December 25, 2014

Canada Winnipeg Mission

Here are free resources about the Canada Winnipeg Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Canada LDS Missions.

Canada Winnipeg Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Canada Winnipeg 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 Winnipeg Mission
505 Academy Road,
Winnipeg MB R3N 0C9
Canada

Phone Number: 1-204-775-0466
Mission President: President Kirk M. Thomas

Canada Winnipeg Mission Map

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

  1. Log into your LDS account here.
  2. Click here.

Videos with Winnipeg RMs

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

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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.

LDS Church  places  history  food  nature  language  mission calls  time lapses  Cities

Canada Winnipeg Missionary Blogs

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

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

Mission Alumni mission.net/canada/winnipeg 2016
Sister Riley Nelson missiongirl15.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Mackenzie Russell sisterkenzierussell.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Riley Nelson cowboyonamission.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Brendan Nicholes eldernicholeswinnipeg.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Cole Madsen eldercolemadsen.wordpress.com 2016
Sister Margaret Hudson justadashofnutmeg.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Eli Farnsworth eliinwinnipeg.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Jacie Smith redheadedsisteronamission.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Maddyson Martin sistermaddymartin.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Seth Tomlinson eldersethtomlinson.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Jenna Heinzlmeir brothisbecray.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Savanah Anderson sistersavanahanderson.weebly.com 2015
Sister Shelby Brey sistershelbyleebrey.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Ethan Denkers elderethandenkers.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Ricky Banovich missionsite.net/elderrickybanovich 2015
Elder Shane Dola eldersjdola.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Taegan Hutchinson fromthefloorofanylifeileadtoday.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Ashley du Plessis sisterduplessis.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Chris Lyons elderchrislyons.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Jessalyn Harrison sisterjessalynharrison.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Reggie Allen sisterallencwm.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Jacob Turner jacobturner21.wordpress.com 2014
Sister Kaitlin Veylupek sisterveylupeksadventures.wordpress.com 2014
Elder Robert Clark robertclarkmission.blogspot.com 2014
Elder JJ Schmidt elderschmidtwinnipeg.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Cuauhtemoc Olguin Jr. elderolguin.blogspot.com 2013
Elder TJ Galbraith missiontowinnipeg.blogspot.com 2012
Elder & Sister Basting bastingmission.blogspot.com 2012
Sister Crystal Horning thegail.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Chandler Smith chandlerdavidsmith.blogspot.com 2011
Sister Noelle Reid sisternoellereid.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Paul Turner elderpturner.blogspot.com 2011

Canada Winnipeg Mission Groups

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

  1. Canada Winnipeg Mission Facebook Group (623 members)
  2. Canada Winnipeg Mission 2012-2015 Group (487 members)
  3. Canada Winnipeg Mission (President Layton) Group (128 members)
  4. Winnipeg Mission: President Marion 2003-06 Group (125 members)
  5. Canada Winnipeg Mission Facebook Group (62 members)
  6. Winnipeg Mission Reunion (Pres. Christensen 91-94) Group (2 members)

Canada Winnipeg Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Canada Winnipeg Mission!

Shirt designs include Canada Winnipeg 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 Winnipeg missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Winnipeg Mission gifts

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Canada Winnipeg Mission Presidents

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

  1. 2015-2018, John N. Craig
  2. 2012-2015, Kirk M. Thomas
  3. 2009-20012, Sidney C. Paulsen
  4. 2006-2009, Judd D. Morgan
  5. 2003-2006, Melvin J. Marion
  6. 2000-2003, David Clove
  7. 1997-2000, R. Dean Layton
  8. 1994-1997, Lorin J. Mendenhall
  9. 1991-1994, Jess L. Christensen
  10. 1988-1991, Karl Keeler
  11. 1985-1988, John D. Jeffrey
  12. 1982-1985, Hugh V. Bird
  13. 1979-1982, T. Lavoy Esplin
  14. 1976-1979, Howard Lund

Canada LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 193,850
  • Missions: 7
  • Temples: 8
  • Congregations: 486
  • Family History Centers: 186

Helpful Articles about Canada

Coming soon..

