Thursday, May 30, 2013

New Contact Information

Here is Rachel's new contact information now that she is in D.C.

Sister Rachel Udall
Washington D.C. South Mission
5242 Lyngate Ct.
Burke, VA 22015-1631

Make sure her FIRST and LAST name are on the envelope.

Please use this address when writing letters or sending packages.  This is the mission office address.

Sending Packages:

When sending packages, please send by US POSTAL SERVICE 1st class or priority mail, not parcel post. The mission office can forward US Postal Service packages sent by 1st class or priority mail, but they have to hold all others (FedEx, UPS, DHL, and USPS parcel post, etc.) until they travel to the missionaries which may take up to 6 weeks.  This process should be followed even if Rachel puts an apartment address on letters to you.  By following this procedure, she will receive her mail within a few days and mail doesn't end up following them from apartment to apartment, or being held in the office.  Missionaries are transferred frequently, and sometimes on an emergency basis with no prior warning.

A few tips on mailing priority mail:

Priority mail has a flat rate envelope for $5.60.  The package doesn't have to necessarily be flat, just close.  I have done this a few times and it was a great, quick, relatively cheap way to let her know I was thinking about her.  Thanks Julene, my sister, for sharing this tip.

Priority mail also has a medium flat rate box ($12.35) and large flat rate box ($16.85).

You can also still use to send a letter or a dearelder package.  To send a letter, you will need to set up an account on dearelder and put money into the account.  I set up an account and there is a .75 cent transaction charge to put money into the account. The charge is .46 cents to send a letter. I don't think she receives the letter the same day like in the MTC but probably within a few days.

Lots of love,

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