Info. for Parents of Missionaries
Parents always have concerns with having a son or daughter
8000 miles away. Although the missionaries themselves usually have no problem
with this, here is some information for those left at home.
There will always be a lag time
in a letter response from your missionary. It will take a little getting used
to. Questions from you that need to be answered should be thought of well ahead
of time. Email responses may take 1-2 weeks and postal mail response may take
from 2-5 weeks.
Policy for email: “With changed
conditions in the world and concerns about the security and the unreliability of
traditional mail in some parts of the world, the First Presidency and Quorum of
the Twelve have decided that, under approved mission guidelines, missionaries
may now communicate with their families by means of e-mail.” Approved mission
- Missionaries may use e-mail only on
- Missionaries may use computers in
public facilities such as libraries or appropriate commercial outlets.
- Companions are to be together while
using a computer, (this means four eyes on one computer screen.)
- Missionaries should not impose on
Church members who may have computers.
- Any cost for using e-mail is to be
paid by the missionary.
- Content and language should be
- Missionaries should write only to
the email address of his/her family, then the family may forward the email
to appropriate others.
The easiest and safest way to
get mail to your missionary is through the church pouch system. This a system of
'bulking' the mail together for a weekly delivery. The mail is sent to the
Church Office Building in Salt Lake, then to the mission home, then to your
missionary's zone leader, then to your missionary at their weekly meeting. On
average, the missionary will receive your mail within about 2 weeks. There are
restrictions to what can be sent through the pouch. Only envelopes containing
letters are supposed to be sent. If a package or bulky letter is received at
church headquarters headed for the pouch, it will be promptly returned to you.
Since the letters are sent in bulk, they are fairly secure in arriving. Your
missionary will also be able to send mail to you through the pouch. To send a
letter through the pouch address the letter like this:
Argentina Córdoba Mission
P.O. Box 30150
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150
All other types of mail will
need to be sent through the regular mail system. Mail sent through the regular
mail system has a chance of arriving within a week, where the Pouch system
always takes about two weeks. In past years, some mail has been lost or stolen
along the way. Some tips will help to assure proper arrival of your mail.
not send cash in the mail. (See money section below)
packages weighing less than 3.5 lbs. The Argentine mail system will not levy
import taxes on small packages weighing less than 1.5 Kg (3.3 Lbs.), but will on
larger packages. (Missionaries have paid up to $100 to obtain packages sent by
well meaning parents.) If you have to, break large packages into many smaller
10. On the
declaration of what is in your package, write something ambiguous, like
"Missionary Supplies", and put a value of $0.00. Your missionary will receive an
extra charge of $10 to $160 if the package is:
- more than four pounds
- marked with a price value
- if the items are listed on the
list of contents
- sent express by a private company
(UPS, Federal Express - ¨FedEx,¨ DHL, etc.)
- sent in a large box
wrap the packages well. If a package "accidentally" comes open, all the contents
may "accidentally" not be put back in. A "Pringles" can taped closed with
packaging tape or brown padded packages are ideal shipping containers.
12. It is
recommended to send packages via regular mail. Items sent through private
services (ie. UPS, Federal Express) take a long time to arrive, and there is a
very large sum to receive the package.
If other members of your family
are going to be sending packages, please advise them of these guidelines.
The mailing address of the
mission home is:
Gay Lussac 5270
Apartado Postal 49-X5009ZAA
5009 Villa Belgrano, Córdoba
C.C 17 Suc. 9
Calling your Missionary
missionary will only be allowed to contact you by telephone when allowed by
his/her president. Each president has different policies. Do not encourage your
missionary to break the mission rules.
"In order to succeed,
missionaries must have a spirit of devotion, obedience, and sacrifice as they
seek to proclaim the gospel and establish the Church. . . This devotion includes
a commitment to leave their loved ones and serve with an eye single to the glory
of God. . . Under the direction of the mission president, missionaries may
telephone their parents at Christmas and on one other occasion during the year.
. . Because these calls have a tendency to distract missionaries and in order to
minimize costs to the families, please keep these calls to a few minutes." --
Elder Boyd K. Packer, Acting President, Quorum of the Twelve, October 26, 2000.
Several weeks prior to making these two calls, please use e-mail or regular mail
to establish the appointed time for the calls.
If you need to contact your
missionary immediately for some reason (death in the family, etc...), you may
call the mission home. The phone number to the mission home is:
011-54-3543-421-232. Most of the missionaries in the mission home can speak
English, and those that can’t speak English know enough English to be able to
tell you to wait while he finds a missionary that does.
Any emergency may be also be
communicated directly to the Missionary Department offices in Salt Lake City
during normal business hours at (801) 240-2222 or the General Operator of the
Church at (801) 240-1000.
Your Missionary's Safety
your missionary is in a safe environment. Your missionary will run into people
from all walks of life in his/her pursuit to teach the gospel.
Remember, your child is being
watched over and will be protected. In Doctrine and Covenants, section 88, verse
88, it reads: "I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit
shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up."
Your Missionary's Health
generally speaking, work about 16 hours a day, and walk about 6 miles a day.
They have a rigorous schedule, but most respond and stay healthy. Please send
multi-vitamins and other common "over-the-counter" vitamins that aid in good
health. The Church offers consultation with doctors should it be necessary.
Unlike other areas of Central and South America, rarely does a missionary from
Cordoba return home with any sort of illness.
Sending Money to Your Missionary
that your missionary is given each month is enough for his/her sustenance. In
most circumstances, they will not need any further assistance. Sometimes a
special need will arise in which extra funds would be desired (new suit, broken
camera, etc.), but generally funds are sufficient. If you would like to send
extra money to your missionary, they will love you for it. You should NOT send
personal checks through the pouch.
Personal Checking Accounts (Debit Card Accounts) to provide extra cash are
encouraged because 1) It is a safe, sure way to send money, and 2) There are
many Automatic Teller Machines that the missionarys have access to.
If you live in South America, follow these instructions to send extra money to
1. Go to
Deposit the money in the Church’s account (Number 3941-3-026-9)
3. Get a
a fax to the Church Offices in Buenos Aires (011) 4779 6586 with a copy of the
receipt and a note explaining the deposit. For example: Offices of Buenos Aires:
I, Juan Navarro, deposited $10.00 in the Church’s bank account for my son Elder
Marcos Navarro who is serving in the Córdoba Argentina Mission.
you can send money through Western Union, which is also a safe, sure way to send
live in North America, follow these instructions to send extra money to your
up a bank account for your child with a debit card, send this debit card to your
child through a letter or package, do not send the personal identification
number with the card, later, when you write your weekly letter to your
missionary by email, send the number in your letter. Your missionary will then
have access his/her account.
can also send money through ZIONS BANK. You can send money through the
missionarys support card. There is a 5 dollar charge for this transaction.
send checks directly to your missionary or to the Mission Home.
The missionary should bring $100 to keep in an emergency.
Due to economic instabilities in Argentina prices of goods
fluctuate often. Electronics and technological devices may cost the same or up
to 10 times as much as in the U.S. Food items are generally comparable.
Picking Up Your
Any information or questions regarding
flights or release date must be directed to the Missionary Department. They are
the first to know such details.
If you wish to meet your missionary in Cordoba, Argentina and travel following
the mission, it is very important that you contact the Mission Home by fax or
telephone at least three months prior to the release date.