Canada Winnipeg Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Canada Winnipeg 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?

  • 2010-2012 (Brent)
  • 2013-2015 (Shane)
  • 2002-2004 (Brittany)
  • 1993-1995 (Pete)
  • 2007-2009 (Paul)
  • 1980-1982 (Greg)
  • 1993-1994 (Annmarie)
  • 2001-2003 (Paul)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Brandon, MB, Saskatoon, SK, Winnipeg, MB, Regina, SK. (Brent)
  • Brandon, Dryden, Weyburn, Regina, Winnipeg, Carry The Kettle. (Shane)
  • Regina, Winnipeg and Roseau, Minnesota. (Brittany)
  • Moose Jaw, Balcarres, Regina, Cut Knife, Winnipeg. (Pete)
  • Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Thompson. (Paul)
  • Winnipeg, Thompson, Regina, Saskatoon, Pia Pot. (Greg)
  • Winnipeg, Fort Francis, Regina, Brandon. (Annmarie)
  • Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Kindersley, Flin Flon, Regina, Winnipeg east, Brandon, Regina. (Paul)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Pierogis, PC Burgers, PC Chips (especially Tandori BBQ and Smokin’ Stampede), and White Cheddar Mac. (Brent)
  • Anything was fine as long as it wasn’t cabbage rolls. (Brittany)
  • Pirogues, cabbage roles, (pork and beans, spaghetti with Prego sauce when no members feed). (Pete)
  • Steak, Moose, Perogies, Mexican. (Paul)
  • The fresh blueberry pie in Thompson . The Christmas pies in Saskatoon. (Greg)
  • Wunder bars, canadian peanut butter, and oh there was a dessert they made its leaving me but it was like chocolate, on top of a cream on top of more chocolate, or something it was to die for. (Annmarie)
  • Roast Beef, pierogies, shepherd’s pie. (Paul)

What was a funny experience?

  • A little kid approached one day while we were tracking and showed us his ornate drawings of several sea creatures he’d created with lined paper and crayons. He assured us that the drawings were worth millions of dollars. He even showed us his signature at the bottom and told us they were copyrighted material. “If they were any more real”, he concluded, “these creatures would hop right off the paper and eat you whole”. For being five or six years old, this child was surprisingly articulate. As soon as he related his tale to us, he went back up the street into his house and we never saw him again. (Brent)
  • Someone is always slipping on ice and snow! (Brittany)
  • Tracting in an -80 degree snow storm. Getting stuck in a blizzard on New Year’s Eve. Gas lines on the truck froze. (Pete)
  • My trainee being from Cali had never seen snow coming out in the dead of winter. He slipped on his back about 5 times a day. (Paul)
  • We were in Fort Francis and the elders were farther out living in a chapel. We went there with a member to cut down a Christmas tree, and we went sliding down an old ski hill in plastic garbage bags. (Annmarie)
  • Watching a member correct a new missionary on how to pronounce Regina. (Paul)

What was a crazy experience?

