MR says: Though your missionary is still an important part of your family, there is some family news that can stress out or distract missionaries. It's always good to share the important details of our lives, but for news that doesn't uplift or help, some of that can wait until they get home.
Because of the drama surrounding letters and emails, P-day became a day of mixed emotions when I was serving my mission. Some missionaries loved getting emails and letters, but others dreaded emails and letters. Why . . .?
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Because some . . . are full of uplifting messages from family and friends. But some . . . are full of bad news or drama that stress us out or make us homesick.
In one of my areas, we joked about skipping emails altogether! Because of all the negativity that came from the letters, we talked about how we wished everyone would stop emailing us about certain things. Here are 5 topics to avoid writing your missionary about!
“When you get home . . .”
When missionaries get near the end of their mission, they are trying super hard to focus on the work and not get “trunky.” The closer it gets, the harder it becomes. It is extremely hard to do so when you’re getting emails that keep pulling your thoughts to “When you get home…” At one point on my mission, it got so bad I replied. “I am a missionary now; I’ll talk about home when I get home.”
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I knew many missionaries where the last two transfers they just gave up; they got “trunky.” They mentally were home, but physically on the mission still. It was just awful. The work would stall, and everyone was hurt . . . . Please help us focus, don’t email us about when we come home; ask us about the area!
Send love from home to your favorite missionary and their companion with this adorable Christmas stocking. Get one for the home as well to keep them a part of the festivities.