright if we pray with you?” The man immediately agreed, dropping to his knees. We were just going to stand, but we hesitantly knelt as well. Before we could do anything, he said, “I’ll say it”, and proceeded with the longest, weirdest, silliest and sincere prayer I’ve ever heard a non-member say. His starting sentence, “Lord, I would like to start with forgiveness, for I am a lustful man…” and completely disclosed many of his thoughts and desires for women he had only seen in public places, yet never met personally. He then moved on to asking for the health of his family, his dog, his cat, his doctor, his doctor’s mother, and anyone else he could think of. This while cracking jokes about them and laughing to himself. We knew the inevitable was going to happen soon. Halfway through the prayer, someone opened the washroom door. We could hear the footsteps about to enter the stall area. I thought to myself, “Here. We. Go.” I could tell my companion was laughing silently, and though I couldn’t see his head buried in his arms, his body was bouncing slightly. The footsteps came closer and closer. Once I knew the person could see us, they stopped. I peeked up at their legs (I could only see as high as their knees without them knowing I was watching them). Those feet didn’t move an inch for what seemed like several seconds. Then, ever so slowly, they backed out, retracing their steps as quietly as possible. The faint sound of the door being closed was audible. It was at this moment that I knew I had a great one for the books. (Christian)
- Helping evacuees in Kamloops during the Barrierre fire in 2003. We would take the night shift directing traffic and moving supplies and bedding, etc. Staying up in service all night long was definitely not what I’d thought missionary service would be about. (Nathan)
- Wrestling my companion. He got mad and cracked 2 of my ribs. Good times. (Aaron)
- Getting run over and breaking my left foot in 4 places. (Scott)
What was a spiritual experience?
- A woman we had been teaching for a couple months was set to meet us at a member’s home for dinner and a lesson. This lady had originally been tough to initially contact, but once we got in our first lesson, she was consistent with every lesson after that. We wanted to invite her to be baptized in 3 weeks the end of this lesson. But we also wanted our area to have a baptism at least once in the transfer before my companion went home, which was just over a week away. We had a powerful lesson about the Holy Ghost, and I bore my testimony of the truth of everything we had taught, especially the Book of Mormon. I was prompted then to tell her that I could sense she knew it was true as well. It was a bold move, one that I am glad I took. Once I said it, she immediately affirmed that I was right. We invited her to be baptized in 3 weeks. She declined. She was going to be out of town that weekend. Much to our surprise, she suggested that she be baptized the next Saturday, only two days before my companion was scheduled to return to the mission office in preparations for going home. It was an amazing baptism and conversion. Today she is a strong member of the church and plans to attend the temple soon. She later revealed that every lesson we were scheduled to teach her, she was going to let us go, thinking that she didn’t need to learn about the church anymore, but every time we called to set up or confirm our plans, something would prompt her to just say okay. (Christian)
- We were teaching the non-member husband of a less-active member. He had struggled to quit smoking, but had stopped for a certain number of days when we taught him. As my companion and I both testified to him, he got very quiet, and I asked him what he was feeling. He described a feeling like he was being swallowed up in a wave, and his voice gave no sense of fear. We helped him to identify the Spirit bearing witness to him. It was a sense of love that I can never forget. (Nathan)
- Prayed about which street to tract on. Got no’s several times then both felt like we should go to a certain street. No one was home on the entire street but just as we were finishing, a man was walking on the sidewalk toward us. He had been baptized by his foster family when he was eight, but has never been to church since. We taught him and know we were led to find one of Gods lost sheep as he embraced the teachings of the gospel. (Misa)
- Finding and teaching people. Watching them turn their life around. I am still friends with many of them. One is now a bishop and his wife a seminary teacher. (Aaron)
- My first baptism. (Scott)
What are some interesting facts about the Vancouver Mission?
- Intersection lights are pedestrian controlled; if the intersection is used mostly in one direction, lights will blink green (to indicate controllage) for that direction until a pedestrian or car activates motion sensors. Bathrooms are called washrooms. It’s an unspoken custom to remove shoes when entering a home, though most of the time hosts would tell us not to worry about it as we tried to take them off. Paper money is not paper, but plastic (and durable). There is no such thing as plastic units of one or two dollars, but instead coins called “loonies” and “toonies”. Shopping carts must have a coin inserted before use. You may retrieve your coin after shopping by plugging it into other carts. (Christian)
- It is the size of California, Oregon and Washington combined. Did not have a temple in the mission when I was there, though there is one in Langley now. Extremely diverse, I learned how to introduce myself in Chinese, Tagalog, Punjabi, Korean and Spanish. Even got to bear my testimony in German while in Kelowna! (Nathan)
- Lots of Chinese people and other ethnic backgrounds. Hardly anyone spoke French in British Columbia. (Misa)
- Huge geographic mission. One transfer, I was driven to Vancouver International airport and flew 2 hours north on a 737. The mission president had to drive 17 hours to get to our zone. It would have only taken 15 to get to Salt Lake City. Hence, they told us: You are farther from the mission office than the mission office is from Church HQ in Utah. (Aaron)
- We had the Knapps, Sister Knapp was the Relief Society President to the entire church at one time. (Scott)
What was the weather like?
