The Church in Its Canadian Setting
September 1988

“The Church in Its Canadian Setting,” Ensign, Sept. 1988, 44–45

The Church in Canada

The Church in Its Canadian Setting

The Church in Its Canadian Setting

Historical Sites

  1. Mt. Pleasant—Joseph Smith preached to Freeman Nickerson’s family here. Canada was the only place outside the United States where the Prophet served as a missionary.

  2. Kingston, Sydenham (and Loughborough township), Ernesttown (near present-day Bath)—Areas where the Young brothers taught friends and acquaintances after Brigham and Phineas had traveled to Canada to help convert their brother Joseph.

  3. Elgin, Crosby, Westport, Portland—Areas where John E. Page met with missionary success on his Canadian missions. Elgin was referred to by some Saints as “Little Nauvoo” because some members gathered here before emigrating to the U.S. to join the main body of the Church in Nauvoo, Illinois.

  4. Toronto—Home area for early converts John Taylor, Joseph Fielding, and others who would be instrumental in opening missionary work in the British Isles. Site of first Canadian stake outside Alberta, organized in 1960 while President Thomas S. Monson, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, was serving as mission president here.

  5. Cardston—First LDS settlement in Alberta, and site of first LDS temple outside U.S. or its possessions. It was followed within the next twenty-five years by a number of other small LDS communities in surrounding areas, towns like Aetna, Mountain View, Beazer, Leavitt, Kimball, Magrath, Stirling, Raymond, Taber, Glenwood, and Hill Spring.


1. Brampton Ontario

12. Edmonton Alberta Riverbend

23. Ottawa Ontario

2. Calgary Alberta

13. Ft. Macleod Alberta

24. Raymond Alberta

3. Calgary Alberta North

14. Hamilton Ontario

25. Red Deer Alberta

4. Calgary Alberta South

15. Kitchener Ontario

26. Saskatoon Saskatchewan

5. Calgary Alberta West

16. Lethbridge Alberta

27. Taber Alberta

6. Cardston Alberta

17. Lethbridge Alberta East

28. Toronto Ontario

7. Cardston Alberta West

18. London Ontario

29. Vancouver British Columbia

8. Cranbrook British Columbia

19. Magrath Alberta

30. Vancouver British Columbia South

9. Dartmouth Nova Scotia

20. Montreal Quebec

31. Vernon British Columbia

10. Edmonton Alberta Bonnie Doon

21. Montreal Quebec Mt. Royale

32. Victoria British Columbia

11. Edmonton Alberta Millwoods

22. Oshawa Ontario

33. Winnipeg Manitoba


A. Canada Calgary

C. Canada Montreal

E. Canada Vancouver

B. Canada Halifax

D. Canada Toronto

F. Canada Winnipeg