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