Calgary Canada Mission

My 18 months as a sister missionary speaking Spanish in Calgary!

Monday, August 15, 2016

It's been an adventure

I am so excited to see you all tomorrow! This week has been the best last week ever! On Thursday I went to my last LTMs with all the Spanish missionaries in Calgary. It was so fun! I got to see the Missionaries in the branch for the last time and say goodbye to them. I have loved serving in the Spanish program! Legit these people are like my brothers and sisters! They are the greatest missionaries ever!
I have spent the whole week meeting with and seeing members for the last time. It's crazy how many of these people have changed my life. I love these people and am sad to leave them but I am grateful for the adventure that I had here in Calgary. I was able to visit Leila and Luis for the last time as well. It was so sweet! I love them both so much! I was able to talk to Karla on the phone because she is out of town and just say goodbye to everyone I love. 
Saturday we went to the temple. It was incredible I have loved having a temple in my mission. My mission was seriously hand picked by the Savior for me I know it. The temple has been such a sanctuary for me and it was so awesome getting to end my mission with a temple trip. I got to see Hermana Dean for the last time and give her a huge hug! I love her so much!! She is such an incredible missionary! I have loved serving with my 3 companions. 
Sunday was such an adventure! I talked to so many people and church and I gave my final talk/testimony. I was super nervous but it was such a privilege to be able to share with the whole ward my testimony. After wards I sang with Hermana Ratliff in relief society (which is super funny because even after 18 months I still can't sing but all is well). Then I went to my last ESL class and got to be with all my students. They are all so cute! They were like "your going back to America? Why? We like Canada? When are you coming back?"  hahaha I was like oh well not for a long time. Then they all started moaning! hahahah I love the ESL class they are the best! Bishop and his wife both called me to say thank you which was my favorite part of last night. It was just so sweet! I really love and respect Bishop Gonzalez! He and his wife are in incredible and it has been a privileged to serve with him. 
The adventure continues. I have love this place so much! This mission has been the most amazing and rewarding thing that I have ever done. I am so grateful the countless opportunities that I had to really know who my Savior was. I have loved working a long side of my Savior and to see how he works with his children! I am excited for the next adventure to come! I don't think I will ever forget this place. It has become so sacred to me. This has been the greatest blessing I could ever ask for. I love you familia. I will see you real soon!

Hermana Allphin

Monday, August 8, 2016

Let's test your faith hermana!

HOLY! This has been one of the busiest weeks on my mission. We had to Zone Training Meeting which were super good. I got to bare my testimony in both of them and it was really awesome! I almost cried in one of them.....hahaha I might burst into tears for my homecoming. It's just really incredible the thing that we learn as missionaries. The mission really is a sacred place for us. So this week I decided that I was going to put forth all my faith to help find people in the others sisters' area while we were on exchanges. Its was so cool! We prayed and just went for it. I made it a goal to legit talk to every single person I saw! Some experiences were really cool....others hahaha well lets just say not everyone is super nice. All is well though because I saw so many miracles! It took all the faith that I had but we saw miracles!! It's so cool how the Lord works. I learned such a valuable lesson that we earn our referrals from everyone including the Lord. But also that the Lord is so merciful! He loves us and he truly walks with us. I have no doubt that he has been with me each and every lesson of the mission. We also had the ward picnic which was so fun and as I was there I realized that the ward was like my family! They treat us like family and they are so loving! It was such an adventure this week. Sometimes its really hard to follow every prompting of the spirit but when we do oh man see miracles. We got to teach a lesson on the street to this man named John. He was carrying he groceries and we ran up to help him. We talked to him for a good 30 minutes, taught the entire Restoration, gave him a Book of Mormon, and he gave us his address to come back. So cool! My call has got to be one of the greatest! I street contact and track in English but all our teaching is done in Spanish. I have learned so many cool things from both Languages. Its been such a blessing! Well family wish me luck this week! It's going to be a great one! Love you so much!!!!
Hermana Allphin

Monday, August 1, 2016


Hola Fam!
Okay are you read for this miracle! Hermana Ratliff and I got this referral from Salt Lake and we finally got an appointment with them. So we called them and they told us that we could come over and share a message on Friday. When we went over the man who answered the door was very kind. He was excited to have us over for dinner and invited us to the back to eat some tacos. When we went to the backyard however we had something we didn't expect. It wasn't only him, his wife, and 4 kids. It was his entire extended family as well. There was 30 people there and they all speak Spanish! They all wanted to talk to us as well. I have never had anything like that happen. Hermana Ratliff and I were able to talk about what we do and talk and meet the entire family. Some of them were visiting from Mexico, but the family members who were visiting gave us their emails so we could stay in touch. I have never ever seen a miracle like that. It was just so amazing because Hermana Ratliff and I had been fasting to find the people who were ready to be taught and baptized. Then out of no where comes this entire family! They already act like members and are SO sweet! It was truly a blessing! I am loving seeing these miracles. It's just really amazing to see how much the Lord changes people. My self included. Today I gave my testimony in my last Zone training meeting and it was just so interesting to reflect on how much the Lord has done for me. I can't wait to see this family again. We have a return appointment on Friday so wish us luck! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH FAMILY! I love you and I hope that you have a wonderful week!
Hermana Allphin

