The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
FILE - Missionaries sing a hymn during an MTC devotional address by Elder Quentin L. Cook held as part of the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can now call, text or video chat weekly, the First Presidency announced Friday.

This update to guidelines regarding communication between full-time missionaries and their families follows a decades-long tradition of missionaries only calling home twice a year — on Christmas and on Mother’s Day.

Effective immediately, the Church’s 65,000 missionaries are authorized to communicate with their families each week on preparation day by text messages, online messaging, phone calls and video chats, in addition to letters and emails.

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