Date

February 18, 2019

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Announcing Changes to Missionary/Family Communications

Dear Families,

We are thrilled to have received guidance from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that will allow families to have greater involvement in the missionary experience.

Effective immediately, missionaries now have more options to communicate with their families on their weekly preparation day. Your missionary will have preparation day every Monday except for change week when it will be Tuesday.

Missionaries may communicate via text messages, online messaging, phone calls and video chat (Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.) in addition to letters and emails. Regular communication with their families is an important part of a missionary’s service.

Family members are asked not to initiate calls or chats but instead should wait for the missionary to contact them on his or her weekly preparation day. If a missionary’s parents live in different locations, he or she may contact each parent separately.

It is not expected that all missionaries will call or video chat with their parents every week. The precise manner of communication is left up to the missionary as he or she decides what will best meet their needs.

In addition to weekly communication, missionaries are also encouraged to contact family on other special occasions such as Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and parents’ birthdays, and other holidays that are significant in the missionary’s home country or culture.

Please note the following:

1. If a family needs to contact the missionary directly, they should contact the mission president first.

2. Missionaries and families should be wise in considering the duration of phone calls and video chats. In making these decisions, they should be considerate of their companions and keep in mind the purpose of their service.

3. Missionaries should choose cost-effective methods of communication so they can stay within their monthly budget. They may use Wi-Fi at Church buildings, internet cafes, and other public facilities to initiate online messaging and video chats with their families.

4. Missionaries should not use member phones, tablets or computers.

We are grateful to serve with the most obedient and dedicated missionaries in the world! We love them and trust them completely. They are working miracles in the Uruguay Montevideo West Mission. We are excited to see how this change will bless each missionary and his or her family.

Enjoy Monday with your missionary!

Love,
President and Sister Olsen


Presidente Ryan K. Olsen
Mision Uruguay Montevideo Oeste




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