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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Writing To Full Time LDS Missionaries

Brothers and Sisters:

I just now learned of the DEAR ELDER web site, which makes it easy for us to compose and send letters to full time missionaries of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints.

For some missions, delivery is free, while others require varying expense for postage, depending on location.

I used my credit card to create an account, because the missionaries I'll be corresponding with are in mission fields which do require postage for delivery of mail.

A full time sister missionary has not yet left the Mission Training Center in Provo, Utah, so letters to her are delivered free.

When she departs the Mission Training Center, her particular mission field does require postage for mail delivery.

A letter to an elder serving here in Washington, D.C. also requires postage for delivery.

This web site also permits purchasing and shipping of Care Packages for the full time missionaries.

The contents of the Care Packages will vary, depending on which mission field it is destined for.

Night parachute drops in hostile areas are slightly extra, and the price may increase, depending on how much ammunition is expended during the operation.

Even though I'm merely joking, as an old military war veteran, it suddenly occurs to me that the creators of this web site ought to include access to Latter-day Saint military personnel, since it is official Church policy (which unfortunately, is too often ignored) that Latter-day Saints serving in the Armed Forces are to be accorded the same status as full time missionaries.

In that regard, I just now finished e-mailing an inquiry to the managers of that web site.

Some full time missionaries, and some mission fields, have web sites posted.

In addition to Missionary Stories, there's also a collection of "Dear John" letters!

I've taken advantage of this opportunity, and written my first letters to two full time missionaries.

Thank you.

John Robert "SAIGON" Mallernee, KB3KWS
Official Bard of Clan Henderson
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

NOTE: "My unpopular and controversial personal opinions are independent of my Scottish clan."

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