  • While tracting in a lower income neighborhood a group of five drunken individuals stopped and got out of their smoking car. One of them, more drunk than the rest approached us and insisted that we drive him and his buddies out to Moose Jaw (we were in Saskatoon). We told him we couldn’t do that and he got quite angry. He then put my companion in a headlock and said he wouldn’t let go until we took him and his friends to our car. His other buddies (who were more sober) kept trying to get him to let go of my companion, but he only tightened his grip. At one point he threatened to break his arm unless we drove him there, to which we tried to placate him by walking him over to our “car”. At that point he loosened his grip on my companion who then slipped away. We darted away as quickly as we could while he attempted to follow. Thanks to his drunken condition, however, he fell face first into the snow only moments into the chase. The others didn’t follow and we escaped unscathed. (Brent)
  • I was one of the first sisters (that I know of) to leave the city and serve in Minnesota! (Brittany)
  • Snow storms! (Pete)
  • Someone approached us aggressively and putting his face close to mine he said, ‘I’ve killed people’. When I opened my mouth to say something he said, ‘don’t talk to me’, and walked away. (Paul)
  • Was almost trampled by a herd of wild horses in the Fort Quapell Valley. (Greg)
  • Tracting into a house full of boys that my companion didn’t feel we should do a call back on and find out 2 months later it was a half way house for juvenile offenders. (Annmarie)
  • When we drove from Winnipeg to Regina through a white out blizzard. (Paul)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • My first area in the mission, Brandon, Manitoba, was populated with many immigrants from South America. I had no experience teaching in Spanish and was under the impression I’d be teaching in English throughout my time in Canada. Thanks to some dedicated research as well as hands-on experience teaching many families, I was finally able to convey basic gospel principles in Spanish. After leaving the area, I never again had to use what I’d learned. Without having used it for over a year, I regrettably forgot most of what I’d learned. It wasn’t until near the end of my mission that I went back through Brandon and met up with one of the Colombian families we’d taught and baptized near the outset of my mission. The fellow I was on splits with didn’t know any Spanish and I tried my best to remember what I’d learned the year before. Our attempts to make small talk with them before the lesson were entirely unsuccessful. Immediately following the opening prayer, however, everything came back. I suddenly remembered everything I’d learned and more, and taught one of the best Spanish lessons of my entire mission. Delighted with my re-acquisition of the language, I attempted to talk with them about their situation after the lesson. After the closing prayer had been said, however, I realized that I’d forgotten the language just as quickly as it had come. This experience confirmed to me the power of the Gift of Tongues. (Brent)
  • Great member missionaries. (Pete)
  • 5 cars making their way to Regina from Saskatoon for a zone conference when a huge blizzard blew up. We couldn’t see the road and went off the side a few times. All 20 missionaries got out and pulled the car back on the road each time. One time we couldn’t get the car back on the road. We were stuck. We all huddled in a circle in -30C temperature with a colder windchill, the snow hitting out faces like bullets. We said a prayer and pulled the car easily onto the road. The best part was helping other people stuck in the blizzard. 20 young men in suits running towards you to help will not easily be forgotten to the people we helped. It took 5 hours to finally reach Regina which is usually a 2 hour journey. (Paul)
  • Riding a Greyhound bus by myself and being inspired to share a Book of Mormon with a someone. The story is too long to tell here, but it was special. (Annmarie)
  • When Elder Nelson came and divided the Saskatoon Stake.  (Paul)

What are some interesting facts about the Winnipeg Mission?

  • Winnipeg, Manitoba is the windiest city in the entire world. There is a corner in downtown Winnipeg, Portage and Main, where people have been lifted off their feet and tossed about when the wind is particularly harsh. (Brent)
  • One of the biggest and coldest missions in the world. The sparsest populated mission probably. (Paul)
  • We were called the key stone mission because of where we were located, and it was huge. (Annmarie)
  • It is the largest land base mission. It would cover most of the USA. There is a very large native population in the mission with some branches just consisting of Native Americans. (Paul)

What was the weather like?

