First let me say that I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. That is the actual and proper name for our church. Our church is often referred to as the LDS Church, or the Mormon Church. This series of posts was at the request of some of my friends on Facebook. You can read more about that here–on my Landing Page or introduction for the Write 31 Days Challenge.
Missionaries do not have a lot of contact with their families back at home. In fact, they are only able to call home twice per year. Once on Mother’s Day, and once for Christmas. These days, the calls are a little more exciting because they are most often done on Skype or FaceTime. So instead of just hearing their voice, you get to “See” them too. Pretty cool how technology has advanced since the days of my mission.
But even though missionaries only call home twice per year, they DO keep in contact with their families through weekly letters or email. Email wasn’t an option when I was on my mission. I would have loved it though.
Just as important as the letters or emails that a missionary writes to their family and friends, are the emails and letters they actually receive. These letters offer them support and love and helps them to keep on going while they are away from home. When I was on my mission, I know I loved receiving letters and packages. It was exciting at times because they had so many holidays and we wouldn’t get any mail. Then we’d get a bunch all at once. But those times when we went day after day after day after day without mail were discouraging. Sometimes we felt like the mailman was stealing our letters and keeping them and our packages for themselves. Certainly it wasn’t because no one had sent us anything, right? If only…
I found this video of some missionaries accusing the mailman of taking their letters. In this song, the mailman WAS taking them. It was pretty funny and the guys that made it did it after serving missions. So the sentiment is kind of real in a funny way. Enjoy!