Monday, July 11, 2016

When it rains it pours

Hola fam! 
Hahahahaha I totally forgot that Canadians summers are full of rain. It rains SO much and this week it rained like everyday. Hahaha it makes it an adventure expect for my feet are always wet;) I don't think my shoes are very built for rain. We met with the guy from Venezuela and it was awesome! He reminded me of Luis! He is this sweet little old man and oh man he has so much faith. It's always such a testimony builder to me when I meet people who have so much faith. It like boosts my own faith. He said he was praying so hard to find where the church was so he could go and take the sacrament. He prayed and got the prompting to go to the store. So he got up and went and while he was there he saw the Arbour Lake sisters. He said he didn't know how he was going to talk to him all he knew was that God had put them in his path. So we went up to talk to him (just so you know this guy doesn't speak a WORD of English) and thought "well I don't know how I am going to talk to them but the Lord will provide a way!" So then they called us and we were able to help him over the phone and then meet him this week. Cool huh! We also were walking to an appointment this week when this guy stopped us and said "hey can I ask you a question about Jesus?" we were like uh "yeah for sure! Hahaha that's why we are here." Turns out that he speaks Spanish and we set an appointment with him and had a lesson with him on Sunday. We had to pass him off the Spanish Elders in the Branch because he lives out of our area, but the lesson was still so good. He has so many questions and he said he would read the Book of Mormon! It was awesome! Then the last miracle for the week was that we had two potential lessons in the same neighborhood and these two people both weren't there when we went. It was kind of disappointing but as Hermana Ratliff and I were talking the walk of shame back to the car this family pulled up. We had made the goal to talk to everyone so we started to talk to them. Two of them didn't say a word and dad answered with a very thick accent. We asked were they were from and found out that they were from El Salvador. So we quickly switched to Spanish and had like a 10 minute chat with them. We explained what we do and asked if we could come back and they said yes. But here is the coolest part, the mom gave us her number. She asked for our number and then gave us hers! That never happens! Like Never! We called her last night and have an appointment set up for this week. It's so cool to see how many miracles there are. The Lord love us a lot! Well familia I hope that you have a good week! I love you!
Hermana Allphin

Monday, July 4, 2016

More Pictures

Our 4th of July out fits

canada day pics

An American in Canada;)

Hola fam!
I hope you had a good week and are enjoying the 4th of July! Hermana Ratliff and I are very much representing the United States today! Hahaha sometimes I like being an American! This week was SO busy! Where do I begin.....well we did two zone meeting trainings so that was fun! We had to take the bus all week because we were out of our Kilometers for the we were walking and running to appointments in the rain. Hahaha we had to take the train and the bus too and some of our travel times was like 2 hours. We were traveling down town this week and get on the train and all of the sudden the train stops because it had hit a pedestrian!!! Let me tell you something about Canada there is no jay walking! Canadians walk where ever they want! They are allowed to, it drives me nuts! They little will just walk out in the middle of the street and expect you to stop for them! Even if you are going 60 Kilometers per's crazy! hahaha but it's good it was an adventure. We also walked around the entire east of Calgary to head to an appointment. Hahaha it took a solid 2 hours to get there....hahaha but we contacted a ton of people and two of them were Spanish. We actually had the coolest thing happen this morning. We have been trying to find investigators for everyone so if we find someone Chinese we try to hand signal and call the Mandarin Elders and have them contact them through the phone. So the English sisters did that this morning and we have a potential lesson set up! This family just came from Venezuela 10 days ago and the English sisters contacted them pulled out the phone when they realized they only spoke Spanish and we set up a lesson. Isn't that SO cool! Our zone is really good at working together! We are all working hard to find new people! One of our Members moved back to Vancouver this week and she came by before she left and gave us a whole freezer full of meat. Hahaha it was awesome! So we have been having Pancakes and bacon for breakfast every morning since. We are still working with our investigators and praying to pick up news ones as well! The Lord is amazing!!! Well love you familia! Have a great 4th of July!!! 
Hermana Allphin