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Published: Tuesday, April 16 2013 5:10 p.m. MDT

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West Jordan, Utah

"Email should be accessed on computers in public places, and never in a place where the missionary's companion can't see the computer screen." That quote says it all for me. I get the many concerns and considerations for rules but the paranoia is in full effect again.

I might have been okay with one or two of my companions seeing a certain percentage of my communications with friends and family, but I wouldn't want any of them hovering over my mail. That said mail was all we had when I served 23 years ago. There was no letter e to start the complicated mail accessible issues).


I am almost a member and just got a call today that one of the missionaries assisting me is being transferred. I'm glad he will be able to keep in touch and has permission to come back to participate in my baptism next week.

Roy, UT

As did so many others, I served a Mission at a time when there were no allowed Mothers Day or Christmas or any other calls home, no emails or any other way save "snail mail" (Was in Japan). There was a spiritual upside to that, also at times, an emotional challenge that drove one to knees in disperate prayer, relying more on The Lord for all things, needed blessings concerning home...I wonder if this newer more open communication opportunity will help 18 yr old Elders cope, as well as that it may be a wonderful sharing of the missionary experience...it feels right to me, even given the loss of the more Spartan-like isolation of the past.

KTC John
Wetumpka, AL

The next step is to allow ward mission leaders and members of the bishopric and priesthood quorums and groups to communicate with fulltime missionaries by e-mail to their smart phones with regard to missionary related matters. It would make my life as a ward mission leader much easier and cause the work to go forward more successfully.

Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT

This will be a disaster for many Elders and Sisters.


This is good news! I remember on my mission almost 15 years ago where we got the specific announcement that we were specifically prohibited from using email. Nowadays, everyone communicates by email. If you get a missionary who comes from the Eastern United States who has lots of friends who aren't members of the church, this is a much easier way to share about what's going on on your mission and what you're doing so they can understand more about the church.

Cache county, USA

This is a bad move.
Sorry, it just is.
Not all missionaries are built alike.

Springville, Ut

About time. Missionaries were all ready doing this in many missions where the mail service was unreliable.

Gotta love the comments coming from those same people who criticize LDS supporters of same-sex marriage, LDS Democrats, and the Provo citizens who asked the MTC not build the 9-story building. Now, they feel fine saying this decision will be a "bad move" and a "disaster". No hypocrisy there!

Lancaster, CA

Again, I think "it's about time." My daughter has been writing a friend in Brazil who for 3 months was in an area that he couldn't send out any "snail mail." She was so discouraged that she almost stopped writing him. Then she received three letters in one envelope. He had been transferred. Yes, this can be a distraction for some missionaries (I've seen one in my area who writes 12 letters on p-days) But, I think it's reasonable.

Lancaster, CA

gdog3finally- The companions just need to be "in sight" of the screen, not hovering over, scanning every work their comp writes. Same rules applies with their skype communications, if they are allowed that for Mother's Day and Christmas. However, I do understand about levels of trust. It's a hard balance to find. I understand both sides.


It will only be a disaster if the missionary choose to be so.
Rules were made to be obeyed.

Vienna, Austria, Vienna

Emails are, of themselves, neutral. They can be used to uplift and edify, to comfort and to share the joy and burden of mission; they can also negatively impact on the young ones..distracting them from concentrating fully on serving the Lord.
I think that this opportunity with emails will enhance these fine young men´s and women´s choice-making-qualities relative to their priorities in the mission-field.
I hope this helps our young missionaries grapple better with the emotional and other challenges encountered during full-time missionary service.

Idaho Falls, ID

This may mean families will fall down the priority list and may get shorter emails than the friends and girlfriends. I hope mission presidents will counsel the missionaries to give full attention to their families first and follow up with friends if there is still time.

My guess is that the ones who will misuse this privilege are already breaking the rules.

Fern RL

As I envision it, two missionaries would have to be on neighboring computers in a public place so each of them could be "in plain sight" of the other one's screen--more of a logistics problem in a crowded place than a snooping problem, because each of them may be wanting to send out a high volume of emails. It will be much better than having to write out a multitude of actual letters by hand for snail mail delivery.


Why is everyone talking about levels of trust, etc? It's going through a filtered service set up by the Church. If I was a missionary right now, I would err on the side of caution and assume the Church is seeing everything I write.

Provo, UT

which has been going on for years.

Window Rock, AZ

Missionaries aren't as tough as they used to be. Used to be more like an adventure on how to survive on your own with only hand written letters to home. Thought this was the place to really break the tie with mama and show your parents that you can really make it on your own. How ridicules and disappointing.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

I don't get why the naysayers think this will be a disaster....there were no rules before about snail mailing friends, girlfriends, priesthood leaders, etc. Why should it make a difference that now you can correspond with the same people and say the same things by e-mail?

Are you afraid that missionaries are going to spend too much time writing e-mails to their girlfriends? Before today they were spending just as much time writing them letters.
Are you afraid that missionaries will be subject to receiving inappropriate photos? Before today you could send a missionary inappropriate photos in a letter. It's probably better now because e-mail content is filtered.

There is nothing different here than what has been going on for years already...now it's just digital instead of analog.

Thomasville, GA

I think this is a mistake. The Internet is just too dangerous for the young missionaries. Also, although I trust the intentions of our missionaries, non-members of the opposite sex could "misinterpret" the smiles and kindness of missionaries. I hope missionary emails will be monitored to "weed out" predators who may contact them.

Big Red '93
The High Plains of, Texas

Served in Mexico over 3 decades ago. Got transferred once and didn't get a single letter for 6 weeks. I survived by keeping my mind on the work.

Different times now. It's all about electronic communications and speed at which we get information. Sometimes too much information is worse than too little. Just have to live with it, I guess.

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