Alright lovely family, friends, and followers, there’s A LOT of information to get through in this post and I hope I do okay conveying it! Let me know if you have questions!
Okay, so to send mail to me on my mission, there are two options, pouch mail or USPS.
1. Pouch Mail
You can send two kinds of letter through the pouch: either a postcard or a letter on one side of a single sheet of paper. These are the only types of correspondence the pouch mail service will accept. The service does not accept envelopes or packages. Anything other than that will be sent back to you.
If you are using a piece of paper, the sheet should be folded into three parts, as is commonly done to insert a letter into a business envelope. The top edge of the sheet should be fastened with tape on the top edge only, no closer than one inch to either side. They recommend a single 8 1/2-inch x 11-inch sheet of 20-pound paper (the equivalent of paper used in most copiers/printer).
Write your return address in the top left corner. Apply a stamp (just a regular forever stamp) to the top right corner of the tri-folded paper or post card, and mail it to Church headquarters.
The Mexico MTC Pouch Mailing Address is:
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150
And for my actual mission:
Uruguay Montevideo West Mission
P.O. Box 30150
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150
This option is good cause its considerably cheaper, however, its not always easy to write a one page letter, at least for me! I will probably send a few letters this way to try it out and see if it works well. One of the returned missionaries I talked to said it worked great for her, she just had to write really small to fit everything in her letters!
2. USPS and International Stamps
This way you can send however long of a letter in a regular envelope. I was asking around about how well letters and packages get to Urugauy, and a returned sister missionary on Facebook who served in my mission said “I’ve used some international stamps to send letters to Uruguay after my mission, and I’ve been able to send pictures and the letters get there quickly! So if you’re wanting that, go ahead and get international stamps. As for packages, I got various packages just fine! My mom always made sure to send them in padded envelopes from the post office and I think they weighed very little. So that helped a ton!” Also, it was mentioned that if you have Jesus or Mary stickers, it isn’t a bad idea to stick it on there so that some guy at the post office doesn’t swipe the mail. International stamps for a basic letter are somewhere between $1-2.
For regular mail, the address of the Mexico City MTC is:
Sister Sarah Anita Hibbert
Departure Date/District# (My family will post this upon my arrival in Mexico)
Carr. Tenayuca-chalmita 828
Col. Zona Escolar
Del. Gustavo A. Madero
C.P. 07230 Mexico, Distrito Federal
And once I know where I will be in Uruguay more specifically, I will have that information posted!
So, let me know if that made a lick of sense! You are all the best and I cant wait to send you letters! It seriously blows my mind that I am 7 days away from my mission!