Ben said he would love some actual letters. Seems like a great Christmas present for him, so I am sharing here the two options for mailing him a letter. If anyone has any problems with either of these methods, let me know so we can figure out how to fix it.
OPTION 1: The Church has a pouch mail system where you use one US stamp and mail it to Utah and they package them up and deliver them to Argentina. Here is the POUCH address and the guidelines:Elder Benjamin Thomas ShefferArgentina Bahia Blanca MissionP.O. Box 30150Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150
You can send two kinds of letter through the pouch: either a postcard or a letter on one side of a single sheet of paper. These are the only types of correspondence the pouch mail service will accept. The service does not accept envelopes or packages.If you are using a piece of paper, the sheet should be folded into three parts, as is commonly done to insert a letter into a business envelope. The top edge of the sheet should be fastened with tape on the top edge only, no closer than one inch to either side. They recommend a single 8 1/2-inch x 11-inch sheet of 20-pound paper (the equivalent of paper used in most copiers).Write your return address in the top left corner. Apply a US postage stamp to the top right corner of the tri-folded paper or post card, and mail it to Church headquarters at this address, printed in the middle.
OPTION 2: If you want to mail a letter directly to Ben, this should be the address to the mission home, so it will work his whole mission. Due to new customs regulations, packages can’t be sent. There are US based couriers that can get packages to the missionaries down there. I believe you can buy a forever stamp for international mail and it runs $1.10, at least that is what I was told recently. I plan to go soon and buy some stamps.
Elder Benjamin ShefferArgentina Bahía Blanca MissionChacabuco 17558000 Bahia BlancaBuenos AiresArgentina