  • Very cold, with the exception of the summer months and early October. The coldest day I experienced was -58 degrees Celsius. (Brent)
  • COLD in winter, hot and humid in summer. (Brittany)
  • Cold. (Pete)
  • In summer hot and dry up to 40C. the temperature dips to 0 at around Halloween. Then it dips to -20 until Dec where it dips to -30 – -40 until march when it starts to warm up. Snow will melt in April. We may have been there for colder than average winters in 07-09. The coldest day was -58 with windchill in Saskatoon. (Paul)
  • Very cold. (Greg)
  • Cold in winter, and too warm in summer. (Annmarie)
  • Winter COLD!!!! -40 is the average during the winter and during the summer it depends on where you are serving. If you are in Saskatchewan, then it is a dry summer. If you are in any other part of the mission, then it is humid. (Paul)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • They are the most polite people (with rare exception) you’ll ever meet. Canadians know how to treat other people very well. (Brent)
  • Canadians are nice people. (Brittany)
  • Got to teach first nations who are great people. The Canadians are nice on the whole. Never really felt my safety was threatened. Loved experiencing extremes of temperature. (Paul)
  • Friendly, kind, sincere. Some areas loved the missionaries so much I never had to cook. In one area, seven families each had “their” day to feed the missionaries, and whoa betide us if we went somewhere else. (Annmarie)
  • They are friendly. and help you out…depending on the area, you can have dinner appointments every night. (Paul)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Don’t buy your coat until you get up there. The U.S. equivalent doesn’t hold a candle to what the Canadians have come up with to combat the cold weather: think of the best quality down-feathered coat, sheathed in pliable armor. (Brent)
  • Bring wool socks, a heavy snow coat, several scarves, snow hats and gloves. Hand warmers and boots are a must. Winters are freezing (think -40 on average) and several feet of snow. (Brittany)
  • Buy a parka when you get there. (Pete)
  • Buy your coat when you get there they are rated by temperature. Buy a -50C rated one. It’ll be warmer than anything you’ve ever had. Also buy boots when you arrive. And thick socks. (Paul)
  • Dress warm. (Greg)
  • Dress warm. Sturdy boots, get a hockey bag, and long underwear garments if you are a freeze baby. (Annmarie)
  • Winter supplies are a necessity unless you are from the south like me then wait until you get there. Good walking shoes also. (Paul)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • Patience, Charity, Humility, Knowledge, and Appreciation for life experiences. (Brent)
  • The ability to talk to anyone. (Brittany)
  • Made me love the country enough to go back to study for a while. I met and married a Canadian from Alberta. (Paul)
  • Temple marriage, example to family that was struggling. (Annmarie)
  • A greater love for the people there and also my testimony grew and a better understanding of how the church works. (Paul)

What are some skills you gained?

  • The ability to approach complete strangers and be very personable with them. I’ve also learned how to manage my time and organize my life very effectively. (Brent)
  • The ability to talk to anyone. (Brittany)
  • Taught me many skills including study skills, leadership, teaching, social skills, how to develop spiritually. (Paul)
  • Patience, service oriented. (Annmarie)
  • I am more open and it is easier for me to talk to people, plus my understanding of the gospel grew a lot out there. (Paul)

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

  • I wish I knew how to speak Spanish. Boy that would have helped when I was serving in Brandon, Manitoba. (Brent)
  • It’s hard physically, spiritually AND emotionally. (Brittany)
  • I wish I helped the members do the missionary work. (Pete)
  • I understand that life bring about experiences where you learn from them. I don’t regret anything I did at any part of my mission even if it wasn’t a good experience because I learned something from it. (Paul)
  • How to fit in. How to dress. How to teach better. (Annmarie)
  • I wish I understood native American culture better. (Paul)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Winnipeg?

  • Read Preach My Gospel many times over before you enter the MTC. That is the bread and butter of your mission experience. Get comfortable with talking to other people you don’t know. You’ll do a lot of that. (Brent)
  • It will be hard and you will feel like the missionaries all speak a different language (even though it’s English). You will adjust and you’ll do great. (Brittany)
  • Be obedient, have fun, don’t be a robot, Study the scriptures as often as you can. If you know the scriptures people will respond positively. (Paul)
  • Train hard, learn fast and share what you know.  (Annmarie)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Instead of saying “Will you live the Law of Chastity?” in Spanish, we said “You will live the Law of Chastity” to a man we were teaching. He responding by saying “no, I’m not”. We were thoroughly embarrassed. (Brent)
  • Call napkins serviettes instead of napkins. You can thank me later. (Paul)