When I was a missionary, I received mail from relatives and friends, and occasionally from ward members. But I would have loved more -much more- mail. Once I received an envelope of letters from a family in my home ward who had obviously written letters to both me and their grandma for a family home evening activity. I only know this because I received the envelope with letters meant for grandma (thanking her for the birthday presents, etc), and I imagine that their grandma received an envelope with letters meant to encourage a missionary. :) The point is, any mail is better than no mail.
|Me, serving a mission in Minnesota (1997)|
|Our good friend, Elder Heiden, currently serving in Brazil|
There is an excellent post on a blog called "Young Women Who Know," which has a chart that shows what you should/should not write/send to a missionary. I've copied this over from the "Young Women Who Know" blog:
"Are you writing to a missionary? Do you wonder what to say or write about?
Here are some ideas. The most important thing to remember is to keep your letters light and positive. Your missionary needs encouraging, uplifting, even spiritual letters that make him or her better after having read them.
|Things to ask about||Things to share||Things to avoid|
|Good Things in small packages||Messages from Family and Friends|