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By Kent Larsen
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LDS Church Allows Missionaries to Correspond by E-mail Again

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Three years after banning e-mail use by some missionaries, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has decided to again allow its use. The policy change, announced Wednesday, January 9th, was made to alleviate problems with the reliability of traditional mail in parts of the world.

Missionaries are restricted in their use of e-mail, however, said LDS Church spokesman Dale Bills. As with traditional mail, missionaries should only write home once a week, on "preparation day," and must use computers in libraries or other public or commercial facilities. They must pay for the service themselves and should not "impose on church members who may have computers."

The ban three years ago addressed concerns with abuse of e-mail by some missionaries who were writing more often than once a week and were tying up members' computers in the process. Despite the ban, Church officials allowed e-mail use in some areas where "serious postal service problems exist." The new policy restores e-mail use universally.


E-Mail Again Allowed for LDS Missionaries
Salt Lake Tribune 10Jan02 N1
By Peggy Fletcher Stack: Salt Lake Tribune


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