- Depends on where you are. It’s tropical in the city, cloudy most of the year, rain half and half, snows like two inches in January and then it’s gone. If you’re more inland, weather is desert-ish. Up north, it gets insanely warm during the summer, and insanely cold during the winter. (Christian)
- My winters were spent on Vancouver Island (Duncan and Nanaimo) so I never got that cold, but definitely wet. Summers in the lower mainland are stunningly beautiful, while the interior is also gorgeous, but it can get pretty warm there. (Nathan)
- Cold in the winter and can be 100 degrees in the summer. (Kevin)
- In Nanaimo, it was like spring most of the time , but overcast a lot all the time. Very humid. When it rained it was very fine and gentle. (Velda)
- Wet. Rainy most of the year but very green. Humid and cool. (Misa)
- Usually sunny inland. Usually cloudy on the Island or in the Vacouver metro area. (Aaron)
- Rained a lot. (Scott)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- The Canadian stereotype that most Canadians are nice and polite is actually true. In Vancouver, the city is next to the ocean, but also in the middle of a forest, with mountains on the other side. So much green. Every city is very multi-cultural as a results of Canada’s immigration popularity. (Christian)
- I know this will sound simplistic. I do not doubt prophetic inspiration in mission calls. It was where I was supposed to be. (Nathan)
- The diversity. (Misa)
- Rugged, normal, down-to-earth people. Most people would talk to us on the busses or at their door, even if they didn’t take a lesson. (Aaron)
- Some were nice. (Scott)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- If you head up north, wait to buy your coat until you get there. You might not even need it during certain months of the year. You will need clothing for high and low temperatures, particularly humid temperatures. (Christian)
- Get a decent coat, including a trench coat for the rain. (Nathan)
- Clothes that are specific may be better to buy in Canada. (Kevin)
- Light raincoats. (Velda)
- Water proof, comfortable shoes. Heavy coat. (Misa
- You get acclimated quickly. I imagined needing a parka and deep-expedition gear. But 80 percent of the time, I wore a short-sleeved shirt and no jacket. (Aaron)
- Pack an umbrella, bring a trench coat as well. (Scott)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- I became much closer to my Heavenly Father and learned how to listen to the prompting of the Spirit, something that many people I taught on my mission (and the rest of the world) struggles to do. I learned how to forget my needs and turn to service. Having served a mission has helped my testimony grow in a way that is only acquired in the service of God. I have greater trust in God’s ways and direction. (Christian)
- My mission has literally influenced every single aspect of my life to date. In fact, my wife and I still hold companionship inventory. (Nathan)
- While I was in on my mission Nanamo, I was blessed with 6 grandchildren and two great, grandchildren. The Lord has blessed them with peace in their homes and great testimonies of the gospel. (Velda)
- Too many to list. I learned how to love and connect with people, resolve conflicts and strengthen my testimony. (Misa)
- I learned mostly about myself. I learned that I am a “follower” when it comes to housekeeping: with a sloppy companion, I didn’t care about dishes or laundry. With a neat freak, I had no problem following along and keeping things clean. I also learned that things I thought were important really weren’t like CD collections and video games. (Aaron)
- A great family, the ability to handle trials. (Scott)
What are some skills you gained?
- I became comfortable talking with strangers and being naturally social. I know how to handle a conversation much better than before. I learned how to get along with people who had different ways of doing things, especially those whom I have to remain with all the time. (Christian)
- Patience and listening. We had a First Nations (native) investigator who would pause for ten to fifteen seconds before answering a question. I learned a lot from her. (Nathan)
- Social, being able to talk to just about anyone. (Kevin)
- Teaching, contacting, memorizing, resolving concerns, communication, follow up, and committing. (Misa)
- I can walk up to anyone and talk to them. I learned that people almost ALWAYS want to. Talk about their family, where they have traveled or their hobbies. Just have to find out what their passion is. Once you do, and talk about it for awhile, they ask why you are there, what you do, etc. (Aaron)
- Talking to others, determination as well. (Scott)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- I wish I could have been bolder and left more commitments. I also wish I was more relaxed when talking with people, especially strangers. (Christian)
- More personal prayer. My communication skills with the Father should have been well developed by the time I went. They weren’t. (Nathan)
- Relaxed more and talked to more people. (Misa)
- You cannot fake interest. People KNOW, deep down, if you really care about them. If you just learn to love the people and their city, success is easy. (Aaron)
- How many people will turn you down when you knock on doors. (Scott)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Vancouver?
- When you get into an argument with your companion (because it will happen), remain calm. Being aggressive only invites them to mimic you. If you are calm, they will likely control their behavior. Once you state your opinion about the matter, ask them how they feel. (Christian)
- Don’t let the vast diversity of tongues and cultures deter you. I know that they are all in need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Nathan)
- Do it! Study hard, work hard, never give up! Trust in God! (Misa)
- A mission is about teaching the gospel, not about numbers. I am REALLY glad I got a mission NOT around the world. (I’m from California). I always imagined going somewhere half-way around the earth, but, years later, I have returned to my mission 6 times. I have attended baptisms, ordinations, weddings and funerals of people I loved. I’ve gone camping with my converts!! I’ve taken my wife and kids to see some of the places and people! None of that would be possible if I had to buy expensive airfare and travel around the globe today. (Aaron)
What was a funny language mistake?
- I was on an exchange with a missionary who was originally assigned Chinese, but his current area was an english assigned area. He was always looking for opportunities to use his Chinese. While contacting, he saw a family of four who looked very Chinese, and excitedly began speaking with them. I am part Chinese by blood, but do not speak mandarin; just english. The family was quite surprised that the american-looking missionary was speaking fluent mandarin, so they turned to me and began asking questions in mandarin, assuming that I could speak it. Before I could tell them anything, the american missionary cut them off and said something to them in mandarin, to which the family looked at me and said in broken english, “Oh, very talented! Very talented!”, and gestured in bowing motions with their head and hands. After more conversation, they left. I asked my exchange-companion what he told them. He replied, “Oh, since you don’t speak Chinese, and to save you from embarrassment, I told them all you can speak is Russian!” (Christian)
- I did ask if I could use the bathroom at a members home. They asked, “why, do you want to take a bath?” They call it the washroom. (Misa)