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By Kent Larsen

New Website Eases Letters To Missionaries

PROVO, UTAH -- A new website launched by two BYU students hopes to make it easy to send letters to LDS missionaries. allows users to address and write a letter to an LDS missionary on-line, which is then printed out and mailed to the missionary. But the nascent service is currently limited to "pouch" missions and to the MTC, expansion of the service depends on advertising on the website.

Dave Bateman says he got the idea for the service from other websites that currently deliver goods to LDS missionaries at the Provo Missionary Training Center (MTC). "I thought about that for a little bit, and I realized that you could open that up and expand the idea and actually create an Internet interface where people could log on and write to people in all the missions," Bateman said. He then got his roommate, Ben Zimmer, to help.

Zimmer, an information systems major, wrote a program to print the letters out. The two roommates then stuff the letters into envelopes and deliver them to the MTC and to the LDS Church's mail system. "Pouch" mail refers to that system, used by the Church to speed delivery of mail to its missions when local mail services are unreliable.

Bateman says that the partners plan to expand the service in February to cover all missions. Their idea is to cover the costs of the mail through advertising on the website. They are seeking advertisers looking for an LDS audience.

Zimmer says he thinks the website will prove a great help. "We consider this a service for families. For pouch mail and the MTC we are only talking pennies in terms of costs to mail letters. This will enable anyone in the country, anyone in the world, to mail letters to missionaries without any cost."


BYU students connect families and missionaries with new Web site
Excite News 6Nov00 I4
By Tina Thorley: The Daily Universe


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